Book Review: If Your Money Talked What Secrets Would It Tell by Gary Sirak

Book Review: If Your Money Talked What Secrets Would It Tell by Gary Sirak

By The Banker | Book Reviews, How Not To Invest, Personal Finance

Gary Sirak’s primary insight in his book If Your Money Talked What Secrets Would It Tell – an insight I happen to agree with – is that the psychology of money, our personal relationship with money – is usually our biggest personal finance problem. Financial insecurity often plagues the professional making half a million dollars [&hellip

Eike Batista - Familiar Lessons on Financial Catastrophe

Eike Batista – Familiar Lessons on Financial Catastrophe

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal’s review this morning of the rise and fall of Brazilian (ex) Billionaire Eike Batista’s business empire contains excellent, timeless points about entrepreneurship, investing, and the madness of crowds.  I really recommend reading all of it. The bare facts – Batista dropped from a Forbes estimated $36 Billion net worth and business [&hellip

If You'd Like To Understand Financial Instruments But Need A Sports Hook

If You’d Like To Understand Financial Instruments But Need A Sports Hook

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

If you’d like to understand financial instruments used on Wall Street better, but you need a sports or entertainment hook as a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down, I recommend this article by Katie Baker on Grantland about the proposed Arian Foster “IPO” deal. [Katie Baker – who I do not know [&hellip

Government as Primary innovator?

Government as Primary innovator?

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Investing, Video

I’ve written passionately about the stultifying, influence-peddling, and depressing results of local governments engaging in ‘Economic Development.’ But the thing I like best in the world** is a smart, contrarian argument that shows how I’ve not considered all sides of an issue. Like this TEDTalk for example. We often easily dismiss the government’s role in [&hellip

I Disagree about JP Morgan But I'm Totally Entertained

I Disagree about JP Morgan But I’m Totally Entertained

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Video, Wall Street

A friend and I debated the merits yesterday of Alex Pareene’s recent article on Salon, in which Pareene praises the most recent $13 Billion fine against JP Morgan as justifiable punishment for greedy bankers and a morally-positive disincentive to the banking industry generally. I totally disagree. I happen to think, and I’ve written before, that [&hellip