Posts Tagged ‘texas’

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

City Direct Equity Investments - UGH

City Direct Equity Investments – UGH

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

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I read with much interest the story last week of the San Antonio City Council approving a direct investment of $1.75 million in city funds to move three startup medical device manufacturing companies to San Antonio. And by “much interest” I mean the [&hellip