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

That’s Mr. Marquis To You

The more time I spend in France, the more I realize how much we as Americans owe the French. While I’m no historian of philosophy, I can’t help but note the ideas of the Enlightenment that bubbled up here…Voltaire acted as the world’s first civil rights activist, challenging injustice in the French courts, and Rousseau’s … More That’s Mr. Marquis To You

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

The Old Money Book Blog – An Update

You may have noticed some recent updates to The Old Money Book blog. Among other little tweaks, some new pages have been added. You can click and view information about me (argh) on the About page; Review past posts more easily on the Archives page; Find summaries and quick links to most of my titles … More The Old Money Book Blog – An Update

The Limits of Belief

Most of the time, my life here in the City of Light is a steady but varied melange (French word) of writing, reading, phone calls, emails, meetings, long walks, and casual conversations. But every once in awhile, the routine’s sidewalk-cafe dreaminess is jolted, and I get cranky. The most recent occasion was marked by a … More The Limits of Belief

When (and How) To Stop Giving Your Children Money

I get more than a few emails asking about how to educate, communicate, and transition children into adulthood with good financial habits. The big question relating to this topic is often: when do I stop giving my kids money? As most of you remember, I was interviewed by Geoff Williams from The Huffington Post about … More When (and How) To Stop Giving Your Children Money