Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

School Finance And My Tax Bill

School Finance And My Tax Bill

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

I got my real estate tax bill in the mail recently, and noted with horror that more than half of my annual chunk of flesh goes to my local school district. That chunk for schools got 16 percent bigger this year compared to last year, and on November 8th we’re being asked to vote yes [&hellip

Pretending Economic Policy Matters

Pretending Economic Policy Matters

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas, Wall Street

This Presidential election is absolutely not about economic policy. To pretend that you’re choosing your presidential candidate in the 2016 election based on economic policy – after this campaign season – is as absurd as claiming you used to purchase Playboy for the articles. Even so, let’s pretend for a moment that this election was [&hellip

Estate Tax Takedown - Levine Defeats Mankiw

Estate Tax Takedown – Levine Defeats Mankiw

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes

I’m a huge fan of Bloomberg’s Matt Levine,1  who is basically smarter and funnier than anyone writing about finance. Anyway, I was annoyed to read yesterday’s Op-Ed by Gregory Mankiw (whose textbook of course we all had to have in College) Mankiw’s a Harvard professor with all the respect that comes with that, and he’s [&hellip

Houston We've Got a (Pensions) Problem

Houston We’ve Got a (Pensions) Problem

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Houston’s three public pensions may not be in total distress today, but some of the instrument panels are beginning to flash orange. One of the warning signs is the hit to the city’s credit-ratings earlier this year, as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the City of Houston’s debt on March 16 2016. You might guess that [&hellip

Wylys - What Were They Thinking?

Wylys – What Were They Thinking?

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

I’m fascinated by the psychology of Dallas-based entrepreneur Sam Wyly, recently ordered to disgorge $1.1 Billion for maintaining an extensive offshore scheme that led to convictions and penalties for securities fraud and tax evasion. I’m interested in knowing: What the heck was he thinking? I mean, I gather Sam was motivated to not pay too [&hellip