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Jan 282015
 

Tweet Unless you’re the doctor from the moron doctor and dentist story from last week, you probably plan on retiring at some point in the future. Some of you might be interested in doing it at 30, while others are interested in doing it by 70. I’m thinking as life expectancies continue to go up, most of the people reading this will be working into their 70s. Not necessarily because they have to, but because the average life expectancy will approach 100. Even if you can afford to retire at Read More […]

Jan 152015
 

Tweet As they say, history often repeats itself. Hitler is literally being born again as you read this. Try and act surprised in about 40 years. A lot people turn to historical trends when it comes to solving problems. At work, you talk to the old crusty guy who was around back when Agnes was typing up crap on a typewriter. When faced with all sorts of problems, folks under 40 ask their parents because apparently they know it all. Even new parents consult books written by doctors and other Read More […]

Dec 312014
 

Tweet It’s New Year’s Eve Eddie, which is exactly the same as regular Eddie.  Last week (sort of) we were introduced to the three distinct personalities within a small business owner: the Technician, Manager, and Entrepreneur. This was based on Michael Gerber’s immensely popular book The E-Myth Revisited. I espoused the sentiment that once the Technician and Manager roles have been sufficiently cultivated, one should grow and develop the Entrepreneur, which is difficult given the paucity of useful references and the glut of vacuous PF blogs. The Entrepreneur is arguably the Read More […]

Dec 292014
 

Tweet Because those of us who write a lot of stuff are inevitably lazy, you’re likely seeing a lot of 2015 predictions come forth. “Why X stock will be ZOMG in 2015!” “Why oil will continue to be weak in 2015!” “Why Y stock will continue to suck in 2015!” Let me tell you guys a secret. In today’s world of click-baity headlines and short attention spans, most people can’t even be bothered to read an entire 600 word article. The internet is full of so much stuff that we Read More […]

Dec 222014
 

Tweet MAN, THAT TITLE IS BLATANT FALSE ADVERTISING. NOBODY WANTS TO SEE OLD LADY BRA. The joke’s on you. She’s actually 27. It would be a new low for even me to dedicate a blog post just to bras, although I have talked about the economics of getting breast implants and that sluts can teach us lessons about personal finance. I even wrote about the economics of strip clubs, because why not. So maybe it isn’t a new low, just one of many lows. Or highs, depending on your perspective. But Read More […]

Dec 122014
 

Tweet Because, hey, we haven’t had one of these in a while. This might be fun. I’m looking to make money by selling some of my old things. Do you have any suggestions? Phil Look, I’m not opposed to people selling off their unused crap. Lord know that I have enough of it, and I don’t really have much junk. If you ever want a wake up call of just how much unnecessary crap you own, just go live in a foreign country for a while. You’ll realize that you only Read More […]

Dec 102014
 

Tweet It’s Eddie time, yo.  The primary purpose of last week’s Bezos and Skilling allegory is to advance the idea of not just investing in the long term, but to evaluate how you value your time and investments on a personal level.  For example, given you had spare cash to invest, the majority of PF bloggers would espouse one of or a combination of the following: Pay off debt Put it into your emergency fund Invest it in index funds within your RRSP (really advanced ones would suggest you re-invest Read More […]

Dec 052014
 

Tweet Now that my parents are getting to the point where they have more grey hairs than brown, they’ve started making some portfolio adjustments. My Dad’s day job is managing his real estate, and so he’s begun the slow process of selling off some of his property. My Mom has cut back to only working 2-3 days per week, and yet still doesn’t cook me dinner and ship it to Korea. Don’t worry, I’ll get her back at Christmas. But the biggest change, at least for the sake of this Read More […]

Dec 032014
 

Tweet This week’s post is about esoteric investing philosophy and decision-making using two CEOs as comparables. Last week, I wrote that it is necessary to invest strategically, particularly in investments that are difficult to quantify (although I would rephrase that specific point in my last post, the spirit would remain the same).  It is on this point that I would like to explore further this week by using the allegories of current Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling. Jeff Bezos was a New York investment banker Read More […]

Dec 012014
 

Tweet   Financial Uproar: where else can you get totally non-topical pictures of obscure 80s references? In case your head is so far up your own ass that you haven’t been paying attention, the price of oil is getting crushed. After hitting a peak of nearly $110 per barrel in the summer, oil has been falling faster than my self esteem while watching the latest Channing Tatum movie. DAMN HIM AND THOSE PECS. As I type this, the price of a barrel of crude is flirting with $65. That’s bad, Read More […]