A Bank of Her Own
The first US bank for women was opened by a fraudster in 1879. It took 40 years for a reputable women’s bank to be founded in Tennessee.
Why is the US Dollar So Strong?
Not only did post-World War II policy give the United States a managerial position in the world order, it gave it an outsize role in shaping the global economy.
How We All Got in Debt
Consumer debt shapes American lives so thoroughly that it seems eternal and immortal, but it’s actually relatively new to the financial world.
Building an Economy on Paper Money
A shortage of coined currency led Pennsylvania to begin using paper money in the 1720s. The British didn't like it, but the colonists did.
Banks’ Own Private Currencies in 19th-Century America
Before the Civil War local banks issued their own money. It was totally legit, too.
“Hard Times Tokens” Were Not One Cent
The counterfeit currencies issued in response to 1837’s coin shortage were worthless—or were they?
Debt, History of
From debtors' prison to student loan debt, six stories from the archive.
Video Game Streams Are Creating New Forms of Community
Khasino, a Marvel Strike Force streamer on Twitch, makes his living playing video games for an audience.
When Big Rewards Don’t Pay Off
One would think that offering potentially big rewards would inspire workers to create better work. A study found a more complicated picture.
Marxferatu: Teaching Marx with Vampires
For a younger generation trying to understand Marxism, the best way in may be: vampirism.