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Weird Money

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About the Project

NFTs? SPACs? GME? Finance and money is getting weirder and somehow more obtuse, especially as the internet accelerates the speed at which people can get rich—and how quickly they can lose it.

Liz Lopatto’s beat has been talking about the mutation of our financial systems in a form that is geared not for the investor but for the layman. Her pieces have also been a way to sort through the noise (which seems to be getting louder and more rapid) to understand which parts are likely to remain part of our economy, and which will fade faster than a meme. And of course, her pieces (and occasional video) offer a crystal clear, accessible way to understand complex financial instruments in a form that recognizes the stakes while making them human-scale for readers.