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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

On Mortgage Spreadsheets and Old French Origins

On Mortgage Spreadsheets and Old French Origins

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Personal Finance, Video

I was scouring the interwebs lately for a financial education project I’m doing and I came across Sal Khan’s joint educational venture with Bank of America called www.bettermoneyhabits.com There’s some very good stuff there, but I was drawn in particular to his “How does a mortgage work” video. I recommend checking it out here. I [&hellip

Book Review: A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Book Review: A Random Walk Down Wall Street

By The Banker | Book Reviews, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

First published forty years ago, A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel is one of those books – much like Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor – more referred to than actually read. Malkiel’s central thesis – that equity markets are so efficient at pricing stocks relative to their risk that the vast majority of [&hellip

The Giffen Good Concept Applied To Investments

The Giffen Good Concept Applied To Investments

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

Editor’s Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News “So…Money” column. The only “C” I got in college was in Intermediate Macroeconomics, but I remember one economics term that I really loved — the “Giffen Good.” With ordinary, rational, economic behavior, we expect that when prices go up, people buy [&hellip