How many Kmarts are left in the United States?

This list was initially compiled in May 2020 utilizing Kmart's online store directory and then doing research through various news reports, phone calls to stores and message boards to verify the number of stores remaining open. We stand by the accuracy of this list recently cited in Forbes.Special July 12, 2021 update: The last Kmart … Continue reading How many Kmarts are left in the United States?

How to Earn Interest on Algorand with Coinbase

During a recent visit to a local store, I could hear that the people around me were talking about Dogecoin. I have a friend who works in finance, and he once told me that if you hear everyone talking about a certain investment, during your Uber ride, at the store, friends from college--you probably missed … Continue reading How to Earn Interest on Algorand with Coinbase

How to Earn Free Cryptocurrency on Coinbase

My first experience with investing started on a basketball court on a warm summer morning in July of 2019. As the day started to heat up, my brother and I played a game of horse, and he had me sign up for Robinhood. I quickly became obsessed. I made a lot of common mistakes, but … Continue reading How to Earn Free Cryptocurrency on Coinbase

Dead Malls: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.

We continue our series on dead malls with the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, colloquially known as Pittsburgh Mills, opened in summer 2005 to great fanfare as the second-largest shopping complex in western Pennsylvania. It started out with three anchor stores JCPenney, Kauffmans (which eventually became Macy’s), and … Continue reading Dead Malls: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.

What is Dogecoin (DOGE)? A history and timeline of the ‘joke’ currency

Dogecoin (DOGE) has recently had a spike that has increased the intrigue in the cryptocurrency that was once considered just a meme. Investopedia describes Dogecoin as: "...a peer-to-peer, open-source cryptocurrency...considered an altcoin and an 'almost sarcastic' meme coin." The name comes from its shiba-inu breed dog mascot. Investopedia also notes that while the coin was … Continue reading What is Dogecoin (DOGE)? A history and timeline of the ‘joke’ currency

How Many Sears Stores Are Left?

This piece is a continuation on our series keeping tabs on classic retail chains as they, unfortunately, fade into the rearview. This list is solely for full line Sears stores, Sears Grand, Sears Appliance & Mattress, and Sears Home Life stores. This list does not include owner operated Sears Hometown Stores. As we noted in … Continue reading How Many Sears Stores Are Left?

How Does Robinhood Make Money?

Photo from Robinhood.com Originally inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 (doesn't that seem like forever ago?), Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt set out to create a no-fee trading to "democratize access to the financial markets." A generation of new millennial investors have been lured in by the ease of access and ability … Continue reading How Does Robinhood Make Money?

Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? A different type of populist billionaire

This piece was originally published April 20, 2020 and updated January 31, 2021 to reflect recent calls by Chamath Palihapitiya. "You keep saying propping up zombie companies...are you arguing to let airlines, for example, fail?""Yes."A stunned Scott Wapner, a longtime CNBC host, stammers and stutters..."why? How does that make sense in the broader scheme of … Continue reading Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? A different type of populist billionaire

What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic

For one reason or another, if you grew up or live on the east coast of the United States, you will likely someday find yourself driving on Interstate 95. Among the terrifying highway signs warning you of eternal damnation with the backing of Old Testament fire and brimstone, you will see the kitsch of a … Continue reading What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic