Archive for the ‘Personal Finance’ Category

Ask An Ex-Banker: It's Spiritual Christmas Time!

Ask An Ex-Banker: It’s Spiritual Christmas Time!

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

Don’t feel broke at Christmas – Change the game. Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the personal finance website Make Change, where I irregularly contribute to their It’s Complicated advice column and podcasts! Also, I had previously mentioned my family’s spiritual christmas tradition on an earlier B$A blog post. Dear Ex-Banker: The holidays are […]

12 Questions To Ask Your Partner About Money

12 Questions To Ask Your Partner About Money

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

Editor’s note: I really like the 36 Questions thing I read about in the NY Times a few years back, this idea that you could pose these probing questions to your mate or prospective mate in order to deepen the relationship. Riffing on that idea, I came up with a series of Money and Relationships […]

Flood Insurance - A Post-Harvey Revisit

Flood Insurance – A Post-Harvey Revisit

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

Like everyone with a home mortgage, I have homeowner’s insurance that covers most catastrophes, although the list of covered catastrophes specifically does not include flooding. Occasionally I worry because my house backs right up to the San Antonio River. Fortunately, my yard and house are outside the boundaries considered to have a 1 percent chance […]

The Huge Unknowns Of GOP Tax Reform

The Huge Unknowns Of GOP Tax Reform

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas, Wall Street

We know a lot less about the recently proposed federal tax reform than we think we know. We don’t know what major income tax deductions will stay or go in the final bill. Nobody does, because it’s a highly contested political process right now. Most importantly, we don’t know what effect, if any, lower taxes […]

The GOP Tax Reform's True Target

The GOP Tax Reform’s True Target

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

Taxes form the backbone of the relationship between government and the governed, revealing most starkly what we value as a society. Spoiler alert: We value business owners and investors. The most dramatic proposal to emerge from “The Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”  announced last Wednesday from GOP leadership in Congress and President […]