Re-Thinking Individualism

The pandemic brought more than a few issues to light, especially for the United States. These issues have, at their core, our notion of individuality: our self-reliant, go-it-alone, pioneer spirit that we believe is central to our identity as Americans. Governors and state governments found themselves at odds with the federal government, not for the … More Re-Thinking Individualism

What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

One of the blessings of being on the planet for an extended period of time is that it affords perspective. In that sense, I pity the young: they can’t look back very far. Many of us hope to offer our insights and experiences to the chronologically challenged. As I may have said before, we want … More What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

Old Money: The End Result

It’s easy to discuss, debate, and discount the merits of the philosophy and strategies presented in The Old Money Book.  I’ve articulated general principles. People have individual experiences. I’ve detailed basic fundamentals. Life is nuanced. The book was written in 2013. We live in 2021. Some things have changed. Given these realities, it can be … More Old Money: The End Result

Old Money vs. New Money – The Attitude

One of the most important behavioral markers for Old Money individuals and families is their attitude…or lack thereof. Old Money is many times noticed by what it is not: loud, arrogant, obnoxious, or  condescending, to name just a few. The logical reasons for such behavior are obvious but worth noting. First, when you’ve come from … More Old Money vs. New Money – The Attitude

Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

I hope all of you are enjoying a safe and productive new year. Life here in Paris is still very regulated, with an 8pm to 6am curfew in effect. Infection rates hover at a high but manageable level. Masks and social distancing are the norm. Cafes, restaurants, and museums are still closed and will certainly … More Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

Back To Basics

In the past six plus years that I’ve been posting–and you’ve been commenting–on this  blog, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Starting out with articulating and discussing Old Money characteristics and the Old Money philosophy, we’ve branched off of that theme more than occasionally. We’ve discussed having cash on hand and renting vs. putting a … More Back To Basics

Noblesse Oblige: A Working List for the Low Key Rich

I’ve made it my mission over the past few years to articulate the fundamentals of the Old Money culture. The way we dress, the way we spend (or, more often that not, don’t spend), the priorities, the values, the habits. There’s another aspect that I touch on a little less often, and that’s the obligations … More Noblesse Oblige: A Working List for the Low Key Rich

An Obituary in The London Times

David, one of our longtime readers and contributors, forwarded this, which appeared in The London Times. Enjoy… Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in … More An Obituary in The London Times

The Greek, The French, and Me

I recently read a short, interesting book by Yanis Varoufakis. He is a former finance minister of Greece and was an all-round thorn in the EU’s side during Greece’s financial collapse a few years ago. The book, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy – A Brief History of Capitalism, is worthwhile. The history behind … More The Greek, The French, and Me