Financial Cents: Posts About History

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All the “Uncut Gems” Oscar Snubs: An Article Tangentially Related to Personal Finance

The night sky will be empty Sunday because all the stars are at the Oscars. Well, not all of them…

Posted on: February 08, 2020

A Brief History of Legalized Gambling

Gambling has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. But in America, the twentieth century saw new calls for making gambling illegal.

Posted on: July 10, 2019

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

If you struggle to understand how compound interest can help build your retirement savings, you'll find Bobby Bonilla Day very instructive.

Posted on: July 01, 2019

A Brief History of Debtors’ Prisons

Does a prison for not paying your debts sound like something from a nightmarish future? Wrong! It's a real thing from our nightmarish past!

Posted on: June 10, 2019

Pro Athletes Make a Lot of Money, and Free Agency Is a Big Reason Why

Before free agency was instituted prior to the 1976 season, baseball players had almost no way to field multiple offers from multiple teams.

Posted on: May 27, 2019

A Brief History of Sick Days

When it comes to guaranteeing paid medical leave, the United States is behind many European nations ... and possibly the Ancient Egyptians as well.

Posted on: May 17, 2019

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