Archive for the ‘Personal Finance’ Category

Ask An Ex-Banker: FICOs Score and Monthly Balances

Ask An Ex-Banker: FICOs Score and Monthly Balances

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

Note: See Part I on FICO Scores, which inspired this question from a reader. Dear Banker, I’ve been getting copies of my 3 credit reports annually since 2005. I’m concerned about a change in the reported information from Capital One and Chase. My reports used to reflect 1) amount billed 2) scheduled (minimum) payment 3) [&hellip

FICO Scores - Part I

FICO Scores – Part I

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

I’m 43 years old and I have a terrible confession to make: I still know my SAT scores by heart. Wait, it gets worse. I still know my PSAT scores by heart. I know, I know, I’m that guy. I’m not proud of this so let’s move on quickly to another semi-related topic: FICO scores. [&hellip

The Home Improvement Myth

The Home Improvement Myth

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

My wife and I plan to embark on a terrible financial journey most commonly known as ‘a kitchen renovation.’ Launching ourselves into this journey reminds me of the excellent book by Jonathan Clements, a longtime Wall Street Journal columnist and author of the 1999 best-seller 25 Myths You’ve Got To Avoid If You Want to [&hellip

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III - Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III – Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

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

Please see Part I with Wendy Kowalik, on fees, and Part II with Wendy Kowalik, on Insurance and Getting Rich Slowly Michael:          Hi, my name is Michael and I used to be a banker. Wendy:            Hi, Michael. My name is Wendy Kowalik, I founded Predico Partners. We’re a financial consulting firm. On Happiness Michael:   [&hellip

Audio Interview Wendy Kowalik Part II - On Insurance And Getting Rich Slowly

Audio Interview Wendy Kowalik Part II – On Insurance And Getting Rich Slowly

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

Please see related discussion with Wendy Kowalik in Part One on investment advisory fees. Michael:          Hi, my name is Michael and I used to be a banker. Wendy:            Hi, Michael. Wendy Kowalik, I founded Predico Partners. We’re a financial consulting firm. I started my career with an insurance company and sold insurance for the same [&hellip