Tag Archives: old timey finance

Age Sixty-Five is the Deadline for Becoming Independently Wealthy?

The standard retirement age in the U.S. is age 65.  Most people see that as the date they should be ready to retire, but retirement has changed significantly over that past hundred years.  I think our expectations have changed from … Continue reading

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Video: “The Crash of 1929”

PBS Video has a really interesting episode of American Experience available online (until Nov 10, 2013) entitled “The Crash of 1929.”  It’s a history of the year leading up to the great stock market crash of 1929, and its immediate … Continue reading

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Blast From The Past: Investment Advice From The Early 1900’s

Do you ever wonder about what people thought about financial planning before the industry of financial planning was created?  Well, I have a treat for you.  Here are two blasts from the past, courtesy of Project Gutenberg.* First we have … Continue reading

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Medieval Self-Improvement

The search for self-improvement appears to be an eternal one.  Here are a couple of excerpts from a medieval book of poetry (originally in Latin) titled Book of Emblems by Andrea Alciato.  Originally written in 1531, with many subsequent editions, … Continue reading

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“Way to Wealth” by Benjamin Franklin

Courteous Reader, I have heard that nothing gives an author so great pleasure, as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors. This pleasure I have seldom enjoyed; for tho’ I have been, if I may say it … Continue reading

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Wow! Look, a Paper Bond!

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a paper bearer bond.  This little beauty came across my desk the other week, and I thought you might want to take a look at it.  It had only one coupon left: … Continue reading

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