Archive for the ‘Wall Street’ Category

Never Buy Gold

Never Buy Gold

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

A significant portion of the Financial Infotainment Industrial Complex dedicates itself to selling you gold, as an investment. Resist. I have already written about the three other horsemen of your personal financial apocalypse: variable annuities, times shares, and bitcoins. The commonality of these four horseman is that they are sold to credible people as “investments” […]

My Take on the Fiduciary Rule

My Take on the Fiduciary Rule

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

Among the best known of the Obama-era financial regulations is the so-called “Fiduciary Duty Rule” for investment advisers of retirement accounts. It declared that financial advisers for retirement accounts act as “fiduciaries” and therefore must offer conflict-free advice, avoid misleading statements, receive no more than reasonable compensation, and always act taking into account the client’s […]

100 Year Bonds In The Trump Era

100 Year Bonds In The Trump Era

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

The United States does not currently issue bonds with maturities longer than 30 years, but the idea of super long-dated national debt is back in the air. Long-dated, as in bonds due in 100 years. One reason 100-year bonds are kind of neat is that nobody alive right now ever needs to worry about paying […]

Platinum Partners And How To Spot A Fraud

Platinum Partners And How To Spot A Fraud

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Wall Street

Police arrested seven executives connected to the $1+ billion hedge fund Platinum Partners in late December, for fraud. The charges against them include overvaluing assets and a Ponzi-like practice of paying departing investors with new investors’ money. Platinum Partners reminds me of lesson number one on spotting financial fraud: If an investment fund never, ever, […]

Look Back Look Forward - New Years Resolutions

Look Back Look Forward – New Years Resolutions

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

It’s January, the month named for Janus the two-faced Roman God who looked both backward to the past and forward to the future. Looking back over 2016, I realized that I learned about three types of investment accounts, each of which – depending on your phase of life – might make for a nice New […]