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

Estate Planning for the Bourgeoisie

Estate Planning for the Bourgeoisie

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance

Like most of you, I am busy today updating my will, following the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.  I, too, want to ensure that he grows up in the world wanting in nothing. Naturally it is only just and right that I designate a portion of my entail to His Royal Highness. That got [&hellip

All Bankers Anonymous Book Reviews in One Place!

All Bankers Anonymous Book Reviews in One Place!

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

  “Five Years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”   On Inequality Unintended Consequences – Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong, by Edward Conard.  I’m opposed to his politics but I must admit he offers the best description I’ve read [&hellip

Book Review: The Only Investment Guide You'll EVER Need

Book Review: The Only Investment Guide You’ll EVER Need

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

It pains me to write this[1], but Andrew Tobias’ hyperbolically titled[2] The Only Investment Guide You’ll EVER Need actually lives up to the name. Tobias delivers solid personal financial advice, but in a playful tone. He enlivens an entire chapter on saving money – the world’s dreariest subject – with anecdotes about his own fetishistic [&hellip