Guest Post: The Simplest Investment Approach, Ever

Guest Post: The Simplest Investment Approach, Ever

By Lars Kroijer | How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance

Editor’s Note: Lars Kroijer is a former hedge fund manager, and the author of two books. He previously posted here on the advantage of conceding ‘edge’ in personal investing. I appreciate his debunking the value of high-cost financial services.   You probably can’t outperform the market – here is how you should invest once you [&hellip

An interesting investment paper

An interesting investment paper

By The Banker | How Not To Invest, Investing, Wall Street

Today I will run the risk of re-posting somebody else’s work many months after others have had a chance to read it, on the assumption that non-professional readers do not spend their day scouring investment blogs for clever reading material. The much greater risk, I think, is that thoughtful work goes unread by people who [&hellip

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

I recently pointed out the absurdity of certain executive pay packages which result from stock or stock option awards. Rather than matching “pay to performance” as proponents claim, the equity awards to executives often create absurd payouts for bad performance, or substitute lucky timing for skill. If the stock goes up during an executive’s tenure, or even [&hellip

The New MyRA - From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

The New MyRA – From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

By The Banker | Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

The federal government – following an idea proposed during Obama’s January 2014 State of the Union address – will role out a new simplified IRA plan later this year, designed as a starter retirement account, known by the catchy name MyRA. Geared to lower- and middle-income earners, the accounts will have the following features: 1. Automatic deduction [&hellip

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story - Yahoo!

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story – Yahoo!

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Every once in a while – ok, every couple of weeks – we get hit in the head with a new example of how “executive compensation” and “executive performance” have close to zero correlation in practice. The key to this disconnect is typically “incentive pay” through company stock or stock options. This week’s story about Yahoo’s [&hellip