Archive for the ‘Insurance’ Category

Financial Readiness - My 5 Stages of Grief

Financial Readiness – My 5 Stages of Grief

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

My personal bank – which also offers insurance and investments – recently invited me to discover my ‘Financial Readiness’ score, available in five minutes by taking a quick online survey. Now, I am a competitive person who likes to win. For example, I know my SAT scores from high school, as well as my fastest [&hellip

Shit Sandwich - Variable Annuities

Shit Sandwich – Variable Annuities

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

In my favorite movie of all time, Rob Reiner recalls the two-word alliterative review of Spinal Tap’s unsuccessful second album “Shark Sandwich,” as simply “Shit Sandwich.’ The band members react to this shocking review with resentment, but also with a sense for what newspapers are allowed to actually say. David St. Hubbins: “Where’d they print [&hellip

Audio Interview Wendy Kowalik Part II - On Insurance And Getting Rich Slowly

Audio Interview Wendy Kowalik Part II – On Insurance And Getting Rich Slowly

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

Please see related discussion with Wendy Kowalik in Part One on investment advisory fees. Michael:          Hi, my name is Michael and I used to be a banker. Wendy:            Hi, Michael. Wendy Kowalik, I founded Predico Partners. We’re a financial consulting firm. I started my career with an insurance company and sold insurance for the same [&hellip

Guest Post - Annuities Are Expensive

Guest Post – Annuities Are Expensive

By Lars Kroijer | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance

Annuities are an important and sometimes dominant part of the investment portfolio for millions of savers.  While in certain instances there is a requirement for pension scheme participants that they put a part of their pension savings into an annuity, others decide to have them because they find great comfort from having a secured cash [&hellip

On Longevity Insurance - Do You Feel Lucky?

On Longevity Insurance – Do You Feel Lucky?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance

For starters, I hate most insurance products that purport to replace investment products. But I had not heard of longevity insurance until this week, so I decided to check it out. Here’s the concept: Pay a big lump sum to an insurance company now (before retirement), in order to draw on a hefty fixed income [&hellip