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Ask an Ex-Banker: Should I open an IRA?

Ask an Ex-Banker: Should I open an IRA?

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

Dear Banker, I’m ready to purchase IRAs for my husband and me. We had fun as young 20-somethings and didn’t start saving anything for retirement until our 30s, and even then, sometimes one of us was not always able to set aside money into the 401K/403b offered by employers. So, I figured an IRA would [&hellip

David Simon Says It All

David Simon Says It All

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality

David Simon, creator of The Wire, wrote the best piece I’ve read in a long time about inequality in the West, and our impoverished political dialogue about it. Please read this in full because  Simon engages with complexity, and that doesn’t work in just one paragraph.  Nevertheless, I will summarize it for you:  “Capitalism is [&hellip

Mexican Democracy - Something Hopeful This Week

Mexican Democracy – Something Hopeful This Week

By The Banker | Blog Posts

And now for something completely different:  Mexican Democracy. No, that’s not the name of Axl Rose’s next tortured, long-awaited, magnum opus. Mexican democracy is a topic I used to obsess over before I became a finance guy, on my distinguished journey to the pinnacle of achievement: an obscure ex-banker typing up his opinions on finance, [&hellip

Stocks vs Bonds - The probabilistic answer

Stocks vs Bonds – The probabilistic answer

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

Beg, Steal & Borrow I’ve gotten in the awkward habit on Bankers Anonymous of stealing monthly thoughts from an investment advisor named David Hultstrom of Financial Architects LLC – about whom I know very little – except that he writes very clearly and sensibly about personal investing. In this month’s note to his clients he [&hellip

Inequality in America - The Map

Inequality in America – The Map

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

The Washington Post published this last month and I missed it, but there’s no time like today for good graphical representations of inequality.  The Washington Post  ranks zip codes from the 1st to 99th percentile based on the average income and college education of residents, relative to all other US zip codes. A few fascinating [&hellip