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Not Cheering A Record-Setting Stock Market

Not Cheering A Record-Setting Stock Market

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

It’s silly season in stock market news again. By that I mean the regular “stock market reaches new highs, hooray!” headlines and commentary. I’ll start by unpacking some reasons why this is silly news, and how you can be a much more sophisticated reader of financial news. I admit upfront that you’ll risk being a [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

By The Banker | Ask an Ex-Banker, Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

Note: An ex-student of mine reached out to ask a question many face… Is it best to use savings and investments for graduate school, or to take out loans? Dear Banker,  I saw you answered  a question from a former student about paying down debt and being unemployed on your blog. So I thought I [&hellip

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas, Wall Street

I’ve become very attached to the “Five Year Rule,” which is my consistent rule-of-thumb answer to the question: Should I invest in stocks? Five Year Rule How does the Five Year Rule work? I answer the “should I invest question” with a question of my own. Will you need the money in less than five [&hellip

Student Loan Nationalization

Student Loan Nationalization

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

I’ve heard zero public discussion of the effective nationalization of higher education lending over the last six years. In 2010, with the Great Recession crisis still fresh in our minds, amidst the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, or Obamacare), the federal government all but eliminated the private sector student loan business and [&hellip

Wylys - What Were They Thinking?

Wylys – What Were They Thinking?

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

I’m fascinated by the psychology of Dallas-based entrepreneur Sam Wyly, recently ordered to disgorge $1.1 Billion for maintaining an extensive offshore scheme that led to convictions and penalties for securities fraud and tax evasion. I’m interested in knowing: What the heck was he thinking? I mean, I gather Sam was motivated to not pay too [&hellip