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Estate Tax Takedown - Levine Defeats Mankiw

Estate Tax Takedown – Levine Defeats Mankiw

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes

I’m a huge fan of Bloomberg’s Matt Levine,1  who is basically smarter and funnier than anyone writing about finance. Anyway, I was annoyed to read yesterday’s Op-Ed by Gregory Mankiw (whose textbook of course we all had to have in College) Mankiw’s a Harvard professor with all the respect that comes with that, and he’s [&hellip

VIDEO: The Very Intriguing Libertarian Ticket

VIDEO: The Very Intriguing Libertarian Ticket

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Taxes, Texas, Video

With Bill Weld (former two-term MA governor) joining the bottom of the Libertarian Party ticket alongside Gary Johnson (former two-term NM governor), I have to say I’m intrigued. They can count on: Elected office experience (far more than the presumptive GOP nominee) Track record (far more, etc) A decent runway on an issue that some [&hellip

Book Review: Money Mindset by Jacob Gold

Book Review: Money Mindset by Jacob Gold

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

In The Money Mindset – Formulating a Wealth Strategy in the 21st Century, Jacob Gold traces the key components for building financial fitness, such as finding the right mindset, understanding risk, asset allocation, and diversification. He introduces the importance of understanding taxes and insurance. He gets the big picture on taxes, which is that you [&hellip

Book Review: Capital In The Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty

Book Review: Capital In The Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality, Taxes, Wall Street

Once in a while I read a book and think “That! That is the one that will determine my definitive worldview on a subject.” This happened when I read Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers twenty-five years ago, and nothing has shaken my belief in Kennedy’s thesis.[1] Thomas Piketty’s Capital in [&hellip

Legal Pot in Texas? The Money Case

Legal Pot in Texas? The Money Case

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Without giving it much previous thought, I’ve historically been mildly opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I’m not a user, and on balance I haven’t seen ‘more pot in the world’ as something to advocate for. However, I find my views shifting in recent years, and I’m likely falling behind the (high) times. I mean, [&hellip