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Judgment vs Objectivity - My Recent HELOC Renewal

Judgment vs Objectivity – My Recent HELOC Renewal

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance

A version of this post ran recently in the San Antonio Express News. My wife and I recently renewed our home equity line of credit 1  with our bank. When the notary at my bank had us in the room for 30 minutes busily initialing and signing many dozens of pages per a minute – [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

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

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. Dear Michael, Next January, when I receive the proceeds for a house I’m selling, I’m considering converting 70K from my TIAAF-CREF Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, and paying taxes to do that that. I could then make my 7 grandchildren the beneficiaries [&hellip

Seigniorage! A Senator Used the Word!

By The Banker | Blog Posts

If you’re a dollar coin fetishist like me, you’ll enjoy this  funny Huffington Post article on Senator Vitter’s attempt to crush the dollar coin movement. In a delightful twist, the Senator even uses the word ‘seigniorage,’ and the article explains its meaning. It turns out Senator Vitter’s colleague Senator Enzi is actually a supporter of coins, so [&hellip

The Illusion of Democracy

The Illusion of Democracy

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

A new dilemma arose today in the ‘Teach my 9 year old child about money’ project. Kellogg’s sent her a voting card and ballot proxy, urging her to exercise her right to suffrage at the annual shareholder’s meeting, or more preferably, by signing a proxy form and sending it back to management. She has that voting [&hellip

Real Estate Tax Rant

Real Estate Tax Rant

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Real-estate tax policy – incredibly important yet relatively unseen – shapes how and where we live. I’ve ranted about estate tax policy as well as carried-interest tax policy here before, and now I’d like to rant about real-estate tax policy in my city. As before, I don’t think it’s enough to say ‘I hate taxes,’ because taxes [&hellip