Financial follies of 'Downton Abbey'

Reckless investing

Oh, Matthew. We’re not sure if your intentions were good or you were just trying to stop Lady Mary from raising yet another eyebrow, but investing any money with your new father-in-law was simply a bad idea.

The Earl of Grantham has proven himself incapable of managing his cash. There’s the Canadian railroad fiasco as well as the mismanagement of another fortune long ago, which forced him to take an American bride — and her inheritance.

Thankfully, Matthew was able to persuade his father-in-law, his wife and the rest of the family to make the estate more efficient and not just a money suck.

The real test will come in Season 4, when Robert will once again rule Downton, and its fortune, alone.