Napoleon Hill - The Ultimate Con-Artist

Napoleon Hill – The Ultimate Con-Artist

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Personal Finance

I read with great interest this long piece by Matt Novak on the back-story of Napoleon Hill, a man who gets credit as the father of the self-help genre. When I started doing financial book reviews, a number of people (and lists) recommended Hill’s 1937 classic, Think and Grow Rich. I  reviewed his book, and while much of [&hellip

Conflict of Interest and Moral Codes

Conflict of Interest and Moral Codes

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I was under the impression that we all agreed that government officials should do everything to eliminate both the reality and the appearance of acting for financial gain before, during, and after serving as a public figure. Apparently, that was naïve of me, as President-elect Trump has signalled his plan to turn over his business [&hellip

The Link Between Health and Wealth

The Link Between Health and Wealth

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

My wife (a doctor) likes health, and I like money. In that sense, our marriage represents the intersection of two things everybody wants more of. The biggest predictor of good health and a long life is how wealthy you are. This is often true – with plenty of variation of course – at the individual [&hellip

Trump Part VI - Principled Republican Leadership

Trump Part VI – Principled Republican Leadership

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Subhead: Help us Senator Ted Cruz, You’re Our Only Hope (!) I haven’t slept well lately because I’m worried for the end of the Republic. I’m re-reading about the rise of elected authoritarians, and the uses they make of security crises. I’m concerned Trump could cause an economic or financial crisis, and then use that [&hellip

Trump Part V - The Constitutional Crisis

Trump Part V – The Constitutional Crisis

By The Banker | Blog Posts

We can and have survived security crises. We can and have survived economic crises. My worst fever dreams are about how much Trump has already threatened to spark a constitutional crisis. Authoritarians often start out acting within constitutional norms but work to subvert institutions that limit their power, over time. Trump does not respect or [&hellip