(noun, etymology Dutch from ‘boedel’: estate, possession, inheritance, stock.). 1. Crowd, pack, lot, as in ‘the whole boodle.’ 2. a. Counterfeit money b. Money acquired or spent illegally or improperly, particularly when used in bribery for political purposes. 3. Slang for money in general.

Boodle Call

Posted on: Nov. 23, 2009  |  By: Ronnie Kahn  |  Category: General

As a personal wealth manager for nearly twenty years who has helped everyone from Indie rock stars to CEO’s grow their assets, I live and breathe money. I also tend to think in strings of analogies, like a spiral staircase in a Dr. Seuss book that has no end. I know, for example, that money talks. Now, whether it sounds to you like Daffy Duck or Margaret Thatcher is an open question.

Money is also the language we speak, whether or not we are fluent. It is the very air we breathe, whether smog-ridden or mountain sharp. In other words, much as we might like to try, there’s no way to completely remove money from our lives. This would be like trying to find something to swim in other than water. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t invent a new stroke.

By ‘we’ I don’t just mean we as individuals. No, our families and communities need to change. So do our institutions, corporations, and governments. It’s up to all of us to rebuild the economy, a word whose Greek origins refer simply to the management of a household and which has grown to encompass the worldwide system of producing, distributing and consuming, well, everything. Isn’t it high time we get our house in order, to build an economy we can actually believe in?

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