The 2010 Christmas Price Index

Best of the Web //

It’s become a yearly tradition for the folks at PNC to figure out how much it would cost to buy each of the gifts in the carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.”  Here are this year’s results – complete with an interactive pop-up book accompanied by PNC’s

The Economics of Holiday Gifts

Best of the Web //

WePay pored over some academic papers, Consumer Reports, and trade group publications to produce a helpful infographic on the behavioral economics of holiday gift giving. It’s interesting that an unused AMC Theaters gift card has a higher secondary market value (just 20% down) than one from

Migration of receipts

Best of the Web //

Graphic artist Cameron Zotter picked up discarded receipts over a 48 hour period and mapped out how far they had traveled from the point of purchase. See the huge version on Flickr or click below:

The minimum wage machine

Best of the Web //

From artist Blake Fall-Conroy: The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money.

The Economics of Seinfeld

Best of the Web //

Watch reruns… and learn! Three academics created a site that contains over 100 Seinfeld clips that illustrate principles of the dismal science. As they see it: It is the simplicity of Seinfeld that makes it so appropriate for use in economics courses. Using these clips…

Timely! A WikiLeaks of secret deals

Best of the Web //

Groupon shmoupon. Wired’s latest issue features a piece on ninja online bargain shoppers who show just how far traditional coupon snipping has come. There’s a woman who drives away from a food shopping trip with $80 worth of groceries and and a payment from the


Opinion and analysis on investing opportunities in today’s market.

In This Section