Archive for the ‘Investing’ Category

Hello Houston

Hello Houston

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

The Houston Chronicle recently started running my stuff, and I’m excited. In honor of my introduction to Houston, I’d like to offer a personal story about my very first trip to Houston. Best of all, this anecdote has a pithy financial moral at the end. In Spring 2001 I lived in New York City and [&hellip

Not Cheering A Record-Setting Stock Market

Not Cheering A Record-Setting Stock Market

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

It’s silly season in stock market news again. By that I mean the regular “stock market reaches new highs, hooray!” headlines and commentary. I’ll start by unpacking some reasons why this is silly news, and how you can be a much more sophisticated reader of financial news. I admit upfront that you’ll risk being a [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

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

Note: An ex-student of mine reached out to ask a question many face… Is it best to use savings and investments for graduate school, or to take out loans? Dear Banker,  I saw you answered  a question from a former student about paying down debt and being unemployed on your blog. So I thought I [&hellip

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas, Wall Street

I’ve become very attached to the “Five Year Rule,” which is my consistent rule-of-thumb answer to the question: Should I invest in stocks? Five Year Rule How does the Five Year Rule work? I answer the “should I invest question” with a question of my own. Will you need the money in less than five [&hellip

Check Out This Acorns Thing

Check Out This Acorns Thing

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

I downloaded a fin-tech app called Acorns a few weeks ago. I recommend you drop this blog post now, text your favorite twenty-something, and make sure they’ve downloaded this thing already. I am now an evangelizing convert. Here’s a short list of problems many people have in getting started investing and building wealth. No money [&hellip