first question on here.
The short story I remember reading ~15 years ago was in a short story anthology. Here's what I remember:
Man and wife are broke. The devil approaches them and offers them stuff for the guy's soul. They want to be rich so the devil gives them a copy of the next day's Wall Street Journal where the price of a super low volatility, phone company shot up in price.. say 100x
So they try to raise funds from ppl to go buy that company (broker, bank, brother in law). but no one lends them money cause they thought he was insane. So they end up wasting the opportunity.
The next day, the Devil comes back and the man explains that they have no money so they were unable to use the opportunity. The only sizeable asset they have is the wife's life insurance and it takes 30 days to cash that in.
so the devil gives him the Wall Street Journal for 30 days later.
and the story ends
The only other thing I remember is that the wife was always egging the man on to risk all the stuff (and sell his soul) which was probably why he was willing to cash in the life insurance.
Anyways, thanks in advance.