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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 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 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 032015

Tweet If you asked 100 people the same question, you’d have a terrible game shot hosted by Steve Harvey’s very white and large teeth. But if you asked 100 people what their biggest fear is about getting older, I’d be willing to bet that running out of money would be pretty high on the list, as well as “diabetes,” and “crapping one’s self.” God, I never want to get old. So we encourage people to save and save and then save some more, even going as far as telling them Read More […]

Jul 312015

Tweet If you were anything like me in 2010-11, you were probably single, eating a lot of chips, and spending more time in Wal-Mart than your average slack-jawed yokel. Ah, what a time to be alive. I kind of miss those days, except for the not single part. You were also probably predicting a sharp increase in interest rates would be coming, and soon too. The U.S. economy was well on the road to recovery, yet the bankers at the Federal Reserve were pumping money into the system at an unprecedented Read More […]

Jul 292015

Tweet Ladies, I’m going to talk about baseball for a couple of paragraphs. HEY. I SAW THAT LOOK. Don’t worry, it’ll be over soon. Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays made headlines by agreeing to acquire Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins were sent to Toronto for three pitching prospects, including one that was the 9th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Jose Reyes was also shipped to Colorado in the deal. What made the Tulowitzki trade interesting is it was pretty much the opposite of Read More […]

Jul 272015

Tweet But wait, Nelson. You’re a value investor. Hell, you even have a whole blog dedicated to value investing. The whole point of value investing is exploiting an inefficient market.  How can you say with a straight face that the the whole notion of market inefficiency is just a myth? Have you pulled an Andrew Hallam and decided to go to the world of indexing once and for all? Oh please, just tell us and stop with this introduction that’s going on way too long!!!! Geez, relax straw man. Have you tried Read More […]