Justin Fox

I'm the business and economics columnist for TIME. Before joining the magazine in 2007, I spent more than a decade writing and editing for Fortune. I started this blog, the Curious Capitalist, on CNNMoney.com (Fortune's Internet home) in 2006. Way back when, I also worked at the American Banker, the Birmingham News, and the (Tulare, Calif.) Advance-Register. I grew up outside San Francisco in the lovely town of Lafayette, attended Acalanes High School (Go Dons!), went to college at Princeton, and lived in the Netherlands for a while. I'm married and have a son, and we live in New York City. Oh, and I've written a book. It's called 'The Myth of the Rational Market.' The Economist says it's "fascinating and entertainingly told." The FT says it's an "excellent new history," Burton Malkiel (writing in the Wall Street Journal) says it's "a valuable and highly readable history of risk and reward." Arthur Laffer (pontificating on CNBC), says it's "absolutely exquisite." Publisher's Weekly says it's "spellbinding." USA Today says it's "yawn-inducing." I could go on and on—and I do (although not so much about the yawns), at my personal website, byjustinfox.com. E-mail me at capitalist@timemagazine.com

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Faith Popcorn gave me her mouse pad!

The mouse pad pictured at left used to belong to famed trendinista Faith Popcorn, who grabbed it off her desk and handed it over to me this morning so I could read the list printed upon it of 17 trends that guide her firm‘s work. Then she told me to keep it.

I’ve been using it for a couple of hours now in place of my usual “Time Warner by …

When leaking is the right thing to do

Most of the media coverage of HP’s scandal, including my own modest effort, has gone out from the assumption that corporate leaking isn’t nearly as bad as corporate spying. Of course we journalists think that, right? We’ve never met a leak we don’t like.

From the perspective of a shareholder in a publicly traded corporation, though, there

Who needs a board of directors, anyway?

While contemplating the strange mess that Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors has gotten itself into, one of my FORTUNE colleagues asked last week, “Why do companies have boards of directors, anyway?”

Why indeed? I did a little checking (starting with the strenuous act of going to SSRN and searching on “corporate board history”), and …

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