Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

Peter Kovac wrote Flash Boys: Not So Fast, as a point-by-point refutation of the major premises of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. At the end of Kovac’s book – well actually, after just the first few pages – you’re left with the strong impression that Lewis wrote a tale built on speculation about a dramatic – [&hellip

A Million Dollars Richer - For Almost Nothing Except Coffee

A Million Dollars Richer – For Almost Nothing Except Coffee

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

Editor’s Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News I’d like to be a million dollars richer. And I don’t particularly want to work for it. I feel the way native San Antonian, former San Antonio Express-News writer and Saturday Night Live faux-philosopher Jack Handey did when he wrote: “It’s [&hellip

Book Review: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Book Review: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

By The Banker | Book Reviews

My latest book recommendation for anyone who, basically, knows how to read: Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. It’s a bit hard to describe exactly why you, specifically, may need to read this book. But I’m assuming: Each one of us needs to work on our soul in some way, at [&hellip

Election Night Talk on TX Comptroller Race

Election Night Talk on TX Comptroller Race

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Texas, Video

I joined my colleague at the San Antonio Express News to discuss the incoming Comptroller, as well as the fate of the controversial Texas Enterprise Fund. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream   The TL;DR Summary – 1. Susan Combs deserves credit for shedding light on state finances, such as county debt and school district [&hellip

In Which I Praise An Outgoing Texas Politician

In Which I Praise An Outgoing Texas Politician

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Editor’s Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News.  In Praise of Susan Combs As we elect a new crop of public officials in Texas this week let’s take a moment to appreciate an outgoing official, Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. As Comptroller, Combs served as a combination [&hellip