Aug 082014

Tweet Last week, I asked you all to suggest changes to Friday now that Recycle Friday has died a merciful death. And for the most part, y’all DIDN’T GIVE ME SQUAT. Okay, that’s a lie. Holy Potato came up with the only good idea, telling me to cut posting down a day. So that’s what I’m doing. Originally, I started doing the Dump on the weekends, since there wasn’t a whole lot of PF related content published on the weekends. And, a few years later, there still isn’t. I thought Read More [...]

Aug 032014

Tweet So you think you’re some sort of serious investor now, and this blog isn’t quite giving you all the information you need. Where exactly should you go to get the info that’ll give you the upper hand? Besides the sites I link to every week, of course. Here are a few ideas, most of which I read every single day. Seeking Alpha – The biggest site on the internet dedicated to analysis on individual stocks, publishing up to 100 new articles a day. I’d say there’s a little too 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 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 062014

Tweet Oh, that title will make sense in about 6 paragraphs, and spoiler alert, it might be the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. In the investment world, a lot gets talked about when it comes to investing in companies with a certain competitive advantage. Thanks to Warren Buffett, value investors often refer to this competitive advantage as a moat. As an example, Canada’s telecom companies have a huge moat. If we actually got a 4th national wireless player, this company would have to spend billions of dollars just to get Read More [...]

Jun 292014

Tweet Let’s talk a little about the stock market and how it just won’t stop. It’s like that one rave I went to and everyone was on E! They just wouldn’t stop doing whatever it is people on E! do, like sitting  down and rationally discuss issues affecting the world today. That seems nice. Yesterday, I came across this tweet. 25 Worst Quarterly U.S. GDP Prints In History (see if you can spot the outlier) — J. Lyons Fund Mgmt. (@JLyonsFundMgmt) June 28, 2014 I know that weather was Read More [...]

Jun 222014

Tweet I wrote about this before, but let me reiterate. North American governments might as well legalize marijuana. Legalizing the herb would have all sorts of advantages. Our courts and jails are clogged with cases based on unnecessarily harsh marijuana laws, which would free up police efforts which could be put to greater use elsewhere. Having corporations or individuals grow the plant would take millions of currently illegal earnings and make them taxable. Plus, the government could stick a tax on every ounce sold, just like with smokes and booze. Read More [...]

Jun 152014

Tweet I’m surprised I even have the time to write this, since it might be the best sports weekend in the history of ever. I’m only a casual soccer fan (never football, dammit), so I don’t have a whole lot of experience to draw upon, but HOLY MOLY this World Cup has been bananas so far. Costa Rica took out Uruguay yesterday, in what was a very satisfying result. Same thing with my new favorite team, The Netherlands. Yeah, I bought a cheap jersey at Costco and now I’ve decided Read More [...]

Jun 082014

Tweet While browsing the Reddit the other day (I’m up over 100 points! I’m good at the internet!), I came across a post about some guy’s video game room. He apparently took $32k and turned his bedroom into a really awesome 1980s type arcade. Here are some pictures: (Here’s a link in case it the embed doesn’t work on your screen) It’s pretty cool, but I can’t help but to think what a gigantic waste the whole exercise is. How many games of Punch-Out and Ms. Pac-Man can the guy Read More [...]

Jun 012014

Tweet I don’t normally get HGTV as part of my cable package, but it’s been part of a free preview lately, so I’ve been watching a few shows. Something they show a lot is a show called Love It or List It. The show features a couple, living an a house that, for whatever reason has been determined to be terrible. They get a Realtor and an interior designer in, and they compete to either find the couple a new house, or redesign the current place to be a little Read More [...]