Archive for the ‘Investing’ Category

Options Trading Part I - NFW Edition

Options Trading Part I – NFW Edition

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

This is a highly speculative trade, not an investment, so run away, retail investor! A friend in the finance-writing space sent me a query not long ago about the idea of “selling puts” as an appropriate and lucrative investment activity. Following my swift reply of “NFW[1],” she asked for an explanation. After all, a friend [&hellip

Like Visiting An Old Friend - Bad Debt Buying

Like Visiting An Old Friend – Bad Debt Buying

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

In my pre-Bankers Anonymous days, one of my primary investing activities was purchasing charged-off consumer debt. If you have no idea what that means, I recommend reading this New York Times Magazine article from last weekend. Few people have written about this niche of the financial world. While Jake Halpern’s account is a bit sensationalistic [&hellip

You Want To See Something Really Scary?

You Want To See Something Really Scary?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing

The headline is from The Twighlight Zone movie, from when I was about 10 years old. As for the rest of the movie after that first moment, I experienced it as an audio-only event. I just stared down at my feet, too freaked out to look up above the seat in front of me. I [&hellip

Driving In Traffic - A Metaphor For Fund Fees And Performance

Driving In Traffic – A Metaphor For Fund Fees And Performance

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

Editor’s Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News in my brand spanking new “So…Money” column.   My morning commute this summer means driving the two young lovelies to their respective kid camps. I like driving in heavy traffic as much as I enjoy hauling over-heated kitchen garbage out to the [&hellip

Book Review: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

Book Review: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Personal Finance

A few weeks back I sent out a proposal to few prospective agents, expecting at least one would recognize the genius – and their own self-interested business opportunity – in my personal finance book proposal. One prospective agent asked a reasonable question in reply: “What’s the one thing you would like to get across to [&hellip