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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

Ask an Ex-Banker: Algorithmic Trading

Ask an Ex-Banker: Algorithmic Trading

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

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News Dear Mike, I spotted something on algorithmic trading on your blog, and finance and investment are a bit of a hobby of mine. I am sending you a press release about a Canadian trader who has worked out a successful trading technique based [&hellip

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

Peter Kovac wrote Flash Boys: Not So Fast, as a point-by-point refutation of the major premises of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. At the end of Kovac’s book – well actually, after just the first few pages – you’re left with the strong impression that Lewis wrote a tale built on speculation about a dramatic – [&hellip

Would You Like To Understand High Frequency Trading?

Would You Like To Understand High Frequency Trading?

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

My friend Pete Kovac got so peeved about Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys that he wrote a response, in the form of a book, called Flash Boys Not So Fast – An Insider’s Perspective On High Frequency Trading. The highly unusual part about this book is that high frequency trading up until now has basically been [&hellip