The evolution of retirement

If I were to go back to school, I think I’d study retirement. That probably sounds boring to some of you, but I find the subject fascinating. No joke: My bedtime reading lately consists of books like A History of Retirement by Wiliam Graebner. You see, retirement is a relatively recent concept. It’s only really…


How to stay rich when you win the lottery

Jason Butler at The Financial Times shares the story of Roger and Lara Griffiths, the couple who won £1.8 million ($2.76 million) in the U.K.’s National Lottery in 2005. Instead of using the windfall to buy themselves financial freedom, eight years later the Griffiths found themselves with only £7 in the bank. Overspending on lavish…


Buying a World War II-era Monopoly set

Like many folks, some of my first real experiences with economics and personal finance came from playing Monopoly, the real-estate trading game. As a young capitalist, the game appealed to me, and I loved playing it with my cousins at holiday family gatherings. (I can’t say I was very good at it, but I still…