Category Archive: Andrew’s Articles

Oct 14 2014

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Can Amazon Keep Defying Warren Buffett’s Mantra?

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Amazon has beaten or knocked out nearly every heavyweight retail contender.  Those still in the bookstore business (R.I.P. Borders) keep getting uppercuts to the chin. Investors in Amazon’s stock have made a fortune.  In the past 10 years, shareholders have gained nearly 720 percent. Yet the company stands on wobbly legs.  That might sound crazy.  …

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Oct 07 2014

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World’s Most Adventurous Couple Show Keys To Success

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  “Do you guys want tea?” Julie asked, while holding her three-month old son, Oliver. Her husband, Colin, was showing me designs he creates and sells for custom rowboats.  I got off the floor and followed the couple into their living room.  Julie and Colin are a bit like Clark Kent and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s alter ego). At …

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Oct 02 2014

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A look inside Canada’s hottest ETFs

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Quick question: Which are Canada’s hottest index funds? Considering the stampede into Vanguard Canada’s ETFs since their 2011 debut, many would give them the nod. In fewer than two years, their assets under management exceeded $1-billion. But there’s another fast horse in the ETF race, and it’s hot on Vanguard’s tail. First Asset launched its …

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Oct 01 2014

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Is Your International School’s Retirement Package As Strong As You Think?

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Janette accepts a job at an international school in China. She’s thrilled by the school’s retirement package. They match what she invests, up to an amount equaling 10 percent of her annual salary. In other words, if she were paid $50,000 per year and invested $5000, the school would pitch in an additional $5000. That’s …

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Sep 19 2014

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Crack The Cycle Of Poverty With No Effort Or Cost

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Imagine the government rounding up people. Those exceeding grade 8 educations, come this way. You wear glasses.  You must be smart.  Step forward please. Cambodia’s leader, Pol Pot, did this between 1975 and 1979.  His goal?  To eliminate the educated.  He viewed them as threats to his regime.  In just a few short years, genocide …

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Sep 18 2014

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Would Mini-Retirements Beat A Single Big One?

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Perhaps taking multiple short retirements is a lot better than saving up everything and enjoying one big one. I wrote about my thoughts at AssetBuilder. Image courtesy of pixabay.com Let me know what you think!

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Sep 09 2014

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Are Online Dating Sites Worth The Time And Money?

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My friends, Jean and David, married after meeting on eHarmony.   I mention them here, in my latest Assetbuilder article:  Image courtesy of pixabay.com Read My Article at AssetBuilder to Find Out More  

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Sep 07 2014

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Why Time Doesn’t Have To Accelerate With Age

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Have you ever marvelled at how time seems to race as we age? As I explore in this Assetbuilder article, it doesn’t have to be that way.    

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