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Time out for Poetry: Ithaka

Time out for Poetry: Ithaka

By The Banker | Blog Posts

The students in my Personal Finance course took their final exam yesterday, and many of them will graduate from college very shortly. One of the themes of the course, of course, was ‘getting wealthy.’ In addition, that’s the theme of the book I’m trying to write.  One of my friendly early readers of my book proposal draft mentioned [&hellip

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

I recently pointed out the absurdity of certain executive pay packages which result from stock or stock option awards. Rather than matching “pay to performance” as proponents claim, the equity awards to executives often create absurd payouts for bad performance, or substitute lucky timing for skill. If the stock goes up during an executive’s tenure, or even [&hellip

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story - Yahoo!

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story – Yahoo!

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Every once in a while – ok, every couple of weeks – we get hit in the head with a new example of how “executive compensation” and “executive performance” have close to zero correlation in practice. The key to this disconnect is typically “incentive pay” through company stock or stock options. This week’s story about Yahoo’s [&hellip

Mike Bloomberg: More Bucks for Less Bangs

Mike Bloomberg: More Bucks for Less Bangs

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I try to approach contentious political issues with an open mind, willing to be swayed by new evidence, or at least willing to acknowledge that the other side has some valid points. Surely my ideological opponent has logical thoughts, given their starting principles, right? I have no monopoly on good ideas, I remind myself, and [&hellip

Ask an Ex-Banker: Estimating Monthly Savings to Meet College Costs

Ask an Ex-Banker: Estimating Monthly Savings to Meet College Costs

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

This “Ask an Ex-Banker” question came from reader Todd R.  In response to earlier posts about the cost of college education, he wanted to calculate the following: “If a family was sending their child to college this fall, AND they were fully able to pay cash (from an educational tax deferred plan) what would their [&hellip