Archive for the ‘Investing’ Category

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

The Illusion of Democracy

The Illusion of Democracy

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

A new dilemma arose today in the ‘Teach my 9 year old child about money’ project. Kellogg’s sent her a voting card and ballot proxy, urging her to exercise her right to suffrage at the annual shareholder’s meeting, or more preferably, by signing a proxy form and sending it back to management. She has that voting [&hellip

Sin Investing

Sin Investing

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

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. I recently used a reader question about a stock with ticker symbol MO – also known as Altria, and formerly known as cigarette maker Phillip Morris – to talk about investment returns. I suspect readers of my column on calculating investment returns responded “ok, [&hellip

Ask an Ex-Banker About The Big MO: What Are Returns?

Ask an Ex-Banker About The Big MO: What Are Returns?

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

A version of this appeared in the San Antonio Express News Dear Michael, I own a little of MO, purchased some time back with an average cost of $27.37. As you know it pays $2.08 dividend, and when I tell my friend my return is 8%, he says my return is what the stock presently [&hellip

Interview with Mint.com - I Give ALL The Answers

Interview with Mint.com – I Give ALL The Answers

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

Finance website Mint.com asked me some good questions for their blog. You can visit them there or enjoy the repost below. As a former Wall Street insider, what do you think is the average person’s largest misconception about investing? The average person thinks that what Wall Street does is so complex that it requires extremely [&hellip