Financial Cents: Posts About History

National One Cent Day: The Long History (and Murky Future) of the U.S. Penny

Pennies pre-date the U.S., dating as far back as Anglo-Saxon Britain, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that they'll be around for much longer.

Posted on: April 01, 2019


Here are the 10 Weirdest Taxes in History

If you really hate taxes, then may we suggest not getting your bagels sliced in New York City and not wearing a beard in Tsar Peter the Great's Russia.

Posted on: March 22, 2019


A Brief History of Point-Shaving in College Basketball

There are good ways to make an extra buck and there are not-so-good ways ... and there's point-shaving, which is a really bad way.

Posted on: March 15, 2019


Money at the Movies: Will The Oscars Reward a Box Office Winner or a Total No-Show?

Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody were international smash hits, while Roma drastically increased its viewership by skipping theatres entirely.

Posted on: February 21, 2019


How Have Movie Stars’ Salaries Changed Over Time?

Movie star salaries have actually gone down in recent decades, but don't worry, shares of the box office have been keeping Hollywood's biggest stars in the green.

Posted on: February 14, 2019


Love and Money: A Brief History of Dowries

After a strong 3,000 year run dating back to Ancient Babylon, the practice of wedding dowries is finally going out of fashion ... for the most part. 

Posted on: February 06, 2019


Here Are the 10 Most Expensive Commercials Ever Made

Two things that a lot of these ads have in common are the Super Bowl and celebrities—which makes sense, as both those things are super expensive!

Posted on: February 01, 2019


From Rags to Riches: A Financial History of the NFL

From a group of four rickety Midwestern football teams to a $14 billion-a-year financial juggernaut, The NFL has come a long way since it was founded in 1920.

Posted on: January 22, 2019


A Brief History of Credit Cards

Diners Club cards weren't the first type of credit card, but they were the first to find success on a large scale—even though their inventor wrote them off as a "fad."

Posted on: January 14, 2019


It’s a Wonderful Life Is a Perfect Primer on Predatory Lending

The Frank Capra classic is not only a heart-warming tale of community and common decency, but it's also an incisive portrait of predatory business practices. 

Posted on: December 18, 2018