Thursday, July 13, 2017

Johnny Depp's Lost MIllions

In Brewster's Millions, a movie I remember fondly, the hero receives good news and bad news.

The good news: His uncle has left him $8 million.

The bad news: He must spend the first million in two months, without keeping any assets, or lose the entire inheritance. Back in 1945, when the movie was made, spending a whole million quickly wasn't that easy.

If Hollywood plans a new remake, Johnny Depp deserves the starring role. Over the years the gifted actor has made $650 million. But his gifts as a spender – and perhaps his disinterest in wealth management – have left him in a financial crisis.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Chase Manhattan's Recycled Nest Eggs

From late 1966, here's what appears to be one of the last of Chase Manhattan's iconic nest egg ads.


But the ad agency must have had a couple of photos left over. Rejects, perhaps – shots never used because they looked too proletarian.  (Real wealth-holders had gardeners.) 

So here are the leftovers, recycled in the spring of 1967 to promote … savings accounts!



Weird, isn't it? For all those years Chase promoted the idea that wealth is a drag, made tolerable only by the bank's custodial and advisory services. Now Chase wanted ordinary folks to believe that maybe getting richer isn't so bad after all.