Gin is a Trending Tonic

The botanical-forward booze once known for its medicinal benefitshas been the fastest growing spirit for at-home consumption sincethe beginning of the pandemic For centuries, gin has captured the imagination and soothed the spirit. But it got its start as a medicine used to treat or even prevent illness.  Medieval healers in Holland and Belgium called … Continued

Bourbon is Bigger in Texas

Garrison Brothers’ bold, pricey barrel-strength bourbons are worth the splurge Judging whiskey awards may sound like fun, but after sipping dozens over a couple of hours it becomes harder for any one spirit to impress your taste buds. My first exposure to Garrison Brothers Whiskey Distillery was as a judge during the blind tasting session … Continued

Crypto Consensus

Blockchain networks come to agreement through either proof-of-work or proof-of-stake protocols By Ryan Grace Proponents of cryptocurrency tend to view blockchain technology as the future of the financial system because it improves efficiency by removing intermediaries. In blockchains, everyone who’s participating can view the same information in real time, speeding up settlement and reconciliation. Blockchains are … Continued


Two big stories are dominating the financial pages as Luckbox goes to press—the stock market sell-off and Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Both got us thinking about comebacks. Active investors are losing sleep, tossing and turning as they fret about market strategy. In their sleep-deprived minds, they create scenarios for how each approach to active … Continued

Luckbox Leans in with Tracy Shuchart

On America’s energy security, the intermediate-term outlook for oil prices and the specific Tracy Shuchart began her career in finance at the Chicago Board of Trade as a futures and options broker. She then moved on to manage trade desks on the trading floor in both the agriculture and bond rooms where her firm served … Continued


Nearly half of Americans (47%) are worried about the availability and affordability of energy. That’s more than double the number who felt uneasy about it two years ago when concern reached its lowest level in the history of the Gallup poll. Many apparently blame President Joe Biden for the nation’s energy woes. In fact, polls … Continued

Advantage: House

Casual gamblers love slot machines. But what if they knew the numbers behind the bells and whistles? Slot machines attract new or casual gamblers to the casino because they offer a low-friction entry point for anyone intimidated by chips, craps, cards, dice, blackjack tables or roulette wheels. Plus, they’re cheap to play and they carry … Continued

Art class

Central banks have injected trillions of dollars into faltering economies to bolster financial markets in the face of the pandemic, but much of that cash has found its way to the few. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has widened the wealth gap. The world’s 10 richest people doubled their wealth from$700 billion to $1.5 trillion in 20 months—adding … Continued

Luckbox leans in with Ed Yardeni on the Measuring Misery

Yardeni, an investment industry veteran known as the “Wall Street Seer,” has held positions with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Fed Board of Governors and the U.S. Treasury Department. He served as the chief investment strategist at Prudential Equity Group and Deutsche Bank and as chief economist at Prudential-Bache Securities and EF … Continued


Every breath you take Every move you make I’ll be watching you. Every single day Every word you say Every game you play Every night you stay I’ll be watching you. —Every Breath You Take,The Police (1983) Sting composed those lyrics at Ian Fleming’s writing desk at the Goldeneye estate in Jamaica after his separation … Continued