Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Pundits Talking Their Book

Pundits Talking Their Book

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

One of clearest, most knowledgeable, and most readable pundits on financial markets is a guy named Bill Gross. Gross, known in financial circles as the “The Bond King” and the founder of mutual fund giant PIMCO, writes an entertaining monthly letter with musings on his life, asset prices and value, and the future direction of [&hellip

Rent vs. Buy - The Simplest Answer

Rent vs. Buy – The Simplest Answer

By The Banker | Blog Posts

The “Rent v. Buy” discussion offers endless opportunities for debate. We can talk about the opportunity to buy a piece of the mythical ‘American Dream’ – on the path to acquiring key accessories like a white picket fence, 2.3 children, and a Viking stove. We can talk about the extraordinary risks taken by mortgage borrowers [&hellip

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik, Part I - On Fees

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik, Part I – On Fees

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas, Wall Street

Here’s Part I of my interview with an investment consultant who charges advisory fees in an unusually (admirably!) transparent way. In Parts II and III to follow Wendy and I discuss the uses of insurance, the psychology of savings, and how to get rich slow. You can read the transcript but as always I recommend [&hellip

A Leader for San Antonio: Mike Villarreal

A Leader for San Antonio: Mike Villarreal

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I have something to say about the San Antonio Mayor’s race. My friend Mike Villarreal is running and he is by far the best candidate. He supports data-driven financial policies (rather than platitudes and rhetoric), he listens and acts across party lines and for the good of the whole (not just one constituency), and he’s [&hellip

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