Apr 232014
 

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 We have out first reader question, and I mean ever. This is not a call in blog. (Just kidding. I’m happy to answer your questions. Use the contact me tab at the top of the page.) This one is about solar stocks. Hey Nelson, been reading your blog for a long time and like your takeon small cap stocks. I’ve been looking Read More [...]

Apr 222014
 

Tweet There are many things people say that I don’t care for. Here is an incomplete list: Money doesn’t buy happiness. My emergency fund is fully funded! Dividend growth investing is where it’s at! I’m going to buy a condo in Toronto. And finally: I’m truly wealthy. I have a loving family, great friends, etc. Just no money. I have a good life. I have a job I enjoy. I have a girlfriend who (mostly) tolerates my terrible awesome jokes. I regularly stick six-inch subs into my mouth. I get Read More [...]

Apr 212014
 

Tweet Politically, in Canada, whenever somebody with a little bit of power heads out to talk to young’ins, the topic of university tuition inevitably comes up. Youth generally don’t have a whole lot of expenses other than tuition and booze, so it’s a big deal to them. And even if young people aren’t currently in university, most think they’ll end up there some day, since everyone except me has told them it’s the key to success. Related: How buying assets instead of going to college is good. And because those Read More [...]

Apr 202014
 

Tweet I touched on this a couple of weeks ago when I ragged on Coke’s excessive executive compensation plan, but I really think investing in Coke is pretty much the epitome of what’s wrong with the retail investor. I see the same arguments thrown out there every week. Coke is a world class business. Coke is loved by millions. Coke has predictable cash flows, and so on. And most importantly, every consumer on the planet is familiar with the brand. I get all that. And I wouldn’t be opposed to Read More [...]

Apr 182014
 

Tweet There are approximately 700 old posts in my archives, each bigger and badder than the last. So every Friday, I’m going to present one of those old ones instead of something new. Enjoy, new readers. Old readers can go straight to hell.  Frankly, a full 99% of frugality tips on the internet are crap. Buy store brands and don’t drink lattes? NOBODY HAS EVER THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE. And yet, there are still all sorts of blogs (with way, way, more visitors than mine, dammit) that continue to spew these Read More [...]

Apr 172014
 

Tweet These days, it’s probably the best time in history to be born without a penis. Women are free to choose any path they’d like, a privilege really only granted over the last generation. Women can have all the casual relations they’d like, with minimal consequences. Women are buying houses and making all sorts of other large decisions without having a partner. A woman is more likely to have a university education. And so on. And yet, we still have a gender pay gap. Only 5% of the 500 largest Read More [...]

Apr 152014
 

Tweet I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My grandparents on my mother’s side of the family own a business. My parents own a business, even though it’s my dad who does all the work. My sister owns a business and you could even argue this blog is a business, albeit a kinda crappy one. If I wanted to work in the family business, I’d have plenty of choices. And yet, I’ve neglected to be involved in all of them. I help out every now and again, mostly to Read More [...]

Apr 142014
 

Tweet What is? A fund? Sounds fun. I’m here all week. Because I’M IN VEGAS SUCKAS. (Gets drunk, tackles a cop, everyone laughs because it’s Vegas) Just in time for the market to melt down completely, it’s the Financial Uproar fund, which I really should call the FU fund. Nah, that seems a little offensive. So the Uproar fund it is. The fund is simple. It starts out with $100,000, all in cash. Positions are added as I buy stocks in real life. I can’t cherry pick and choose investments Read More [...]

Apr 132014
 

Tweet Probably about the time you’ll read this, I’ll be on my annual vacation to Las Vegas. This is either my fourth or fifth visit to Sin City, because if I lack anything, it’s imagination. I’ve already looked at the forecast, and it’s going to be above 30 degrees every day I’m going to be there. That’s the main reason why I’m going to be there. There are people who get a little excited about vacationing, talking about how visiting Europe or Central America or whatever changed their lives, who Read More [...]

Apr 122014
 

Tweet Oh hey, it’s the weekend, and you’re probably looking to go sip some sort of alcoholic beverage, with your feet up, sans pants. Good for you, slugger. You slacked off on the internet worked hard to push some widgets this week, and you deserve this weekend. But is this what you do with your spare time? The Masters is on. Fred Couples might win. Probably not, but he might. Let’s get this finished and get you back watching sports, what God intended. Unless you’re reading this on Monday, in which Read More [...]