Motive and Opportunity

I don’t talk about myself much, to others in conversation, or on this blog in writing. I’m happy to talk about Old Money values, or discuss culture, history, philosophy, or current events. I have a keen interest in style–I would not call it fashion–and a passion for public policy–which I would not call politics. As … More Motive and Opportunity

Are You Ready for a Downturn?

Financial analysts and newspaper headlines are warning about another recession. It’s been awhile–over 10 years in fact–since the economy suddenly contracted and left many Americans of all income levels in no small amount of pain. It was 2007. The stock market tanked. Unemployment spiked. Homes were lost. Portfolios ravaged. Many people were forced to rethink … More Are You Ready for a Downturn?

The Huffington Post Talks Old Money

Journalist Geoff Williams spoke with a entrepreneurs, psychologists, wealth managers–and me–last week about when (and how) parents should stop giving their children money. His logic in wanting to speak with me was straightforward: Old Money families obviously know something about how to handle this issue, or there wouldn’t be any money left. He had some … More The Huffington Post Talks Old Money

Why I Buy 10 Pairs of Socks at One Time

I had a recent conversation with a friend of mine. We discussed retail purchases and I confessed that I bought a volume of wool socks from LL Bean in a single order. He was shocked. He thought it went against my philosophy of thrift. I explained: first, when I buy ten pairs of socks from … More Why I Buy 10 Pairs of Socks at One Time

The Lost Money Look…10 Years On

The following article appeared on the Ivy Style blog in 2008, during the pitch black months of the financial crisis. The blog’s founder, Christian Chensvold, promotes the ‘Ivy Style’ wardrobe and to a lesser extent its corresponding values. His article here is interesting: he makes the astute observation that the American economy is largely kept … More The Lost Money Look…10 Years On

Old Money Attribute: The Work Ethic

We talk a lot on this blog about how to dress and how to behave. Traditional, discreet clothing and manners are two of our big talking points, and I’m delighted by the enthusiastic support our readers give to these topics. However, I’ve received a couple of emails recently from well-intentioned young people who are asking … More Old Money Attribute: The Work Ethic