Prescience on Detroit Bankruptcy

Prescience on Detroit Bankruptcy

By The Banker | Blog Posts

I’ve been doing summer reading and will soon post my review of Jane Jacobs’ classic 1961 book on urban revitalization The Death and Life of Great American Cities. In the meantime I was struck by a short passage in the book in which she foretells the death of Detroit. On the recently bankrupted Detroit, we [&hellip

Curt. Shilling.

Curt. Shilling.

By The Banker | Blog Posts

Everything you need to know about local, state, and national governments engaging in ‘Economic Development’ is right here and here, in this story of Curt Schilling. I’m on Cape Cod for two weeks with my family.  On the occasion of my re-entry to Red Sox Nation I thought I’d revisit this story of public investment [&hellip

Who Are Bankers Anonymous Readers?  July 2013 Edition

Who Are Bankers Anonymous Readers? July 2013 Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts

Here I continue my ongoing analysis of Big Data to determine profiles of Bankers Anonymous readers, which I previously did based on May and June statistics from Amazon.com. Readers of Bankers Anonymous in July 2013 mostly stuck to personal finance and Wall Street finance books, which makes perfect sense to me.  I’ve been focusing on [&hellip

Guest Post: Getting Real on Estate Planning

Guest Post: Getting Real on Estate Planning

By ToddR | Blog Posts, Personal Finance

[Editor’s Note: Reader ToddR noticed, correctly, that I know very little about estate planning, despite my having written a post about it last week.  He offered up his real-life experience with the topic.  I’m pleased to have a great guest post on the issue of estate planning.  I am also doubly pleased since I’m on vacation [&hellip

Book Review: Systems of Survival

Book Review: Systems of Survival

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I like to return to certain books that gnaw at me.  I found great pleasure this week returning to Jane Jacobs’ Systems of Survival – A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics. I remembered that Jacobs explained so much about the confusing divide in our contemporary dialogue on politics and business, but [&hellip