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The Basis Point’s Best Artwork: July 2019

In July we focused mostly on covering data so we ran more charts than original art, but we’re still sharing our monthly art highlights from creative director Dennis below. We do this because we believe strong artwork is just as important as clear analysis when explaining how the latest consumer finance and housing trends impact you. Here are a few top selections from July 2019.

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EVERYONE’S MISSING THE ENDGAME OF AMAZON’S REAL ESTATE REFERRAL DEAL WITH REALOGY

THE POST: Amazon’s real estate agent referral deal with Realogy, the parent brand of household real estate names like Coldwell Banker, is probably the biggest real estate story of the year so far. But the peanut gallery forgot about it after a quick freakout. That’s why we dove in once the news cycle died down to show you how Amazon is testing the waters for a potential play in real estate.

WHY WE LOVE THE ARTWORK: While Jeff Bezos won’t be your realtor anytime soon, Amazon is starting to train you to look for your next home on The Everything Store. Consumer research shows you look for everything else there, so why not your next home? Plus “Disrupting Our Way Into Real Estate” seemed like the perfect catch phrase for Bezos Realty.

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AMAZON ALEXA CAN LOOK IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AND TELL YOU IF YOU’RE BROKE

THE POST: Amazon is slowly building the infrastructure to serve you financially throughout all its products. We’re closely watching developments like connecting your bank to your Alexa.

WHY WE LOVE THE ARTWORK: As Amazon gets deeper and deeper into your wallet, budget, and financial life overall, we like to use our art to illustrate how your interactions with it might look. Sadly for too many of us, this is how Alexa would answer if we asked it how much was in our bank account.

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MAKE THE FED POLITICAL AGAIN—JULY 2019 EDITION

THE POST: Our newest recurring feature chronicles how Washington, D.C. puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to deliver political results. Politics and the Fed are nothing new, but they have a distinct flavor in the Trump era—hence our rendering of the president’s trademark headgear.

WHY WE LOVE THE ARTWORK: I dare any finance types to not laugh at the image of Trump putting one of these caps on at a Fed press conference. Enough said.