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Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Julie, the privileged white woman of Johannesburg and Abdu, the illegal immigrant at the car repair garage, come together, improbably, in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup. Each may benefit from the other to fulfill their most urgent quest. Julie has already eschewed the comforts of her father’s world in The Suburbs. She probably already suspects, unconsciously, that the pretensions of her young [&hellip

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

Gerd Gigerenzer wrote Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions in the spirit of Nate Silver’s The Signal and The Noise, and Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. These latter books propose a “How To Think” while also proposing that people should be taught to think differently, and stop making epistemological errors. Distinct from The Signal [&hellip

Book Review: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

Book Review: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’m breaking a series of self-imposed rules in reviewing The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee, assigned to me by a ‘virtual book club’ I joined. First, the book has nothing to do – apparently[1] – with money or finance, so has no place on this blog. Second, obviously, one should never join a book [&hellip

Book Review: The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

Book Review: The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’m not sure what overlap exists between romance novel readers and Bankers Anonymous readers. Since money and romance mix so poorly I do sometimes think I am in the anti-romance business, continuously attempting to debunk non-rational notions. But we all need a little fun and fantasy wherever we can get it. You have to love [&hellip

Book Review: Money Mindset by Jacob Gold

Book Review: Money Mindset by Jacob Gold

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

In The Money Mindset – Formulating a Wealth Strategy in the 21st Century, Jacob Gold traces the key components for building financial fitness, such as finding the right mindset, understanding risk, asset allocation, and diversification. He introduces the importance of understanding taxes and insurance. He gets the big picture on taxes, which is that you [&hellip