Archive for the ‘Wall Street’ Category

Pretending Economic Policy Matters

Pretending Economic Policy Matters

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

This Presidential election is absolutely not about economic policy. To pretend that you’re choosing your presidential candidate in the 2016 election based on economic policy – after this campaign season – is as absurd as claiming you used to purchase Playboy for the articles. Even so, let’s pretend for a moment that this election was […]

Book Review - Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

Book Review – Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

Luca Pesaro’s Zero Alternative is a Dan Brown-style thriller, with a ruthless conspiracy of high-financiers chasing an ultra-effective prediction algorithm, a foreign-legion enforcer with a sadistic bent, a nihilistic hacker group, the chain-smoking derivatives-trading hero hoping to walk away from high finance after one last big trade, and a hot stripper who may or may […]

NIRP

NIRP

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

What is the key signal, for you, that we’ve arrived at End Times? Maybe war and famine? The sun turning black and the moon turning blood red? That other party’s Presidential candidate – the one you hate – might just be the Antichrist? Sure, sure, all very scary. I’m a finance guy, so I’d argue: […]

Wall Street Poems and Crimes

Wall Street Poems and Crimes

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

I recently participated in a poetry reading on the themes of money, “the market”, and values.[1] The reading inspired in me two things. First, a wistful musing on the value of words. Second, a deeply unpopular view of supposed Wall Street crimes that will make you hate me. Wistful musing One question occurred to me […]

Hello Houston

Hello Houston

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

The Houston Chronicle recently started running my stuff, and I’m excited. In honor of my introduction to Houston, I’d like to offer a personal story about my very first trip to Houston. Best of all, this anecdote has a pithy financial moral at the end. In Spring 2001 I lived in New York City and […]