The New MyRA - From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

The New MyRA – From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

By The Banker | Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

The federal government – following an idea proposed during Obama’s January 2014 State of the Union address – will role out a new simplified IRA plan later this year, designed as a starter retirement account, known by the catchy name MyRA. Geared to lower- and middle-income earners, the accounts will have the following features: 1. Automatic deduction [&hellip

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story - Yahoo!

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story – Yahoo!

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Every once in a while – ok, every couple of weeks – we get hit in the head with a new example of how “executive compensation” and “executive performance” have close to zero correlation in practice. The key to this disconnect is typically “incentive pay” through company stock or stock options. This week’s story about Yahoo’s [&hellip

Mike Bloomberg: More Bucks for Less Bangs

Mike Bloomberg: More Bucks for Less Bangs

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I try to approach contentious political issues with an open mind, willing to be swayed by new evidence, or at least willing to acknowledge that the other side has some valid points. Surely my ideological opponent has logical thoughts, given their starting principles, right? I have no monopoly on good ideas, I remind myself, and [&hellip

Book Review: Words and Money by Andre Schiffrin

Book Review: Words and Money by Andre Schiffrin

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Somewhere on my Top 5 thematic topics on Bankers Anonymous is a hard-core media critique – which I refer to in kinda-joking-kinda-not joking shorthand as the “Financial Infotainment Industrial Complex.” When I read the Wall Street Journal or listen to financial news on the radio I find myself talking back – usually although not always [&hellip

Book Review: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Book Review: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

Can you simultaneously find something personally un-appealing, yet respect its effectiveness, when considered on its own terms?  Of course you can. For example that’s my summary view of Miley Cyrus’ amazing career so far.  I did not enjoy reading Napoleon’s Hill’s Think and Grow Rich – indeed some parts are pretty darn annoying – but [&hellip