Book Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Texas

David Liss’s protagonist Benjamin Weaver is the black-sheep son of a recently murdered Jewish stock-trader in 18th Century London. In A Conspiracy of Paper Weaver tracks his father’s killer in private-eye novel procedural fashion – roughing up small-time street urchins, checking in with his wise but eccentric sidekick, flirting with his beautiful love interest, in [&hellip

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

When I started my business twelve years ago I needed to raise what was for me a substantial amount of money. A good friend introduced me to his wealthy boss, who agreed to meet about my business pitch. He listened carefully, nodding sagely at the appropriate times. Mr. Rat Hole “Well Michael, it sounds plausible,” [&hellip

Book Review: Where Are The Customers' Yachts by Fred Schwed

Book Review: Where Are The Customers’ Yachts by Fred Schwed

By The Banker | Book Reviews, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

Sometimes I procrastinate reading something really important to the point that I want to kick myself. Over the years I’ve seen Where Are The Customer’s Yachts? By Fred Schwed listed on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists of financial books, but only now got around to it in 2016? Ugh, no excuse for me. But don’t think [&hellip

Non-Bank Lenders For Small Business

Non-Bank Lenders For Small Business

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Texas

Note: This post has a Texas bias and a version of it ran in the San Antonio Express News. However, there is no open-carry here on this blog, so you can bring your children.   I suggested in a recent post that it’s nearly impossible to fund a new business and there’s really no good [&hellip

Funding Your Small Business - All The Terrible Ways

Funding Your Small Business – All The Terrible Ways

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In a recent post  I mentioned that business owners may – among other benefits of entrepreneurship – achieve some tax savings. This week, inspired by my words, you’ve decided to hang a shingle. However, you need money. But where can you get money for a small business? Let me tell you all the great ways. Inherit [&hellip