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High School Investing Student Reveals How Plumbers Could Grow Richer Than Doctors 6

High School Investing Student Reveals How Plumbers Could Grow Richer Than Doctors

One of my personal finance students, Lane Peeler, downloaded a screencast on youtube showing how a plumber could end up far wealthier than a doctor. It was an Opportunity Cost project where students considered the long term costs between two...

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Real Leaders TV Interview

I had an enjoyable interview with Rohan Rajiv, for his Real Leaders blog.   We talked about spending, investing, reading, television, exercise and a general philosophy on life. You can access it here. 

Are We Afraid of China Or Is China Afraid Of Us? 3

Are We Afraid of China Or Is China Afraid Of Us?

 Many people fear China’s capacity to economically take over the world. But I see things differently. Instead, China represent a few billion future customers for our brands. The west will profit from China. Here’s the Assetbuilder article that supports my...

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Can Experts Predict The Stock Market’s Direction?

It makes sense that the world’s fastest growing economies produce the best stock returns.  But what “makes sense” doesn’t always align with reality. Consider China for a moment.  In my book, Millionaire Teacher, I provided a table (pg. 148) demonstrating...

Why Millionaire Teacher Had $370,000 in Berkshire Hathaway Stock 2

Why Millionaire Teacher Had $370,000 in Berkshire Hathaway Stock

Why did I once hold $370,000 USD in Berkshire Hathaway stock?   I explain why, for The Globe and Mail here   

Revisiting Fundamental Index Funds 10

Revisiting Fundamental Index Funds

I have a weakness for fundamental indexes. No, I don’t own any…at least not yet. But philosophically, I agree with their premise. Recently, I wrote a Globe and Mail article about them, and based on Canadian-listed comparisons, they stacked up...

Vanguard Canada Adds Five New Funds To The Mix 5

Vanguard Canada Adds Five New Funds To The Mix

Vanguard Canada offers five new exchange traded funds to the Toronto Stock Exchange.   As I’ve said here in the Globe and Mail, they’re definitely worth considering:   Read the Article  

The Permanent Portfolio That Defies Speculation 9

The Permanent Portfolio That Defies Speculation

Here’s an investment strategy that always looks foolish, regardless of market conditions. But ironically, it has always worked. I wrote this article for the Globe and Mail.  

Why The Baby Boomers’ Children Should Hope For Falling Stock Prices 10

Why The Baby Boomers’ Children Should Hope For Falling Stock Prices

Women aspiring to run the Boston marathon train to meet a qualifying standard.  Before 1972, they had to do so much more. Barred from entering, they often cross-dressed for the interloping occasion with fake mustaches, capped heads, and compressed chests....

With U.S. Stocks On A Tear, Our Index Investor Finally Makes A Trade 15

With U.S. Stocks On A Tear, Our Index Investor Finally Makes A Trade

This might sound crazy, but I don’t want to see my indexes rise in value. My Vanguard U.S. stock market index has gained an irritating 22 per cent in Canadian dollars; Vanguard’s FTSE Developed Market ETF has also misbehaved, gaining 15 per cent.  To...

A Different Profile This Time:  Looking For Expats to Estimate Their Future Retirement Costs 1

A Different Profile This Time: Looking For Expats to Estimate Their Future Retirement Costs

I’m looking for a non-American, non-Singapore based expat (individual or couple) to interview for a book I’m writing on Financial Freedom for Expats.  The book begins by asking readers to consider how much money they feel they would need annually...

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