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Variable Annuity Salespeople: Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean I'm Not Out To Get You

Variable Annuity Salespeople: Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Out To Get You

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

A funny email note went out yesterday from the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA) about my article on the terrible retirement product teachers generally get, from an organization funded by the people selling those terrible products. By their note I gather they support the selling of shit-sandwich annuities to retirees, stuffing unsophisticated people’s retirement accounts […]

Teachers and Their Retirement Problems

Teachers and Their Retirement Problems

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

A majority of people struggle to prepare financially for their retirement, but public school teachers and employees face a particularly difficult set of circumstances. I’m enough of a fiscally hard-assed finance guy to think that every public school teacher should self-fund his or her retirement to supplement their pension plan, which for people in my […]

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 […]