Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

I judged this book by the arresting title Dark Age Ahead, and decided that – in my current frame of mind – I had to read it.1 Jane Jacobs wrote this is 2004, and the book has a bit of the feel of a time capsule – as her current events examples stem from 2001 to 2002. Jacobs’ strength […]

Look Back Look Forward - New Years Resolutions

Look Back Look Forward – New Years Resolutions

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

It’s January, the month named for Janus the two-faced Roman God who looked both backward to the past and forward to the future. Looking back over 2016, I realized that I learned about three types of investment accounts, each of which – depending on your phase of life – might make for a nice New […]

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Republic by Plutarch

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Republic by Plutarch

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Why shouldn’t I review a book written 2,000 years ago? I can’t say reading Plutarch for the first time gave me a definitive roadmap for how a republic turns to dictatorship, but a few themes are suggestive, such as the aggregation of wealth by the would-be dictators, and the constant military campaigns. Each of the leaders either […]

Malls Are Dead. Long Live Online Shopping

Malls Are Dead. Long Live Online Shopping

By The Banker | Blog Posts

At Christmas 2016, the twenty-year battle is over. One side won, one side lost. I mean the twenty-year war between bricks-and-mortar stores and online venders. This one-sided thrashing has been worse than that suffered by those perennial losers, the Washington Generals. (Note: I’m referring to basketball team that lost more than 16,000 games to the […]

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 […]