Archive for the ‘Wall Street’ Category

Student Loan Nationalization

Student Loan Nationalization

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

I’ve heard zero public discussion of the effective nationalization of higher education lending over the last six years. In 2010, with the Great Recession crisis still fresh in our minds, amidst the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, or Obamacare), the federal government all but eliminated the private sector student loan business and [&hellip

Check Out This Acorns Thing

Check Out This Acorns Thing

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

I downloaded a fin-tech app called Acorns a few weeks ago. I recommend you drop this blog post now, text your favorite twenty-something, and make sure they’ve downloaded this thing already. I am now an evangelizing convert. Here’s a short list of problems many people have in getting started investing and building wealth. No money [&hellip

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