529 Accounts for Grandparents

529 Accounts for Grandparents

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Taxes, Texas

If tax-advantaged investment accounts were characters from Pixar’s Cars movie, I’d award star-status to the 401K as the Lightning McQueen character voiced by Owen Wilson. Meanwhile, 529 education savings accounts would have to be represented by a grandfather-type character – like the Doc Hudson car from the 1950s – voiced by Paul Newman. I partly [&hellip

DAF and Dying With A Surplus

DAF and Dying With A Surplus

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Texas

If you face the high-quality problem of finishing your life with too much money, you’ve probably already figured out that three groups, and three groups only, get your surplus: The government, your family, and your preferred charities. Of these, we typically all agree about leaving the lowest legal amount to the government. Then we face [&hellip

Book Review - Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

Book Review – Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

Luca Pesaro’s Zero Alternative is a Dan Brown-style thriller, with a ruthless conspiracy of high-financiers chasing an ultra-effective prediction algorithm, a foreign-legion enforcer with a sadistic bent, a nihilistic hacker group, the chain-smoking derivatives-trading hero hoping to walk away from high finance after one last big trade, and a hot stripper who may or may [&hellip

NIRP

NIRP

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

What is the key signal, for you, that we’ve arrived at End Times? Maybe war and famine? The sun turning black and the moon turning blood red? That other party’s Presidential candidate – the one you hate – might just be the Antichrist? Sure, sure, all very scary. I’m a finance guy, so I’d argue: [&hellip

Wall Street Poems and Crimes

Wall Street Poems and Crimes

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas, Wall Street

I recently participated in a poetry reading on the themes of money, “the market”, and values.[1] The reading inspired in me two things. First, a wistful musing on the value of words. Second, a deeply unpopular view of supposed Wall Street crimes that will make you hate me. Wistful musing One question occurred to me [&hellip