Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

Worst San Antonio Financial Idea of 2015: Bringing Raiders to Town

Worst San Antonio Financial Idea of 2015: Bringing Raiders to Town

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News Are you ready for my first nomination for San Antonio’s Worst Financial Idea of 2015 Award? “What? So soon,” you say? “We just started the year!” Yes, but I’ve resolved against procrastinating in the New Year, and this idea clearly needs highlighting. Are [&hellip

Fired Up By Cuba Policy Change

Fired Up By Cuba Policy Change

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I’m totally fired up that the Obama administration relaxed travel, trade, and diplomatic restrictions on Cuba last week. Removing the US embargo will not raise up Cuban people’s lives as much as we hope without the Cuban regime, for its part, embracing more [&hellip

City Direct Equity Investments - UGH

City Direct Equity Investments – UGH

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

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I read with much interest the story last week of the San Antonio City Council approving a direct investment of $1.75 million in city funds to move three startup medical device manufacturing companies to San Antonio. And by “much interest” I mean the [&hellip

Government as Primary innovator?

Government as Primary innovator?

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Investing, Video

I’ve written passionately about the stultifying, influence-peddling, and depressing results of local governments engaging in ‘Economic Development.’ But the thing I like best in the world** is a smart, contrarian argument that shows how I’ve not considered all sides of an issue. Like this TEDTalk for example. We often easily dismiss the government’s role in [&hellip

Book Review: Cities And The Wealth Of Nations by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Cities And The Wealth Of Nations by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Jane Jacobs begins her Cities And The Wealth Of Nations with a fundamental critique of mainstream economics.  Cities – and not nations – she argues, are the fundamental wealth producers, and therefore cities – and not nations – should be the basic unit of analysis for economics and finance. From this critique flow original ideas [&hellip