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Hamilton And Sovereign Debt

Hamilton And Sovereign Debt

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

How does a profane, hip-hop, hit of a show, and a chapter, dropped in the middle of a behemoth book on Alex Hamilton, by Ron Chernow capture the current zeitgeist, show us to treat our debt with sacred honor? Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, swept through my household this Summer like a hurricane, buffeting [&hellip

Public Pension System Heuristics

Public Pension System Heuristics

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy famously advised us on the book cover “Don’t Panic,” and I think that’s a useful starting point for discussing public pensions in Texas. You see, I started by wondering “should we panic?” when I began a personal project of studying public pension, for a variety of reasonable suspicions, [&hellip

Dallas Pension Plan - An Example of What Can Go Wrong

Dallas Pension Plan – An Example of What Can Go Wrong

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

I’ve become a bit obsessed with public pensions this month.[1] As a lesson in how pensions can go wrong, I began looking into the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. Dallas’ Police and Fire Pension ranks as the tenth largest in the state and easily qualifies as the most dire, according to the usual metrics [&hellip

I Took Out PayDay Loans

I Took Out PayDay Loans

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

This is the most expensive post I’ve ever written, as it cost me over $80 to conduct research. I took out two payday loans this month in downtown San Antonio, TX. The natural joke to make here is “something, something, the death of journalism,” when finance columnists/bloggers need to take out monthly payday loans. Maybe instead [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

Ask An Ex-Banker: Use Savings Or Debt To Pay For School?

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

Note: An ex-student of mine reached out to ask a question many face… Is it best to use savings and investments for graduate school, or to take out loans? Dear Banker,  I saw you answered  a question from a former student about paying down debt and being unemployed on your blog. So I thought I [&hellip