Financial Cents: Posts About History

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


20 Weird Financial Facts About Christmas

Which age group in America is buying the most holiday gifts for their pets? If you guessed Millennials—and of course you did—you'd be wrong!

Posted on: December 17, 2018


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


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


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


10 Money Lessons From the Worst Contracts in NBA History

NBA owners and general managers give out terrible contracts all the time. And since they're unlikely to ever stop, we figured SOMEONE should learn from their financial mistakes.

Posted on: October 12, 2018