Category: Smart Investing

Rising Stock Market or Falling Stock Market — Which Do You Prefer? 15

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...

Money Managers Who Make Sense 11

Money Managers Who Make Sense

The financial service industry is rife with conflicts of interest. Big brokerage houses like Merrill Lynch, Raymond James and Edward Jones (to name just...

Are you a Lousy Investor? 6

Are you a Lousy Investor?

If you watch the stock market, the economy, and you think bad news is bad, you’re probably a lousy investor I’m not going to...

Coca Cola -The World’s Easiest Business to Value? 19

Coca Cola -The World’s Easiest Business to Value?

Earlier this week, I bought $65,000 worth of Coca Cola shares at $50 per share, adding to the Coke shares that I bought in...

Great Investors are Odd 3

Great Investors are Odd

That good-looking kid in your high school class was voted “most likely to succeed”.  He always wore the latest fashions, had perfect hair, always...

Financial Evangelist 4

Financial Evangelist

Once learning about the long odds of success with actively managed mutual funds versus passive index funds, most investors will be keen to jump...

Financial crisis—time to panic? 9

Financial crisis—time to panic?

The more things change, the more they stay the same… Investors are fleeing to gold bullion as they lose faith in the stock markets...

Stay On the Rails 3

Stay On the Rails

What do most financial advisors and African/Middle Eastern carpet salesmen have in common?  A few years ago I took a train from  Algiers, Morocco...

Building Your Wealth Instead of Driving It Into the Ground 8

Building Your Wealth Instead of Driving It Into the Ground

Read what a 47 year old millionaire mechanic has to say about building wealth   Imagine operating a good old fashioned barber shop.  You...

Can scrounging for soda pop cans make you a millionaire? 0

Can scrounging for soda pop cans make you a millionaire?

A five year old girl named Star is brought up on a Bohemian island where the locals make their own clothes, where neither men...

Do the most successful people avoid financial advisors? 0

Do the most successful people avoid financial advisors?

Financially speaking, do the most successful people avoid financial advisors?   According to those interviewed for this Globe and Mail article, that appears to...

Show me the Money! 0

Show me the Money!

Hiring a financial advisor could be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Hire the wrong one, and you could be living...

Why I’m too greedy to invest in India and China 4

Why I’m too greedy to invest in India and China

I don’t own a single emerging market investment.  Why not?  Because I’m greedy, and I want the largest long term profits I can get...

Investment Update – 30 SEP 09 0

Investment Update – 30 SEP 09

Investors: I woke up this morning to see that the markets had fallen a bit again last night (as a guy in Singapore, my...

Why does a rising stock market depress me? 0

Why does a rising stock market depress me?

One of our investment club’s stocks is up nearly 10% in two days. Recently, another one of our stocks rose 4.3% in one day...

So you’re an American looking for an effective investment advisory service? 0

So you’re an American looking for an effective investment advisory service?

When I first met my wife, she was intimidated at the idea of questioning an investment advisor.  Most people feel the same way. But...

Dear Mr. Buffett 3

Dear Mr. Buffett

I heard that you’re going to be airing a cartoon for kids this fall about money management. I know that you’re a humble guy...