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 […]

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 […]