Archive for the ‘Personal Finance’ Category

Never Buy A Boat

Never Buy A Boat

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

I just returned to San Antonio from vacation with my family on Cape Cod, where my daughters and I gratefully survived an afternoon excursion on my brother’s boat. Our survival requires a bit of explanation. As you’ve come to expect, my tale has a pithy moral and financial lesson at the end. In the summer-oriented [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: 100% Equities Even In Retirement?

Ask An Ex-Banker: 100% Equities Even In Retirement?

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

Hi Michael, I enjoy and look forward to your advice every week. I am about to do as you (and a lot of other smart people) recommend and move our investments to several diversified equity index funds. My question: would you still suggest no index bond funds for someone in our age bracket? I am [&hellip

As An Ex-Banker: Student Loan Repayment

As An Ex-Banker: Student Loan Repayment

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

Hello Professor! This is your former student, one year post personal finance class, and I am in need of advice. Here’s the backstory. After spending one year in the IT Consulting world, making 70K and being equally stressed to the detriment of my health, I jumped ship (per the advice of my employer, they noticed [&hellip

Dueling Mortgage Gurus and Uncertainty

Dueling Mortgage Gurus and Uncertainty

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

One of the things that makes finance endlessly fascinating (to me!) is that perfectly sound logic for one situation turns out to be perfect madness in another situation. In my best moments I appreciate the ironies and contradictions. In my worst moments I despair for people whipsawed by the seeming complexities of financial choices. Most [&hellip

FICO Part II - When To Ignore It, And Why Its Awesome

FICO Part II – When To Ignore It, And Why Its Awesome

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

Last week I wrote about the personal credit score, used by virtually all lenders in this country, known as FICO. But I know there are some of you who you can and should ignore your FICO score. I also want to mention the risk of paying too much for your score, the benefits of boosting your score, and [&hellip