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Leap Day for Oil Drillers - This Makes No Sense

Leap Day for Oil Drillers – This Makes No Sense

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Texas

In honor of Leap Day, I’m writing today about something in the energy markets that shouldn’t exist. Or maybe it should exist only once every four Earth-revolutions around the sun. The oil price crash – we’re at 13-year lows in the average price of a barrel of oil this month – creates chaos for oil-company [&hellip

Money and Politics - 2016 Edition

Money and Politics – 2016 Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

We are deep into Presidential primary election time, so I thought I’d share my views of candidates and the system with my green eyeshades on. I don’t have a ‘unified theory’ of money in politics, but rather a series of thoughts, some connected, the rest not. For starters, I have a fetish about honesty when [&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

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Texas

David Liss’s protagonist Benjamin Weaver is the black-sheep son of a recently murdered Jewish stock-trader in 18th Century London. In A Conspiracy of Paper Weaver tracks his father’s killer in private-eye novel procedural fashion – roughing up small-time street urchins, checking in with his wise but eccentric sidekick, flirting with his beautiful love interest, in [&hellip

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

When I started my business twelve years ago I needed to raise what was for me a substantial amount of money. A good friend introduced me to his wealthy boss, who agreed to meet about my business pitch. He listened carefully, nodding sagely at the appropriate times. Mr. Rat Hole “Well Michael, it sounds plausible,” [&hellip