Millionaire Teacher Apology

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of MillionaireTeacher. 

I’m hoping that this book will serve as a teaching tool for you to read and then pass on to others.

But I have an apology to make.

After becoming the #1 Personal Finance book in the U.S., based on Amazon sales, American copies quickly sold out.  It peaked as the 25th best selling book in the United States, and I laughed to see it ahead of the Harry Potter books.

You can still order the book through AmazonUSA, but it’s going to take a couple of weeks before the books get delivered.  John Wiley & Sons is rushing to get the books printed as soon as they can.

There are still a few books left on AmazonCanada, if you’re interested in grabbing one there.

This book surprised everybody—especially me. 

But I’m thrilled that its lessons are gettingspread quickly across North America.

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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 (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) 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, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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  1. no one has more first hand experience helping expat investors

  2. Jlinc says:


  3. S. Lim says:

    Hi Andrew

    I have just finished reading your book. It has inspired me to take charge of my investments and not leave them to my bank relationship managers. Now I understand why financial sector created so much wealth for themselves – all at our expense.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and the well-written, easy-to-understand book.

    • S. Lim!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write such kind words about my book. I'm pretty sure you're busy (perhaps too busy!) but if you have an Amazon account, would you mind writing a short review? Even just pasting what you have written above would be awesome.

      Whether you can or not, I sincerely want to thank you for taking the time to write such kind words on my blog.



  4. S. Lim says:

    Hi Andrew

    Yes, I am too busy moving my funds out of unit trusts and putting them into ETFs!

    I don't have an Amazon account. I got your book from bookdepository. I do check Amazon's ratings for books I am interested in and I get suspicious when I see a book with many good reviews from reviewers who only wrote that one review. But if this would really help you, I'll do that for you when I have some time.



  5. Great book. It was a nice read, not your typical financial book that is difficult to get through.

  6. jen says:

    hey Andrew! just wanted to say that my partner and I love your book .You among others like Mike Mahler (kettlebell expert) 🙂 have inspired us to make life changes. I do have a question however, in relation to my father. What advice can you offer those who are already retired? He received some horrible advice, lost a lot of money and ended up getting frustrated and pulling all his investments. He says he wished that it was 10 years ago when he could follow your advice. Any suggestions?


  7. Very impressed that the book has been doing so well! I'm happy that I was able to get a copy! 😉

  8. Hi Jen,

    I'm glad you liked the book. But I'm very sorry to hear that your dad was taken for a ride. I would suggest that he follow a strategy outlined in my book. If he's 70 years old, and not receiving oodles of money through a government or corporate pension, he could have 30% of his money in stock indexes and 70% in bond indexes. His primary concern should be the preservation of his money, with a possibility of some conservative growth.

    If you have an Amazon account Jen, I'd be thrilled if you could give my book a review on Amazon. Here's the link:

    And feel free to ask me questions if you have any further queries about your dad's money.

  9. Linda says:

    Nearly finished your book. Delighted and relieved that you confirm where I have been drifting lately…to indexes instead of trying every form of trading there is and ending up with the same amount of money as 15 years ago! I am in the same boat as Jen’s dad. I am a year younger and depleting my savings. I am not averse to taking a bit of risk, however. If I follow your suggestion for her dad, could I reduce the bond portion a bit and for the stock index, could/should it be half CDN and half US or international? Your book is sooo interesting and thought provoking…it has inspired me to look at the rest of my stressful life and make changes…thanks so much Andrew!!

  10. Emelyn says:

    Hi Andrew, I just finished reading your book. I looked at the Indexes that you suggested under the TD bank’s e-series funds. I went to TD’s website and saw all the 4 indexes that were in your book with their corresponding symbols (TDB905, TDB900, TDB902, TDB909). I just got confused when I saw that there were 2 international indexes in the e-series funds namely : TD International index and TD international index currency neutral. There were also 3 US indexes namely: TD US index-e, TD US Index ($US)-e and TD US index currency neutral-e. I picked TD int’l index currency neutral and TD US index-e because those were the ones that matched the symbols you wrote in your book “Millionaire Teacher”. Did I pick the right indexes? The book was written in 2011, I was just wondering if you still recommend TD’s e-series now that we are in 2015? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Emelyn,

      I still recommend those indexes. But if you can switch from the currency neutral e-Series international index to the other one, you will save a bit of money. The currency neutral one is currency hedged. That means it will cost you slightly more.

      As for the U.S. index, you have chosen the correct one.


  11. Emelyn says:

    Andrew, I currently have my RRSP with RBC. It is not invested in any mutual funds, it is just sitting in my RRSP. Since I am going to avail of the TD e-series funds, I was going to transfer all of my RRSP money from RBC to TD bank so that all my RRSP transactions will be at TD. I am still keeping my chequing account and savings account with RBC though. Am I doing the right thing? Will I have any legal obligations with RBC since I am pulling out all my RRSP money?
    Thank for you response. I may still have to post a few questions soon as I continue to work on my RRSP. Thanks so much. – Emelyn

    • Emelyn,

      If you want, you could open an account with RBC Action Direct. From there, you could buy ETFs. Whether you choose that route, or transfer your holdings to TD Waterhouse won’t make any difference. In other words, you have no obligation to stay with RBC.


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