Jul 282014
 

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to get stock tips or have investing ideas delivered to your email. I’m also on The Twitter.Thanks for visiting!Tweet Because apparently all I invest in is retailers, the newest stock in the Uproar Fund is Danier Leather (TSX:DL). Danier Leather is Canada’s leading retailer of leather outerwear, accessories, handbags, etc. The company has 90 locations, split between malls and dedicated buildings it refers to as “power centers.” Approximately 2/3rds of revenue comes from shopping mall locations, while 1/3rd comes from power Read More [...]

Jul 272014
 

Tweet Now that I’ve been in the country a few days, I’ve noticed a few things about the land of Korea (AKA Japan’s bitch). Here’s the lowdown, just in case you ever come and join me. That’s not an invitation, dammit. I was told before I left that folks would stare at me in the subway, like I was some sort of weirdo type foreign guy. This happened a bit (especially with young kids, they love foreigners), but what really struck me was how a lot of the older generation Read More [...]

Jul 262014
 

Tweet There are a few things I miss about Canada, now that I’m an intrepid world traveler hanging out in the land of kimchi and singing appliances. I miss all the Canadian food. My tummy isn’t so happy after a lot of Korean food. (I think it’s a shrimp/crab thing, which I’m allergic to. The internet says seafood is used as a base here a lot.) It’s hotter than the surface of the sun here. I miss being able to go outside without sweating my ass off. And I miss Read More [...]

Jul 252014
 

Tweet Everyone wants to be a better investor, right? I’d probably rather be a better lover, but there’s no improving upon perfection. Or maybe I should improve my baseball throwing technique. ARE YOU SAYING I THROW LIKE A GIRL? It’s not my fault. My Dad can barely throw overhand. It’s true. He was a softball pitcher when he was younger, because apparently they wouldn’t let him play on the boys’ team. Forget baseball. We’re talking about investing. Becoming a better investor should be the goal of everyone who takes the Read More [...]

Jul 242014
 

Tweet It’s Thursday, which means it’s Vanessa time. Hey, at least somebody is writing in this thing.  If you read quality academic studies of economies under dictatorships, you’ll find that the economy generally falters. However, in the entirely unscientific survey that I took with my English class, 3/4 people think that the best way to grow an economy is by having an authoritative leader. THAT’S 75% OF ALL KOREANS! #stats “Surely she must be joking!” you’re all saying. “Dictators have terrible human right violation records and democracy is A+!” Yes, well, Read More [...]

Jul 222014
 

Tweet Because I am the opposite of cool, I used to spend more hours than I’d care to admit watching Star Trek. Oh lord, I can’t believe I admitted that to the whole internet. That sound you hear? That’s my girlfriend frantically packing her bags so she can leave forever. Can’t say I blame her. Time for an impromptu ranking of my favorite Treks? Don’t mind if I do. The Original Series – Shatner is kind of annoying, and the special effects are lame. Grade: B- The Next Generation – Read More [...]

Jul 212014
 

Tweet If you’re any kind of investor, you’ve got both Canadian and U.S. stocks. Having all your assets tied up in Canada is silly. What happens when Quebec finally gets the bomb? You know those crazy poutine eaters won’t hesitate to nuke Alberta and then try to ride in and take the oil. They won’t succeed because MURICA will beat their asses to it, but still. It’s fun that they try. Of course, the real reason why you shouldn’t have all your investments in Canadian dollars is because our economy Read More [...]

Jul 202014
 

Tweet Well kids, it’s official. Remember that thing I’ve been talking about off and on for the last two months (plug time? YOU KNOW IT) that you’re probably really tired of? Well, you’re in luck. Because as your eyeballs move across the screen, my eyeballs will be thirty-some thousand feet in the air. And the rest of me too, I suppose. My flight was leaving early in the morning, so I was just going to pull an all-nighter at the airport, which is probably at least in the top 5 Read More [...]

Jul 182014
 

Tweet Let me start this post with a statement that even the dullest of you can get behind. Playing the lottery is a colossally bad idea. Say you’re playing Canada’s most popular lottery, Lotto 6-49. As the namesake implies, you’d have to match the six chosen numbers out of the first 49 numbers to win the grand prize. Usually this grand prize ranges from a couple million bucks to occasionally 50 million or more. Since the Canadian government is kind enough not to tax lottery winners, the lucky moron who picked Read More [...]

Jul 172014
 

Tweet Vanessa is off today. She’ll be back next week. You guys must think that I’ve officially gone off the deep end. Yesterday I tell you about a mutual fund manager who hammers the market on a regular basis, and today I talk about investing in mutual funds. But you’ve always assumed mutual funds are bad. That’s what the couch potato guy told you, and you all listen to him like he’s some sort of person to be worshipped, like that all powerful ape on the planet of said animals. Read More [...]