Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

My Self-Directed IRA

My Self-Directed IRA

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

With a little time to go before tax day, you’ve still got time to fully fund – up to $5,500 or $6,500 if you’re at least 50 years old – your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). As a certain former Governor of California used to say in the movies: Do it. Today’s lesson is a departure [&hellip

Book Review: The Lean Startup

Book Review: The Lean Startup

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Texas

What’s the most important thing to do when starting a company? How about this: Don’t try to build the company. Instead, try an experiment. A confluence of events and conversations have me re-asking that question, and landing on that answer. The first event is that my city celebrated “Startup Week” in the beginning of March. I [&hellip

Never Buy A Time Share

Never Buy A Time Share

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

Oh time share, time share! How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. I hate the way you are sold. I hate they way timeshares give the appearance of an ‘investment,’ when they are in fact the opposite of an investment. I hate the way financially distressed people buy you. I’ve previously urged [&hellip

Carbon Dividends?

Carbon Dividends?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Earlier this month, a blue ribbon panel of US statesmen released “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends,” as a way to address climate change, reduce US regulations, and to provide additional funds for working-class people. The first interesting thing about the proposal is to note the resumes of the authors, each of whom boasts serious [&hellip

On Regulations - The Cato Warning

On Regulations – The Cato Warning

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

We need to get more sophisticated in our conversation on government regulation, or interference, in private business. Despite President Trump’s statements and possibly intentions to the contrary, we’re witnessing a massive increase in federal interference in civil society. A simple way to understanding business-versus-regulation is this: Businesses usually resist the extra cost and hassle of [&hellip