Posts Tagged ‘how not to invest’

Texas Wants Its Own Fort Knox Because...

Texas Wants Its Own Fort Knox Because…

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

Now that the holiday season is behind us, you’re probably wondering where to store all of your gold ingots, lumps of physical gold, and bars of gold bullion. The struggle is real, amirite? Never fear, the State of Texas has your back, in 2018. Specifically, the Texas Bullion Depository wants to solve all your gold […]

A Road Runs Through It

A Road Runs Through It

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

I had a weird thing happen to me recently that prompted thoughts on real estate investing, “eminent domain,” and BIG GUBMINT. I (re-)learned that what you don’t know might hurt you, and also what you think you know about your constitutional rights might not be true. Through a series of unfortunate events, I became a […]

Now How Much Would You Pay? Comparing Fund Costs

Now How Much Would You Pay? Comparing Fund Costs

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

A wise man wrote about investing: “performance may come and go, but costs are forever.”[1] Let’s explore a bit how big these cost difference really become for your investment portfolio. As a starting point, do you already have a sense for whether the cost differences between funds you may own are in the hundreds of […]

Five Bad Reasons To Invest The Way You Do

Five Bad Reasons To Invest The Way You Do

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

This past month I taught an adult education course on investing. I began the first session with a discussion of the following question: “What are we really trying to do when we invest?” I’ll conclude this column with what I think we should try to do when we invest, but I can think of at […]

Sin and Profit

Sin and Profit

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

Jason Zwieg at the WSJ provides interesting data today on the relative returns of ‘socially irresponsible investing’ (my own phrase). I recently wrote that I could not recommend to a friend any ‘socially responsible’ mutual fund. My reasons: 1. Funds like this tend to have relatively high costs (especially compared to index funds, which I […]