Category: Smart Investing

Stack the Money Deck in Your Favour 7

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....

Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make – Part 1 of 3 6

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...

Make Sure You Aren’t Falling Behind 19

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...

Teacher To Student: “It’s Better To Be Lazy” 8

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...

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due 10

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...

Indexing With a Financial Advisor 18

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...

What’s Better Than Learning From Your Investment Mistakes? 19

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...

Where I was dumb, but perhaps a little less so now 15

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...

Maddy’s three year investment journey 13

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...

Singapore Index Funds cost 1,500% more 14

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...

You want to be a good investor?  Learn to ignore people 8

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...

I Just Found $35,000 – So What Did I Do With It? 28

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...

Wisdom from the financial blogosphere 7

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...