Jul 112014

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 Hey, you all want to save a lot of money on your satellite TV, right? If you just answered no, I’m pretty sure you’re a communist. I will tell the U.S. government in the 1950s, and you’ll GO DOWN. You’ve all probably heard that there are internet options for TV. Like, did you know, that various networks will put their latest season Read More [...]

Jul 102014

Tweet It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to read words from somebody much more pleasant than your’s truly, Vanessa. She talks about millennials and boomerang children, because if there’s one thing the internet doesn’t have enough of, it’s hand wringing about the young people. (credit) One of my favourite things about my new job is that I get to talk to Korean people all day long and see their points of view on various things. This week I sat in on a conversation class ran by my American colleague and Read More [...]

Jul 092014

Tweet Yesterday, we talked a little about how high interest loans weren’t the worst thing in the world, provided people use those loans for things that are smart, and not just smokes and pixie sticks. I’M ONTO YOU, BIG SUGAR. It was a pretty awesome post, IMO, and you all probably swooned a little after reading it. Well, you’d better have a fainting couch nearby, because your ass is gonna be sprawled out on it by the time you’re done eyeballin’ these words. So let’s assume you have a killer Read More [...]

Jul 082014

Tweet You know how people with crummy credit end up paying more to finance most anything, like a car or a house? There are all sorts of subprime lenders specializing in lending to both kinds of borrowers. Take, for example, Carfinco (TSX:CFN), a Canadian subprime auto lender who is willing to give money to most anyone the dealership rejects. In exchange for lending you a few thousand bucks needed to buy some wheels, they’re going to charge you a pretty high interest rate. Okay, really high. Like 2-3%… a month. At Read More [...]

Jul 072014

Tweet It’s a little different version of recycle Friday today. Back in late 2011, I took a look at 15 stocks that gave investors a more than 10% dividend. I did zero research besides using a stock screener and typing some words into a laptop which probably had porn open on another tab. I was a sad little man back then. Now? I’m a sad larger man. I thought it might be fun to see how these investments did, and whether stretching for yield was worth it. Let’s take a boo. 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 [...]

Jul 052014

Tweet Seeing how markets everywhere are more expensive than a senior citizen dating a 20-something, I’ve come to a conclusion. I can’t find anything to buy. There are certain pockets of value in certain sectors, and with certain companies, but they’re few and far between. I continue to like Rogers Sugar, which I’ve held for years. I bought in almost a decade ago now, at prices about $1 less than today’s, collecting that sweet 10% dividend the whole time (see what I did there?). If I didn’t already own a Read More [...]

Jul 042014

Tweet This is one of my favorite posts of all time, back 3(!) years ago. A lot of you haven’t seen it. That changes today.  Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and launch your own product, leveraging the success of your blog into untold riches. Your potential for future earnings is basically limitless. After all, everybody is on the internet, even Nelson’s Grandma.  If you can just sell one e-book to everyone, you’ll end up with at least a million dollars in profit. Maybe even more. But, in order to Read More [...]

Jul 032014

Tweet It’s Vanessa’s Thursday post, about a certain country you might be sick of hearing about. Sorry in advance, but not really.  Hello! As you’re reading this, I’ll either be in the air somewhere, or in San Francisco, eager to land in Seoul after the longest flight I’ve ever taken on the biggest plane that I can imagine. Despite moving my entire apartment, sorting through a TON of stuff, packing and repacking my suitcase to a disgustingly tiny 50lbs, someone here at the popular Financial Uproar blog insists that I write a Thursday Read More [...]

Jul 022014

Tweet Over at Motley Fool, where the vast majority of my writing appears, sometimes I wander into the world of airlines. These articles tend to be relatively popular, so let’s see how you guys like them. But first, (obligatory mile high joke). Warren Buffett is your GOD, so let’s see what he has to say about airlines. Investors have poured their money into airlines and airline manufacturers for 100 years with terrible results. It’s been a death trap for investors…Here a durable competitive advantage has proven elusive ever since the days Read More [...]