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Aug 282015

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 Here at the ol’ FU machine, we’re big fans of passive income. And by we, I really mean me and my 14 imaginary friends. One went back in time to kill Hitler. His name is, ironically, Adolf. There are quite a few ways you can generate a stream of passive income. Probably the most popular is to buy a stream of steady Read More […]

Aug 262015

Tweet HELLO, STOCK VOLATILITY. Over the last couple of days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been more up and down than your average neighborhood crackhead. All sorts of things have been blamed for the volatility, from China’s hilariously inept efforts to deal with the implosion of stock markets there, to all the high frequency traders that sell everything immediately once some algorithm kicks in. But really, it’s God’s fault. He simply doesn’t want you to be rich. He’s seen what you do under the covers, and does not approve. Anyhoo, Read More […]

Aug 242015

Tweet Here at the ol’ FU machine (which is capable of love and hate, FYI), we like to do little experiments. There was that time I tried to figure out if you could blindly pick the worst performing dividend aristocrats and outperform the market, and then there was that time I told y’all to just stop buying train tickets, which are totally similar enough to mention in the same sentence. So yeah, Einstein, I think I know a thing or two about experiments. Don’t you have a baby to make Read More […]

Aug 212015

Tweet Last week, I interviewed Donald Trump, and the week before I interviewed Kevin O’Leary. In the finale of the interview series, I sat down with Generic Debt Blogger, who has a (mostly) neglected Twitter account, and once did a guest post here at Financial Uproar.   Nelson: Generic Debt Blogger, thanks for joining us on the interview series. Do you have an actual name, or should I call you GDB? GDB: My name is Madison. Or Piper. Or Lena. Think of the most derivative name you remember from college, and I Read More […]

Aug 192015

Tweet If you’ve been paying attention to the world of personal finance on the interwebz, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about robo-advisors, which are, depending on your perspective, either the greatest thing since flush toilets or the actual literal spawn from Satan’s seed. First, let’s take a look at what the hell a robo-advisor is, and then we’ll talk about whether they’re all that or not. Well, I’ll talk. You’ll do that thing where you listen, but with your eyes. What’s a robo-advisor? Ever since the days of Read More […]

Aug 172015

Tweet You’d think this would be common sense, but I see so many people who are constantly screwing this up. If you talk to any financial advisor, most PF bloggers, or the bottom of my shoe, they’ll all tell you the same thing. As you get older, you should become more conservative in your investments. Most will recommend you take your age and subtract it by 100 or 110 to get the proper bond allocation. If you’re 55, then you’re looking at being between 45 and 55% in bonds. If Read More […]

Aug 142015

Tweet Last week, I treated y’all to an interview with one of the most polarizing figures in the finance community, Kevin O’Leary. And before that, I interviewed the most legendary investor of all time, Warren Buffett. Continuing the interview series is Donald Trump, infamous real estate developer, star of The Apprentice on NBC, and current Republican presidential candidate. Nelson: Donald, thanks for taking the time today. How’s life on the campaign trail? Donald: Nelson, do you know how exhausting it is to blame the Mexicans for absolutely everything? It’s so tiring Read More […]

Aug 122015

Tweet I was recently introduced to a pretty cool concept called tax loss harvesting. It’s not nearly as cool as me in a leather jacket with my hair slicked back (ONE AT A TIME LADIES), but hey. We all gotta start somewhere. Let’s take a closer look. The skinny One of the most underrated skills in running a portfolio is using tax losses. Tax loss selling doesn’t get much attention because most investors don’t have much at all outside of their RRSPs and TFSAs, which means it’s all but useless Read More […]

Aug 102015

Tweet I was recently dealing with a local business. The name of the business doesn’t matter. Hell, even the line of business it’s in doesn’t matter. It can be the Generic Debt Blogger of the business world and still be good enough for the purpose of this post. Financial Uproar: mailing it in since the last time I made this very same joke. I went to this business, with the intent of giving them money. I’ve been there many times before, so we chatted about a few things. I probably Read More […]

Aug 072015

Tweet Approximately 18 months ago, Warren Buffett was kind enough to sit down with an interview with me. It did not end well. Undaunted, I decided to re-open this series. Today’s guest is Kevin O’Leary.  Nelson: Today’s guest is Kevin O’Leary, former software mogul, current BNN commentator and one of the sharks on the hit ABC series Shark Tank. Kevin is also a regular guest on CNBC, and loves wine so much that he’s recently started his own wine label. He’s also kind enough to include a stock pick for Read More […]