Apr 25 2013


International Teachers: Are you investing enough money?

To find out if you’re saving enough money, use my free, 13 minute seminar below:

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Nov 05 2012


Calling Fee-Based Financial Advisors

I want to profile (and encourage business for) financial advisors acting as true fiduciaries to their clients.

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May 26 2015


How To Live In Luxury On Somebody Else’s Dime


There’s a whole subculture of people out there living in luxury on somebody’s else’s dime.

No, they aren’t bums.

The Internet has opened up lifestyles that many of us never thought possible.

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May 19 2015


Is Energy Healing, Like Reiki, Bogus Or For Real?


Just over 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. 

A colleague of mine at Singapore American School (who soon became a good friend) told me that he had healing powers in his hands. 

He practiced Reiki.  And he offered to help me.

I wrote about my experience and thoughts (coupled with research) in the quest to answer the question: Is Reiki bogus, or for real?

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May 12 2015


Has The Tropical Island Of Bali Busted Its Own Romantic Bubble?


I pull our rented scooter off a road choked with slow moving cars and motorbikes. 

The odd Kamikaze swerves through on a Vespa as if he doesn’t want to see next week. I park beside an adjacent muddy path near a large pile of garbage–tin cans, plastic bottles, wood and broken glass.

“Is that dog dead?” I ask my wife. 

She climbs off the bike and looks to her left.  “Don’t go near it,” she warns.

I once threatened to lift the tail end of a wild jungle python.  Now she thinks I’ll touch almost anything, dead or alive.

I step a few feet forward.  The dog is dead.

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May 10 2015


If You Invested With Friends Provident, Make The Best Of A Bad Situation



If you invested with Friends Provident, one thing is almost certain.

You didn’t go looking for your broker. He or she found you. Such platforms pay massive commissions to brokers.

As such, brokers are hunters. You are prey.

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May 05 2015


Why Even Vanguard’s Mutual Funds Cost More Than You Might Think


Authors Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller were chatting at a party on Shelter Island.

Their host was a billionaire hedge fund manager.

At one point, Vonnegut says to Heller, “You know, this billionaire makes more money in one day than you made in your whole lifetime from your novel Catch-22.” 

Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have…enough.”

Catch-22 wasn’t just read by a few of Heller’s sympathetic friends. It has sold more than 10 million copies.

John Bogle tells this story in his 7th book, Enough

He says that mutual fund companies–like that hedge fund manager–just can’t seem to stuff enough money in their wallets.

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May 02 2015


Expat Investor Asks, Is My Financial Advisor One Of The Good Guys?



The following question was edited for brevity and clarity




I met with my financial advisor the other day. He is from Vancouver but was doing his ’rounds’ and I met him in Singapore. Our money is doing quite well with him (average 12% growth the past few years), and he charges 1% per annum. He, of course, showed all kinds of charts, just as your book suggested he would.  And he was convincing. I’m wondering if he could be one of the ‘good guys.’

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May 01 2015


Andrew Hallam’s Globe and Mail Articles Have Gone Pay Per View

andrew_001I’ve been writing regularly for the Globe and Mail since 2012.

I always pasted the first paragraph on my blog, then provided a Globe and Mail link so my readers could see the rest. 

The Globe and Mail pay me to write these articles–so it wasn’t fair (or legal) to paste them onto my blog in their entirety. 

 Roughly one month ago, the Globe and Mail’s Strategy Lab series (of which, I am one of the writers) went pay per view only.  

 You can still access my newspaper articles with a Globe and Mail subscription.

Here’s a recent sample.


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Apr 29 2015


How Dimensional Fund Advisors Really Earn Better Returns


Dimensional Fund Advisors is as popular as hemp in a commune of hippies.

According to Investment News, a 2014 survey said DFA’s investors were more loyal than investors with any other firm.

One reason is that the mutual fund company has posted strong performances. Bloomberg reports that nearly 90 percent of DFA funds with a 15-year track record beat their benchmarks. 

AssetBuilder regularly updates a series of DFA fund returns. 

They compare them to Vanguard’s funds. Their results often humble those of the indexing giant.

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