Financial Cents: Posts About Financial News

The Secret Financial History of Commercialized Christmas

Christmas started getting commercialized well before the 20th century, but it took Coca-Cola to launch a certain jolly old elf into the commercial stratosphere.

Posted on: December 12, 2018


Why NFL Stars Often Make Less Than Pretty Good MLB Players

If your retirement plan involves your kid becoming a millionaire sports star, you probably want them playing baseball or basketball, not football.

Posted on: November 08, 2018


The Secret Financial History of Voting

There's a lot of money in politics today, but old-timey politicians used to straight-up bribe them for their votes—sometimes with booze!

Posted on: November 01, 2018


What’s a Trade War and Do I Really Need to Care?

Trade wars are the petty schoolyard fights of international politics, only with billions of dollars and thousands (maybe millions) of jobs on the line.

Posted on: October 31, 2018


How the Affordable Housing Shortage is Hurting Your Bank Account

There aren't enough affordable home and apartments to go around, which means that rent and mortgage payments are taking a big bite out of people's paychecks.

Posted on: October 29, 2018


It’s Not Just You: Medical Costs Are Out of Control

There isn't any single reason that medical costs have gone up, but that just means there aren't any easy solutions either.

Posted on: October 25, 2018


Horror Films Cost Very Little to Make and They Make a LOT of Money

People love horror movies, and rubber masks are cheap. Producer Jason Blum has turned that formula into a money-printing movie empire.

Posted on: October 18, 2018


We’ve Made the Inc. 500 for a Whopping Third Year in a Row!

When it comes to the Inc. 500, three-peats are rare: Only one in four companies manages to make the prestigious list for three consecutive years. 

Posted on: August 15, 2018


Millennials Love Using Uber, But Seniors are the Ones Driving

According to one survey, over half of Uber drivers are ages 61 and above. Turns out that driving for a rideshare app can be a great way for retirees to earn some extra income—and fill their spare time!

Posted on: August 10, 2018


Rising Bankruptcy Rates Are Threatening America’s Seniors

A new study has found that bankruptcy rates for Americans 65 and older have grown fivefold since 1991—and indicates that a fraying social safety net is to blame.

Posted on: August 08, 2018