Category: Smart Investing

Stack the Money Deck in Your Favour

Stack the Money Deck in Your Favour

Successful investing is about putting the odds in your favour.  But too often, we take ridiculous money risks without understanding what the real odds are. We gamble (a lot!) in...

Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make – Part 1 of 3

Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make – Part 1 of 3

As a high school teacher, I’ve done plenty of reading on educational theory.  How do kids learn, and how can you make it stick?  If given free reign, I’d like...

Make Sure You Aren’t Falling Behind

Make Sure You Aren’t Falling Behind

If you had invested $200,000 in the world’s stock and bond markets on September, 11, 2006 (and didn’t add a penny to it) would you have made money? You should...

Teacher To Student: “It’s Better To Be Lazy”

Teacher To Student: “It’s Better To Be Lazy”

I’ll admit that I wasn’t a hard-working student, when I was a kid.  Life was meant to be lived, I figured, rather than spent hunched over a desk, amidst books,...

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Investors deserve more credit than most academics realize.  When their performances are strong, they usually stick to their selected fund companies.  When their performances are weak, they generally bail.  The...

Indexing With a Financial Advisor

Indexing With a Financial Advisor

Many investors understand that the highest odds of investment success come from owning a diversified account of indexes, rather than a slew of actively managed mutual funds. But we also...

What’s Better Than Learning From Your Investment Mistakes?

What’s Better Than Learning From Your Investment Mistakes?

The only thing better than learning from our investment mistakes is learning from somebody else’s.  As Baby Boomers are winding down their work schedules, many of them are finding, according...

Where I was dumb, but perhaps a little less so now

Where I was dumb, but perhaps a little less so now

Before today, I didn’t own any Canadian equities, other than the high dividend yielding ETF, XDV. In fact, I didn’t buy that one until a full year ago. Content to...

Maddy’s three year investment journey

Maddy’s three year investment journey

Last week, Maddy called me up, sounding as if a squadron of seagulls had dumped on her car. “Andrew, the stock markets keep rising—I’m hating that!” I was so happy...

Singapore Index Funds cost 1,500% more

Singapore Index Funds cost 1,500% more

Purchasers of index funds in Singapore deserve a fair shake. As the least expensive form of mutual fund investment, there’s no management team of researchers to pay. An index simply...

You want to be a good investor?  Learn to ignore people

You want to be a good investor? Learn to ignore people

 There are times when effective investors need to flip a small switch that exists in each of our psyches. When flipped, the investor possesses the capacity to ignore the pressures...

I Just Found $35,000 – So What Did I Do With It?

I Just Found $35,000 – So What Did I Do With It?

Earlier this summer I found $35,000. It was in a brown envelope, in a ditch, about a mile from my parent’s place. OK, I made part of that story up....

Wisdom from the financial blogosphere

Wisdom from the financial blogosphere

There’s a timeless aspect to a great investment book. You know it’s amazing when you can read it years or decades later, and its messages are still relevant and wise....

Meet One of the World’s Best Stock Market Investors – Charles Kirk

Meet One of the World’s Best Stock Market Investors – Charles Kirk

When passionate investors talk about who the world’s best stock market professionals are, high profile names like Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, George Soros and Bill Miller get uttered with reverence....

Stock Markets are Completely Rational? Yep!!

Stock Markets are Completely Rational? Yep!!

When watching a stock market news based television show, or reading about the stock market’s gyrations in the newspaper, you’d get the impression that the stock market was some kind...

Rising Stock Market or Falling Stock Market — Which Do You Prefer?

Rising Stock Market or Falling Stock Market — Which Do You Prefer?

At first glance, the question answers itself. Most people prefer a rising stock market unless they’re hoping to “short” the market (betting that it will drop in value, and financially...