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Las Vegas Tourists And The Downtown Project Antidote

Las Vegas Tourists And The Downtown Project Antidote

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

 Who Killed Las Vegas? I recently stayed at a hotel and lost money at the poker tables in Las Vegas[1] situated squarely in the downtown monoculture of the Fremont Experience. The Fremont Experience is as you would expect – flashing lights, zip-lines, elderly men in Borat-style mankinis – and good for the 36 hours (maximum!) [&hellip

Are Stocks Like A Casino? No. But YES!

Are Stocks Like A Casino? No. But YES!

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Wall Street

I hate money. Apparently the feeling is mutual. I know this because I am writing this from a hotel room near the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas, following a typical encounter between a poker table and me. Here’s how this usually goes, and also how it went again today: I sit down, feeling relaxed [&hellip

A Leader for San Antonio: Mike Villarreal

A Leader for San Antonio: Mike Villarreal

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I have something to say about the San Antonio Mayor’s race. My friend Mike Villarreal is running and he is by far the best candidate. He supports data-driven financial policies (rather than platitudes and rhetoric), he listens and acts across party lines and for the good of the whole (not just one constituency), and he’s [&hellip

Lord of The Rates Part IV - Consumer Rates

Lord of The Rates Part IV – Consumer Rates

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

I’ve reviewed in recent columns what I believe happens when interest rates rise this Summer, in particular what happens to real estate when the FOMC raises the Fed funds rate, Aka “The One Rate To Rule Them All.”   “…Nine for consumers doomed to die One for the Yellen on her dark throne In the [&hellip

Lord Of The Rates Part III - Mortgage and Real Estate Market

Lord Of The Rates Part III – Mortgage and Real Estate Market

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. Please see related posts: LOTR Part I – One Rate To Rule Them All, and LOTR Part II – How Money Is Born and LOTR Part IV – Consumer rates Three rates for mortgage brokers under the sky… One for the Yellen on [&hellip