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A Road Runs Through It

A Road Runs Through It

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

I had a weird thing happen to me recently that prompted thoughts on real estate investing, “eminent domain,” and BIG GUBMINT. I (re-)learned that what you don’t know might hurt you, and also what you think you know about your constitutional rights might not be true. Through a series of unfortunate events, I became a […]

My Self-Directed IRA

My Self-Directed IRA

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

With a little time to go before tax day, you’ve still got time to fully fund – up to $5,500 or $6,500 if you’re at least 50 years old – your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). As a certain former Governor of California used to say in the movies: Do it. Today’s lesson is a departure […]

Book Review: The Lean Startup

Book Review: The Lean Startup

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Texas

What’s the most important thing to do when starting a company? How about this: Don’t try to build the company. Instead, try an experiment. A confluence of events and conversations have me re-asking that question, and landing on that answer. The first event is that my city celebrated “Startup Week” in the beginning of March. I […]

Never Buy A Time Share

Never Buy A Time Share

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

Oh time share, time share! How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. I hate the way you are sold. I hate they way timeshares give the appearance of an ‘investment,’ when they are in fact the opposite of an investment. I hate the way financially distressed people buy you. I’ve previously urged […]

Carbon Dividends?

Carbon Dividends?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Earlier this month, a blue ribbon panel of US statesmen released “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends,” as a way to address climate change, reduce US regulations, and to provide additional funds for working-class people. The first interesting thing about the proposal is to note the resumes of the authors, each of whom boasts serious […]