Tax Avoidance - All The Feelings

Tax Avoidance – All The Feelings

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

One thing worse than paying our taxes is the idea that other people avoid paying their fair share of taxes. On the subject of tax avoidance by other people, I can think of at least three principal feelings. As the kids say, I feel all the feelings. Outright tax fraud People everywhere on the political [&hellip

How To Win With Powerball - Learn The Math

How To Win With Powerball – Learn The Math

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Taxes

First things first,1 never buy a lottery ticket. Seriously, ever. Having said that, obviously I did buy a few this past week because, you know, I’m an irrational human. I’ll be the first to admit it. I also sometimes buy “King Size” Reese’s peanut butter cups (that’s the four-in-one size) in the checkout line at [&hellip

Ranking of Credit-Card Indebted Cities Explained

Ranking of Credit-Card Indebted Cities Explained

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

My wife, who spent her formative years in College Station TX, asked me “why don’t Aggies eat barbecue beans?” Answer: “Because they keep falling through the holes in the grill.” That’s not nice at all! And, most likely, not even true! Although I can’t be sure because I’ve only visited College Station myself a few [&hellip

Never Sell! A Disney and Churchill Mashup

Never Sell! A Disney and Churchill Mashup

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

In November I took my five-year-old’s life savings (mostly tooth-fairy money and birthday gifts) and bought her 4 shares in Disney stock via a custodial (UTMA) account. Fellow readers of If You Give a Pig a Pancake will already be familiar with the idea that certain actions lead inevitably to reactions. You see, if you [&hellip

Behavior Matters, Not Markets

Behavior Matters, Not Markets

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

From a personal finance perspective, markets don’t matter in the least. Behavior matters. Imagine if financial media reported every day on what actually affects whether you get richer or poorer over your lifetime? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I mean, don’t get me wrong. My imaginary show, “Nightly Financial Behavior, with Mike Taylor” would be a [&hellip