Eccentricities and more… of a Millionaire Teacher

I’m thrilled that The Globe and Mail has taken such an interest in my book, Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School.

Today, John Heinzl’s video clip, There’s No Feeling Like Being Debt Free, definitely showed my quirky side.  Have a look.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

Likewise, I’ve written a couple of recent articles for The Globe and Mail that have sparked some lively online posts.  I stay out of the fray.  When you check out the posts, Two Lessons On The Road to Being Wealthy and Could You Pass This Personal Finance Exam?, you’ll certainly see why.

Thanks again to Ian McGugan, John Heinzl and the staff at The Globe and Mail.

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 and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. 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.

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14 Responses

  1. The Dividend Ninja says:

    Andrew, wow man! You are on a roll 🙂 Fame and Fortune awaits (umm you already have a fortune). Well enjoy the journey as they say, congratulations and well deserved! Your book is already a big hit, and it's barely published. Pretty soon you will be so busy writing for the Globe & Mail, MoneySense, and so many others, you won't even have time to blog! Now think a few months ahead and your book will be the New York Times best seller, and other countries as well. Take a deep breath, onward and upward to the top Andrew!


    The Dividend Ninja

  2. Rich Baker says:

    Congrats on the release of your book Andrew. It must be going well, I am actually unable to get a copy from any chapters in Calgary, lol! Should i continue waiting on Chapters or am i better off just getting it offline?

    PS….I have been looking forward to the book since i stumbled across index investing and your blog a month ago!

    take care!


    • Thanks for the interest in the book Rich. I think you'll like it.

      Unfortunately, the book's promotions got ahead of their availability in Canada. I don't think the book will arrive in Canada for another seven weeks or so. But they will definitely be selling it at Chapters when it does arrive.

      If you order it through Amazon (there's a link at the top of my blog's page) there's a pre-order discount, and you would likely get the book as soon as it's available in Canada.

      At this point, I think The Globe and Mail's John Heinzl and Ian McGugan are the only Canadians with copies.

  3. Rich Baker says:

    Thanks for letting me know Andrew! The employees at my chapters are forever in your debt. They will not be receiving any more daily phone calls from me requesting an update! I"ll wait the 7 weeks!



  4. Collecting clams has got to be a new one! 😉 I am waiting for the book…

  5. What can I say?

    Andrew, congratulations on your continued success. I'm really looking forward to getting the book I pre-ordered in July and I will be sure to do a review on my blog.

    I also watched the clip, "There's No Feeling Like Being Debt-Free"; I knew you came from humble beginnings, but I wasn't aware of some of the commendable and extreme saving tactics you employed back in your earlier days of wealth accumulation.

    Good stuff.

    • Hey Wealthy Canadian,

      If the rumours of your identity are true, you were one of the first people to read my book's introduction. I hope you're doing well. I often think about how you are doing. Your old email address/connections no longer work.

      Keep well, my friend,


      • Hi Andrew,

        The rumors are indeed true :).

        Yes, I am proud to say that I was among the first to read the introduction of your new book some time ago; if I'm not mistaken, I think we even corresponded over a couple variations for the title you were thinking about.

        I had to leave blogging (and avoid work on the computer with my job) for a while because of having to repeatedly see an eye specialist. I found out the hard way that it is possible to have 20-20 vision yet an astigmatism can lead to having to wear glasses. My problem was compounded by the fact that my eye was not adjusting to the prescription because it was the lowest possible.

        Believe it or not, my specialist recommended me to head down south to a sunny location and eureka, upon my return I noticed a huge improvement; things did get back on track but it took time, and only after repeated attempts to 'get back in the game' so to speak did it get to a manageable level.

        I know this may sound 'puny' in nature but when half of your face is twitching, you begin to toss less important things to the side. I had to have a major kidney operation when I was just a kid and I have always placed health first because in life we really never know what's coming down the pipeline.

        My wife also got pregnant and new priorities presented themselves. We now have a beautiful baby boy in our lives and things are just great.

        By the time I got back to my blog and e-mails, my account was riddled with spam and I was getting e-mails left, right and center from people within my contact list asking me why I was sending them repeated messages, when I wasn't sending them at all to begin with. Needless to say, I had to close my yahoo e-mail account.

        I have always regretted and felt guilty about my absence and have apologized to some of my closest blogging friends such as MOA and Y&T (I also looked for your contact page on your site); they too had wondered where I'd been.

        I had a few people ask me why I didn't just resurrect Ending The Rat Race so that I could ensure a readership right from the get-go but to be honest, I felt the intermittent periods of inactivity wasn't fair for them and they deserved consistency. That's something you have to earn.

        At any rate, I'm certainly glad to see how things have been shaping up with so many of my favorite blogs in the personal finance world. There's no shortage of great material to read.

        I was outdoors today cutting wood with a couple of family members and all I could think about was your strategy. It's creeping up on me!

        All the best and congrats once again,


  6. Congrats and well deserved!

    I was reading the comments your articles generated and many gave me a chuckle 🙂 I love your approach at teaching others. It's one of the reasons that got me into blogging. I could not believe what I was learning in my 30s that I wished I had learned much earlier.

    I can't wait to read your book!

  7. Congratulations on your continued success and fame!

    I know you don't do it for the latter Andrew, but good things come from following your passion; and your love of teaching, sharing and learning.

    I can't wait for that book! I hope it's closer to my mailbox everyday!

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