Archive for the ‘Investing’ Category

TRS - A Texas Pension Too Big To Fail

TRS – A Texas Pension Too Big To Fail

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

Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt, (R-Houston) poked the bear when he filed Senate Bills 1750 and 1751, which would allow the Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) to study, and possibly implement, changes in their public pensions. Change would mean moving – in an as-yet unspecified way – […]

A Road Runs Through It

A Road Runs Through It

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

I had a weird thing happen to me recently that prompted thoughts on real estate investing, “eminent domain,” and BIG GUBMINT. I (re-)learned that what you don’t know might hurt you, and also what you think you know about your constitutional rights might not be true. Through a series of unfortunate events, I became a […]

My Self-Directed IRA

My Self-Directed IRA

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

With a little time to go before tax day, you’ve still got time to fully fund – up to $5,500 or $6,500 if you’re at least 50 years old – your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). As a certain former Governor of California used to say in the movies: Do it. Today’s lesson is a departure […]

Platinum Partners And How To Spot A Fraud

Platinum Partners And How To Spot A Fraud

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

Police arrested seven executives connected to the $1+ billion hedge fund Platinum Partners in late December, for fraud. The charges against them include overvaluing assets and a Ponzi-like practice of paying departing investors with new investors’ money. Platinum Partners reminds me of lesson number one on spotting financial fraud: If an investment fund never, ever, […]

Look Back Look Forward - New Years Resolutions

Look Back Look Forward – New Years Resolutions

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

It’s January, the month named for Janus the two-faced Roman God who looked both backward to the past and forward to the future. Looking back over 2016, I realized that I learned about three types of investment accounts, each of which – depending on your phase of life – might make for a nice New […]