Posts Tagged ‘san antonio’

Real Estate Tax Rant

Real Estate Tax Rant

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Real-estate tax policy – incredibly important yet relatively unseen – shapes how and where we live. I’ve ranted about estate tax policy as well as carried-interest tax policy here before, and now I’d like to rant about real-estate tax policy in my city. As before, I don’t think it’s enough to say ‘I hate taxes,’ because taxes [&hellip

Book Review: The Mystery Of The Invisible Hand

Book Review: The Mystery Of The Invisible Hand

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

Looking for a last minute book to purchase this holiday season for the bright business or economics student in your life? Perhaps the student in your life appreciates mixing economic theory with murder, as in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand by Marshall Jevons. Marshall Jevons is the pseudonym of economics professors Kenneth Elzinga of the [&hellip

Real Estate and the Efficient Market Hypothesis

Real Estate and the Efficient Market Hypothesis

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

Editor’s Note: A version of this appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Dignowity Hill is a historic neighborhood in San Antonio balanced precariously – for the moment – on the cusp of hipsterism, about to fall into the ‘gentrified’ category. For anyone who has strongly held opinions about gentrification, let me assure you this post has [&hellip

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

Why do some American cities diversify, improve, innovate and grow?  While other cities – most recently and egregiously Detroit – stagnate, shrink, and ultimately fail financially? I’m way outside of my intellectual comfort zone when it comes to commenting on urban planning policy, but reading Jane Jacobs’ classic The Death and Life of Great American [&hellip

Video: Interview with Pawn Shop Owner turned Politico

Video: Interview with Pawn Shop Owner turned Politico

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Texas, Video

Taking a break from commenting on Wall Street, the Dow’s highs and personal finance topics, I recorded a show yesterday with San Antonio, TX-based smart commentary site, Plaza de Armas. A friend and fellow small finance business owner Shirley Gonzales announced her candidacy for San Antonio City Council, District 5.  Shirley had previously introduced me to [&hellip