Posts Tagged ‘debt’

Dueling Mortgage Gurus and Uncertainty

Dueling Mortgage Gurus and Uncertainty

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

One of the things that makes finance endlessly fascinating (to me!) is that perfectly sound logic for one situation turns out to be perfect madness in another situation. In my best moments I appreciate the ironies and contradictions. In my worst moments I despair for people whipsawed by the seeming complexities of financial choices. Most [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: FICOs Score and Monthly Balances

Ask An Ex-Banker: FICOs Score and Monthly Balances

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

Note: See Part I on FICO Scores, which inspired this question from a reader. Dear Banker, I’ve been getting copies of my 3 credit reports annually since 2005. I’m concerned about a change in the reported information from Capital One and Chase. My reports used to reflect 1) amount billed 2) scheduled (minimum) payment 3) [&hellip

FICO Scores - Part I

FICO Scores – Part I

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

I’m 43 years old and I have a terrible confession to make: I still know my SAT scores by heart. Wait, it gets worse. I still know my PSAT scores by heart. I know, I know, I’m that guy. I’m not proud of this so let’s move on quickly to another semi-related topic: FICO scores. [&hellip

Book Review: I.O.U. by John Lanchester

Book Review: I.O.U. by John Lanchester

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

In reading and reviewing John Lanchester’s I.O.U. – Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay I continue my quest for the best contemporary histories of the 2008 Crisis. One reason to study and understand a crisis like 2008 is to avoid repeating it.  George Santayana’s pithy justification for historical review – “those who [&hellip

Ask an Ex-Banker: Medical Debt

Ask an Ex-Banker: Medical Debt

By The Banker | Ask an Ex-Banker, Blog Posts, Personal Finance

Dear Banker, I have a question about medical debt. My 36-year-old sister just suffered a brain hemorrhage, collapsing at work and sent to the hospital. I am happy to say that she is expected to make a full recovery, but the treatment and ensuing hospital stay involved a week in intensive care, a neurosurgical “procedure,” [&hellip