Category Archive: Andrew’s Articles

May 19 2015

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

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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 …

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May 12 2015

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

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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 …

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May 05 2015

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

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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 …

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May 01 2015

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

I’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 …

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Apr 29 2015

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How Dimensional Fund Advisors Really Earn Better Returns

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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 …

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Apr 21 2015

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How To Retire Rich, Even If You Aren’t

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Imagine this… You climb out of bed and wander into the kitchen.  Your maid is cooking breakfast.  Coffee is brewing and there’s a glass of freshly squeezed juice on the table. After breakfast, you book a 5 star holiday.  You take three of them in Southeast Asia each year.  This one is to Bali.  After …

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Apr 14 2015

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Think Like Warren Buffett When Vacationing Abroad

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During the 1974 stock market crash, Warren Buffett said he felt like an “oversexed guy in a harem.”  When stocks are on sale, Buffett loves to buy.  He knows he’s getting a bargain.  Smart travelers do much the same thing.  They travel when it’s cheap. And now may be the best time in ages for …

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Apr 07 2015

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Tips From The Best Stock Picker You’ve Likely Never Heard Of

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I know that some investors will always want to pick their own stocks.  I have no problem with that, as long as the stocks are icing on an index portfolio cake.  For those wanting the best stock picking guide I know, let me introduce you to Norm Rothery.   Image courtesy of Pixabay Read my …

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