Posts Tagged ‘hedge funds’

Tax Avoidance - All The Feelings

Tax Avoidance – All The Feelings

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

One thing worse than paying our taxes is the idea that other people avoid paying their fair share of taxes. On the subject of tax avoidance by other people, I can think of at least three principal feelings. As the kids say, I feel all the feelings. Outright tax fraud People everywhere on the political [&hellip

In Defense of John Paulson

In Defense of John Paulson

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

I feel like there are lessons about philanthropy in John Paulson’s $400 million gift to Harvard that I haven’t seen explained yet. I don’t know John Paulson (maybe that’s already obvious?) but I feel like I know a little bit about how he thinks, having worked with, for, and as a mortgage bond professional, and [&hellip

Taxes Rant: Carried Interest Edition

Taxes Rant: Carried Interest Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Dear Money: I miss you so, so much. I recently mailed off – with deep feelings of loss – two of my biggest checks of the year: one for real estate taxes to the county where I live and the other to [&hellip

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

Peter Kovac wrote Flash Boys: Not So Fast, as a point-by-point refutation of the major premises of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. At the end of Kovac’s book – well actually, after just the first few pages – you’re left with the strong impression that Lewis wrote a tale built on speculation about a dramatic – [&hellip

Excerpt From Critique of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys

Excerpt From Critique of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

Pete Kovac, a friend who worked for a quantitative trading firm, got in touch with me soon after Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys came out last Spring to let me know he thought the book had serious errors. My friend became so alarmed at the Michael Lewis version of quant trading – which appears to have [&hellip