Ed Garza responds - On Contracting with VIA

Ed Garza responds – On Contracting with VIA

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

SAISD President and former Mayor Ed Garza reached out to me last week in response to my review of his real estate transactions. He responded to my review of his real estate business here. I then used the opportunity to ask him about his other business interests. In particular, I asked him about Zane Garway [&hellip

Ed Garza responds – on Real Estate

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I recently posted a piece about Ed Garza, former mayor of San Antonio, and current President of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), critically reviewing his real estate businesses and questioning some of his results. Garza was kind enough to respond last week, and I appreciate that he took the time. He corrected a [&hellip

On Mortgages, Part I - I am a Golden God

On Mortgages, Part I – I am a Golden God

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance

On timing in investments and personal finance, as it relates to my home mortgage Did you see the front page of the Wall Street Journal today?  Yeah, that graph that showed 10-year bond yields up 0.5% in the past two months?  Oh boy that made me so happy this morning. I locked in my new [&hellip

Book Review: My Vast Fortune by Andrew Tobias

Book Review: My Vast Fortune by Andrew Tobias

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

Andrew Tobias published  My Vast Fortune – The Money Adventures of a Quixotic Capitalist in 1997, the year I started to become interested in finance and the same year I managed to scrape together $5,000 in personal ‘net worth.’ I only discovered Tobias a few weeks ago, however, and I’m busy trying to make up [&hellip

A Review of SAISD President Ed Garza's Real Estate Deals

A Review of SAISD President Ed Garza’s Real Estate Deals

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

 Ed Garza’s Presidency of the SAISD Board I hear recurring criticism of the current SAISD Board; that it focuses on real estate contracts and business opportunities – via new construction, bond deals, acquisition of property, and sub-contracting – rather than on the real business of the school district, educating children. I’ve heard so much about [&hellip