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Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III - Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III – Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

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

Please see Part I with Wendy Kowalik, on fees, and Part II with Wendy Kowalik, on Insurance and Getting Rich Slowly Michael:          Hi, my name is Michael and I used to be a banker. Wendy:            Hi, Michael. My name is Wendy Kowalik, I founded Predico Partners. We’re a financial consulting firm. On Happiness Michael:   [&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

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

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik, Part I - On Fees

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik, Part I – On Fees

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

Here’s Part I of my interview with an investment consultant who charges advisory fees in an unusually (admirably!) transparent way. In Parts II and III to follow Wendy and I discuss the uses of insurance, the psychology of savings, and how to get rich slow. You can read the transcript but as always I recommend [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

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

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. Dear Michael, Next January, when I receive the proceeds for a house I’m selling, I’m considering converting 70K from my TIAAF-CREF Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, and paying taxes to do that that. I could then make my 7 grandchildren the beneficiaries [&hellip