Archive for the ‘Wall Street’ Category

The Illusion of Democracy

The Illusion of Democracy

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

A new dilemma arose today in the ‘Teach my 9 year old child about money’ project. Kellogg’s sent her a voting card and ballot proxy, urging her to exercise her right to suffrage at the annual shareholder’s meeting, or more preferably, by signing a proxy form and sending it back to management. She has that voting [&hellip

Sin Investing

Sin Investing

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

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. I recently used a reader question about a stock with ticker symbol MO – also known as Altria, and formerly known as cigarette maker Phillip Morris – to talk about investment returns. I suspect readers of my column on calculating investment returns responded “ok, [&hellip

Interview with Mint.com - I Give ALL The Answers

Interview with Mint.com – I Give ALL The Answers

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

Finance website Mint.com asked me some good questions for their blog. You can visit them there or enjoy the repost below. As a former Wall Street insider, what do you think is the average person’s largest misconception about investing? The average person thinks that what Wall Street does is so complex that it requires extremely [&hellip

Sin and Profit

Sin and Profit

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

Jason Zwieg at the WSJ provides interesting data today on the relative returns of ‘socially irresponsible investing’ (my own phrase). I recently wrote that I could not recommend to a friend any ‘socially responsible’ mutual fund. My reasons: 1. Funds like this tend to have relatively high costs (especially compared to index funds, which I [&hellip

Not A Fan Of Socially Responsible Funds

Not A Fan Of Socially Responsible Funds

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

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. I want to be wealthier. I also want to be a good person. A friend – someone who also wants these two things – recently asked if I could recommend a good, reasonable-cost, ‘socially responsible’ mutual fund. My answer: Nope. I can’t. Now, [&hellip