No joke—I think I just cracked a rib running!

andrew hallam

andrew hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Wiley 2011) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use.

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  1. Karl says:


    In this respect, I think there's a difference between men and women. Men need to "fight" things more than women do. That "fighting instinct" manifests itself from our hunting and gathering (and physical fighting for survival) days. That's why men find things to be dissatisfied with. They're born to be contentious with others and with themselves, especially when there's no real "need" to fight in their daily lives.

    Women, on the other hand, are more satisfied and peaceful. Sure, some would like to pull your hair out by the roots and claw your eyes out, but the majority don't have to walk towards fights, whether internal (with themselves) or external (with someone else).

    Having children brings the fight to them. They don't need to go looking for it. It's pretty counterproductive to go looking for fights when their offspring brings it to them.

  2. Joe Chan says:

    Sorry to hear about your rib. Did you get clearance to run at that pace? I haven't run a 6 minute mile since college. But then you are in much better shape than I ever was.

    I finally took a look at the stocks and mutual funds in your contest. Some of the stocks in the portfolio were beaten down stocks ( Citi, AIG, Ford) but I think they will do well in the future.

  3. Hey Joe,

    No, I didn't get clearance to run at that pace. But I didn't ask either! My situation is pretty unique, and the doctor said that pain would be my indicator: if it hurts, I'm doing too much.

    As for those stocks, yeah, some people's view of what a terrible stock is going to be (in terms of future performance) might end up being somone else's view of a great value play. I guess that's makes the stock market tick: for a seller there's always a buyer with an opposing view.

    Do you think the "Loser portfolio" will keep pace over many years Joe? Or do you think the lead it took was just a short term thing?

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