Archive for the ‘Wall Street’ Category

Capital Markets Theory You Can Use

Capital Markets Theory You Can Use

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

I’ll be the first to admit that financial capital markets theory can be dry as dust and that mostly you should just live your best life in blissful disregard for almost all of it. Today, however, indulge me in discussing a capital markets rule that can help you avoid fraud, seek better investments, and make […]

IPOs For The Everyman

IPOs For The Everyman

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

In August I received an invitation by mail – complete with an offering prospectus and stock order sheet – to subscribe for shares in the initial public offering (IPO) of Ponce de Leon Bank, a Bronx, NY-based savings institution where I have a CD. I’ll admit upfront I barely know anything about Ponce de Leon […]

The Huge Unknowns Of GOP Tax Reform

The Huge Unknowns Of GOP Tax Reform

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

We know a lot less about the recently proposed federal tax reform than we think we know. We don’t know what major income tax deductions will stay or go in the final bill. Nobody does, because it’s a highly contested political process right now. Most importantly, we don’t know what effect, if any, lower taxes […]

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

Editor’s Note: I did a podcast with Jesse Eisinger for the finance website Make Change, in which we discuss his book in further detail. I recommend listening to it here! Nine years after the Great Recession mortgage bond crisis of 2008, no executives with any seniority on Wall Street faced criminal consequences. Although a few […]

How Not To Invest: Viaticals

How Not To Invest: Viaticals

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

I’m a big fan of niche financial markets as well as learning about how NOT to invest. This leads me this week to the “life settlements” industry, and a subset of that business known as “viaticals.” Living owners of life insurance policies sometimes seek to sell their policies on the secondary market to receive a […]