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A Million Dollars Richer - For Almost Nothing Except Coffee

A Million Dollars Richer – For Almost Nothing Except Coffee

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

Editor’s Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News I’d like to be a million dollars richer. And I don’t particularly want to work for it. I feel the way native San Antonian, former San Antonio Express-News writer and Saturday Night Live faux-philosopher Jack Handey did when he wrote: “It’s [&hellip

Guest Post - Annuities Are Expensive

Guest Post – Annuities Are Expensive

By Lars Kroijer | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance

Annuities are an important and sometimes dominant part of the investment portfolio for millions of savers.  While in certain instances there is a requirement for pension scheme participants that they put a part of their pension savings into an annuity, others decide to have them because they find great comfort from having a secured cash [&hellip

On Retirement, From a Millennial's Perspective

On Retirement, From a Millennial’s Perspective

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance

A thoughtful reader sent me this Time Magazine article, with musings on retirement written by a 24 year old. The first question the article prompted: Is Time Magazine still around? I had no idea! Anyway, the next set of questions posed by the article are worth contemplating: 1. Why does a rational 24 year-old decide to [&hellip

More On Actively Managed Equity Mutual Funds

More On Actively Managed Equity Mutual Funds

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

Lately I’ve taken to saying boldly and loudly to anyone who asks my opinion (and some who don’t!) that every academic study ever done on actively managed (high cost) mutual funds vs. passively managed index (low cost) mutual funds shows that, in aggregate, the actively managed funds under-perform the passively managed funds by approximately the [&hellip

Do You Need An Investment Advisor? And Why?

Do You Need An Investment Advisor? And Why?

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

A version of this post previously appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Some friends of mine recently opened up investment accounts with a guy who is a salesman at a national insurance company. My friends also hired a “fiduciary” to review their investment plans. Finally, they consulted me, for free, on what to do [&hellip