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An Expat Canadian in Japan, Finds A Way To Invest 140

An Expat Canadian in Japan, Finds A Way To Invest

One of my readers (an expat Canadian named Jon) was looking for investment options in Japan.  He wanted to invest with low cost index funds, but found nothing available.  As a result, he opted for a Singapore-based brokerage–the same one I use.  Best of all, he didn’t have to fly...

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International Teachers: Are you investing enough money?

To find out if you’re saving enough money, use my free, 13 minute seminar below:     If you’re an international school teacher, you’re metaphorically swimming in a warm sea, surrounded by beautiful bodies. Cultural eye candy meets your every glance.  There are exotic jungles to explore, equatorial mountains to climb, colorful...

Is There A Better Way For Index Investors? 23

Is There A Better Way For Index Investors?

Is there a better way for investors to index their portfolios? A bitter fight is breaking out over just that question. In one corner sits John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group. He believes that index funds should hold stocks in proportion to each stock’s market capitalization – the market...

High School Teenagers Investing 43

High School Teenagers Investing

I teach a personal finance class to high school kids. So far, this school year, nearly 40 percent of my high school students have opened investment portfolios of their own.  Most have opened custodial accounts, under their parents’ names. When these kids turn eighteen, the assets will be transferred to...

How To Respond When Your Advisor Tries to Dissuade You From Index Funds 19

How To Respond When Your Advisor Tries to Dissuade You From Index Funds

In my book, Millionaire Teacher, the seventh chapter was titled, Peek Inside A Pilferer’s Playbook. I explained the tactics used by financial advisors who try to dissuade their clients from buying index funds–keeping them in actively managed mutual funds instead. Today, I summarized some of their smoke and mirror rhetoric...

Why America is Still The Land of Opportunity 7

Why America is Still The Land of Opportunity

Despite America’s suffocating debt levels and (what many consider) its self-defeating government policies, more foreigners than ever are wishing they were American.  No, I’m not talking about Cubans launching dilapidated boats bound for Florida.  Nor am I talking about lottery green card wannabes from impoverished nations, desperate for their own...

How Singaporean Children Can Lead The Investment Pack 33

How Singaporean Children Can Lead The Investment Pack

Becoming a millionaire isn’t as hard as most people think.  You have to control your spending, save intelligently, and ensure that your money gets invested as early as possible. Warren Buffett, the world’s greatest investor, started investing when he was 11 years old.   Compound interest (which Einstein called the 8th...

Would I Invest in the U.S. Stock Market at Current Price Levels? 14

Would I Invest in the U.S. Stock Market at Current Price Levels?

 Your stomach is grumbling, and you’re aching for a slice of the best pizza in town.  But how much will it cost you?  To understand, in relative terms, you’ll need to understand pizza-pricing history.  Why?  Because I’m going to relate pizza pricing to the stock market. I’ve heard from an...

Investment Maestro, Michael O’Higgins, Continues to Impress 21

Investment Maestro, Michael O’Higgins, Continues to Impress

When I wrote my book, Millionaire Teacher, I wanted something timeless.  Many money books, after all, describe investment methods that look downright silly, just a few years after publication.  Other books are vague, rather than instructive. But one investment manager has written two prescriptive books, swaying from the ordinary.  His...

Unnerved By Surging Markets?  Try Value Averaging 8

Unnerved By Surging Markets? Try Value Averaging

With the U.S. market continuing to hit new highs, many investors are wondering whether it’s a case of too much too soon. During the past 10 months, the S&P 500 has risen nearly 24 per cent, including dividends. Vanguard’s MSCI Canadian stock ETF hasn’t kept pace, but it’s up 14...

ETF War Offers Opportunity For Canadians 19

ETF War Offers Opportunity For Canadians

It’s been a few years since we’ve had a good old-fashioned gas-price war at the pumps. But most of us can still remember the vehicle lineups. Some car owners even filled Jerry cans to squeeze every last ounce of value from the temporarily depressed fuel costs. A few bucks saved...

Millionaire Teacher Buying $50,000 of Canadian Bond Index 58

Millionaire Teacher Buying $50,000 of Canadian Bond Index

I hate it when stock markets rise.  If you’re at least five years away from retirement, you should too.  If you’re 20 years away from financial freedom, pray for a market crash.  Keep your head when it happens, and you’ll thank yourself, many years from now, as you benefit from...

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