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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.

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    Welcome to StackExchange Sci-Fi & Fantasy! – RichS May 26 '17 at 5:22
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I believe this is "Tomorrow's Wall Street Journal" by Howard Fast (1970). It's in the anthology "The General Zapped an Angel"

https://www.amazon.ca/General-Zapped-Angel-Howard-Fast/dp/1536639850

a man sells his soul to the devil for a copy of the next day's Wall Street Journal

I've also found on google books a copy of the first few pages of the text. The opening is this:

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If you follow the google link, you'll see that a few pages in, the stock that will boom tomorrow is indeed a telephone company!

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