Archive for the ‘Personal Finance’ Category

If You Like Feral Cats You'll Love Compound Interest

If You Like Feral Cats You’ll Love Compound Interest

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Nobody ever told me this, but I’ve always assumed that a first rule of writing is to never – ever – try to teach math through blog posts. But I learned writing through blogging on the interwebs where a first rule of everything – [&hellip

Sin and Profit

Sin and Profit

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

Jason Zwieg at the WSJ provides interesting data today on the relative returns of ‘socially irresponsible investing’ (my own phrase). I recently wrote that I could not recommend to a friend any ‘socially responsible’ mutual fund. My reasons: 1. Funds like this tend to have relatively high costs (especially compared to index funds, which I [&hellip

A Valentine's Day Guest Post - Blood, Bondage, Lust, Money

A Valentine’s Day Guest Post – Blood, Bondage, Lust, Money

By Banker's Wife | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance

Editor’s Note: The Banker’s Wife offers up her guest post on “50 Shades of Monetary Inadequacy” I have bad news for you, Christian. No, it’s not that your movie will be universally panned, though you should pick up A.O. Scott’s review for your reading pleasure. It goes deeper – I am here to tell you [&hellip

Death and Taxes and Fairness

Death and Taxes and Fairness

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

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I recently wrote about the unfairness of ‘carried interest’ tax breaks targeted to hedge fund and private equity owners. In fact, I’ve covered the topic before as well. Some readers became angry about my view of this tax break and took umbrage at [&hellip

Stupid Smart People

Stupid Smart People

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

Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News My wife and I headed East on I-10 recently to visit our New York City friends Jay and Nina – another married couple and their kids – who now live in Houston. The conversation over the weekend turned toward their personal finances [&hellip