Automatic For The People

Automatic For The People

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

For getting started with basic finance goals, we need robotic automation, not human resolution. I’ll explain. Did you know that January 17th of each year is officially “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day?” This post lands squarely in the spirit and timeline of that tradition. Resolutions never work. Instead, automation works. I’m a finance guy so […]

Texas Wants Its Own Fort Knox Because...

Texas Wants Its Own Fort Knox Because…

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

Now that the holiday season is behind us, you’re probably wondering where to store all of your gold ingots, lumps of physical gold, and bars of gold bullion. The struggle is real, amirite? Never fear, the State of Texas has your back, in 2018. Specifically, the Texas Bullion Depository wants to solve all your gold […]

A Local Brewery Origin Story

A Local Brewery Origin Story

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Künstler Brewing’s story began six years ago during the holidays, in something that sounds to me like a version of an O’Henry Story, a modern-day “Gift of the Magi.” Brent Deckard, pilot in the Air Force Reserves, beer enthusiast and occasional home-brewer, found himself deployed to Afghanistan for six months. Vera Deckard, food and wine-enthusiast, […]

Cash Transfers and Hurricane Relief

Cash Transfers and Hurricane Relief

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In response to the extraordinary needs of their city after Hurricane Harvey, Houston philanthropists John and Laura Arnold first gave $5 million to the “Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund,” aka the “Mayor’s Fund.” Following that gift, however, the couple made a second $5 million gift to an atypical organization named GiveDirectly one […]

The Populist Approach to Disaster Relief

The Populist Approach to Disaster Relief

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

What is the most effective way to deliver resources to a community in need, especially following a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey? We’re still far from knowing the best way, and we won’t all agree on the answer. Should relief come from the federal government, primarily through FEMA and the SBA? Should financial relief come […]