Best New Ideas in Money 2021

Our fourth annual special report, exploring the innovations that rethink how we spend, save and invest.


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Best New Ideas To change the world, we may need to change money first. Best New Ideas in Money explores innovations that rethink how we live, work, spend, save and invest. Each week, eLesor editor Jeremy Olshan and economist Stephanie Kelton will talk to leaders in business, tech, finance and government about the next phase of money's evolution, and meet real people whose lives are being changed as these new ideas are put to the test.

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In our previous editions of "Best New Ideas in Money", we explored the next phase in our financial evolution: the innovations that are rethinking money and unlocking exciting new possibilities.

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Every whale is worth $2 million? Why it’s time to add the value of nature to GDP

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How the quirky ways you type, swipe and behave can protect you online

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Mean Mr. Market: To fix the world and the economy, normal may not be good enough

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How the U.S. could be smarter about insuring against extreme weather-related disasters

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It took a pandemic for Americans to use this health-care innovation

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COVID-19 devastated nursing homes — here are safer, more cost-effective options

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Government is partnering with big banks, fintech to speed payments to Americans

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These technologies allow you to shop with your friends — without leaving the house

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Want to solve the retirement crisis? Two words: Baby bonds

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How the federal government could make college free

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Charity on a deadline: Why more philanthropists are spending themselves out of existence

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How to protect America from the next economic calamity

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Why buying and selling a house could soon be as simple as trading stocks

Artificial intelligence in housing could completely change the way we buy, sell and live

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How wiping out $1.5 trillion in student debt would boost the economy

Many American voters have come around to the idea that the loans are an unsustainable burden

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Silicon Valley’s final frontier for payments: ‘The neoliberal takeover of the human body’

Ditching credit cards for facial recognition removes the last physical barrier between our bodies and Corporate America

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Why the best person to give you money advice may NOT be an accountant or financial adviser

Financial therapy cuts straight to the emotional core of our bad money habits

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Workers would get money and voting power under this radical profit-sharing idea

Dividend-paying ‘inclusive ownership fund’ offers employees a leg up as the pay gap widens

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Why the coming recession could force the Federal Reserve to swap greenbacks for digital dollars

Paper bank notes are being upgraded for a digital future around the world

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The new technology that could turn small businesses into international companies

Advancements in machine translation technology are helping consumers, gamers and small businesses