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My BBC NewsHour commentary – On “Virtuous Banking”

By The Banker | Audio Posts

I spoke this afternoon on the BBC NewsHour show, along with the author of a think tank publication advocating “Virtuous Banking.” The whitepaper can be downloaded from Res Publica’s site here. The premise of the paper, which I largely disagree with, is that we can put “virtue” at the center of the finance and banking [&hellip

Book Review: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

Book Review: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Personal Finance

A few weeks back I sent out a proposal to few prospective agents, expecting at least one would recognize the genius – and their own self-interested business opportunity – in my personal finance book proposal. One prospective agent asked a reasonable question in reply: “What’s the one thing you would like to get across to [&hellip

They're BAAAAACK: The CIT Takeover of OneWest Bank

They’re BAAAAACK: The CIT Takeover of OneWest Bank

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Wow. I mean. Just, wow. You gotta love these guys. Two phrases came to mind when I read the headline today about CIT Group taking over OneWest Bank. First: “History does not repeat itself, but it certainly does rhyme.” And Second: “Madness consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a [&hellip

Batman strikes - Some Thoughts on Short Sellers

Batman strikes – Some Thoughts on Short Sellers

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Wall Street

In the bad old days of the 2008 Crisis, a casual reader of the financial news might have been fooled into thinking that “short-sellers,” those financial firms that bet on the price of some financial instrument (like a stock, or bond, or currency, or commodity) going down, rather than up, ranked on the financial attractiveness scale somewhere [&hellip

On Longevity Insurance - Do You Feel Lucky?

On Longevity Insurance – Do You Feel Lucky?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance

For starters, I hate most insurance products that purport to replace investment products. But I had not heard of longevity insurance until this week, so I decided to check it out. Here’s the concept: Pay a big lump sum to an insurance company now (before retirement), in order to draw on a hefty fixed income [&hellip