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No joke—I think I just cracked a rib running! 3

No joke—I think I just cracked a rib running!

Smoothly picking up speed, I glided down the running track earlier today, approaching a pace that I figured was equivalent to a 6 minute mile. That was the goal:  to run a 6 minute mile. After one lap, I doubled...

The Biggest Losers Beat The Olympians Out of the Blocks 4

The Biggest Losers Beat The Olympians Out of the Blocks

Readers:  Thank you for putting together the worst portfolio you could think of. I asked you to put together a collection of stocks that you thought were utterly hopeless.  Of course, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure….but the bottom...

The Losers are Winning! 14

The Losers are Winning!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve asked readers to give me the names of the worst stocks they know. I tossed this group of degenerates into a heap–creating a single portfolio out of them yesterday. I...

We still need 15 ‘Lousy’ Stocks — Can you pick a loser? 11

We still need 15 ‘Lousy’ Stocks — Can you pick a loser?

Can a bunch of 350 pound runners really keep up with Olympic athletes?   The answer to that question, of course, is “no”–not if each group is relying on their own two feet.  But in the mysterious world of finance...

Olympians vs The Biggest Losers 17

Olympians vs The Biggest Losers

You wouldn’t call it “sporting” would you? If you selected the world’s top 10,000 meter runners and pitted them in a 10K running race against a slew of prospective contestants in the hit television series, The Biggest Loser, we know...

Canadians – Do RSPs always make sense? 11

Canadians – Do RSPs always make sense?

To start, I want to add that your comments will probably allow plenty of people (me included) to learn something.  After reading this entry, I’d love to hear your comments.  I might, after all, be completely out to lunch with...

Why Doesn’t Fairfax Financial Keep Pace? 2

Why Doesn’t Fairfax Financial Keep Pace?

Does anyone know why Fairfax Financial’s market value (FFH-T) has not kept pace with its book value? From what I can gather, it looks like an amazing business. Selling at book value, if you buy it, you get a company...

My beef with Canadian brokerages 1

My beef with Canadian brokerages

As a financial consultant, I work with clients using a variety of discount brokerage services. And if I can be so brash—they’re awful. Simpy awful. Discount brokerage accounts fail the average investor because they don’t answer the simplest of questions:...

Can Anyone Find Index-Beating Mutual Funds?  Maybe! 2

Can Anyone Find Index-Beating Mutual Funds? Maybe!

Roughly 95% of investors are either financially uneducated, or they believe they can find needles in haystacks.  The financially uneducated ones give their money to financial advisors who typically invest their hard-earned money in actively managed mutual funds.  The investors...

Falling Markets and Unmasking Jim Cramer 1

Falling Markets and Unmasking Jim Cramer

The U.S. and International markets have dropped, on average, roughly 5.5% over the past 5 days. …more info! The five day chart shows the emerging markets (EEM) accounting for countries like China, Brazil, India, Thailand, have dropped 6.5% in just...

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