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Donald Trump - Sovereign Debt Genius

Donald Trump – Sovereign Debt Genius

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

One of The Donald’s great strengths is that he latches onto a partial truth – or an unspoken but widely held belief – and then expands upon it for his own purposes. Obviously this can veer into disgusting territory, when it comes to expressing sexually insecure men’s feelings about women, or insecure workers’ feelings about economic threats from China [&hellip

Five Good Questions for A Finance Columnist

Five Good Questions for A Finance Columnist

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

Jake Taylor interviewed Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig, who recently published The Devil’s Financial Dictionary and asked him “Five Good Questions” Q1: What inspired him to write this book? Zweig says he needed something to update on his website that didn’t give readers an ‘action-item’ in response to market conditions, since that doesn’t tend [&hellip

Book Review: Capital In The Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty

Book Review: Capital In The Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality, Taxes, Wall Street

Once in a while I read a book and think “That! That is the one that will determine my definitive worldview on a subject.” This happened when I read Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers twenty-five years ago, and nothing has shaken my belief in Kennedy’s thesis.[1] Thomas Piketty’s Capital in [&hellip

Book Review: Where Are The Customers' Yachts by Fred Schwed

Book Review: Where Are The Customers’ Yachts by Fred Schwed

By The Banker | Book Reviews, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

Sometimes I procrastinate reading something really important to the point that I want to kick myself. Over the years I’ve seen Where Are The Customer’s Yachts? By Fred Schwed listed on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists of financial books, but only now got around to it in 2016? Ugh, no excuse for me. But don’t think [&hellip

Never Sell! A Disney and Churchill Mashup

Never Sell! A Disney and Churchill Mashup

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

In November I took my five-year-old’s life savings (mostly tooth-fairy money and birthday gifts) and bought her 4 shares in Disney stock via a custodial (UTMA) account. Fellow readers of If You Give a Pig a Pancake will already be familiar with the idea that certain actions lead inevitably to reactions. You see, if you [&hellip