🌎 Feeling wealthy

Plus: Harry and Meghan's Spotify podcast deal ends

People walk outside a Chanel store on New Bond Street in London, Britain, March 11, 2023.
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Gen Zers and Millennials feel wealthier than their elders. Only 40% of Baby Boomers feel wealthy, compared to 46% of Gen Z.

The US Department of Energy was affected by the global CLOP ransomware attack. Two entities, including a radioactive waste storage facility, were among those breached.


Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation will display all-in prices. The company’s commitment follows a White House campaign to end hidden fees.  

Spotify ended its deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple are expected to find a new home for their podcasting efforts.


Origin story: The Body Mass Index

The Body Mass Index, used since the 1970s as the main metric to measure healthy weight, was developed by Belgian mathematician Adolphe Quetelet in the 1830s using data from—you guessed it—European white men.

Unsurprisingly, that has made the BMI inherently racist and sexist. But it wasn’t until this week that the American Medical Association finally acknowledged these issues, officially warning doctors to use the BMI with caution. Read more about the AMA’s decision.

Quotable: The Fed now predicts a soft landing

“We have been seeing the effects of our policy tightening on demand in the most interest rate sensitive sectors of the economy, especially housing and investment. It will take time, however, for the full effects of monetary restraint to be realized, especially on inflation.”


—Fed chair Jerome Powell in a press conference on Wednesday. The Federal Reserve has changed its mind about the US hitting a recession this year.

One big plunge: 36%

That’s how much the naira fell against the US dollar on June 14, when the Central Bank of Nigeria decided to change its policy and allow the currency to float freely.


It’s not the only change at the bank: Nigerian president Bola Tinubu suspended its embattled governor Godwin Emefiele, during whose term the black market for foreign exchange thrived.

Quartz’s Faustine Ngila discusses the opportunities and perils now facing the Nigerian currency.


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Diablo IV sales are really hot and slightly satanic. The new game broke $666 million in sales in five days.


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