Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

Risk and Uncertainty and Heuristics

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

I’ve become very attached to the “Five Year Rule,” which is my consistent rule-of-thumb answer to the question: Should I invest in stocks? Five Year Rule How does the Five Year Rule work? I answer the “should I invest question” with a question of my own. Will you need the money in less than five [&hellip

Student Loan Nationalization

Student Loan Nationalization

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

I’ve heard zero public discussion of the effective nationalization of higher education lending over the last six years. In 2010, with the Great Recession crisis still fresh in our minds, amidst the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, or Obamacare), the federal government all but eliminated the private sector student loan business and [&hellip

Wylys - What Were They Thinking?

Wylys – What Were They Thinking?

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

I’m fascinated by the psychology of Dallas-based entrepreneur Sam Wyly, recently ordered to disgorge $1.1 Billion for maintaining an extensive offshore scheme that led to convictions and penalties for securities fraud and tax evasion. I’m interested in knowing: What the heck was he thinking? I mean, I gather Sam was motivated to not pay too [&hellip

How To Evade Taxes - Offshore Wyly Style

How To Evade Taxes – Offshore Wyly Style

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Although no household names from the United States showed up in the “Panama Papers,”[1] – a trove of leaked client correspondence from a Panamanian law firm that helped people set up offshore accounts – a Texas bankruptcy court recently elevated Dallas entrepreneurs Sam and Charles Wyly as the most high-profile offshore-account tax evaders ever caught. [&hellip

Marijuana Regulations and Taxes - So Weird, Man

Marijuana Regulations and Taxes – So Weird, Man

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

This post features obscure business tax accounting rules you’ve never heard of and (hopefully) will never encounter. (Do I know how to write a blogpost lede, or what?) And pot. It’s about pot. Did I forget to mention that? Ok, nobody thinks they want to know about obscure accounting rules but maybe – like me – you [&hellip