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Mar 062015

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 I’ve got a bunch of random thoughts that aren’t enough for a full post each. So instead, you get a hodgepodge of assorted crap loosely related to money/investing/whatever is going through my noggin. Avert the children’s eyes, it’s gonna get feisty. — I was on a bus today from Hiroshima to Fukuoka, a fact I put in just so you’ll get jealous Read More […]

Mar 042015

Tweet You ever meet one of those guys who claims they’re all about reading, when they’re really just about the size of their book collection? I hate those guys more than a vegan hates delicious. Plus, they’re doing it all wrong. They should be renting books, not buying them. Books are the absolute perfect thing to rent. The vast majority of the time, you’ll buy a book, read it, and then it’ll never be heard from again. It’ll go on your bookshelf, acting as a constant reminder that you have Read More […]

Mar 022015

Tweet Congratulations, procrastinator. You’ve officially slacked it enough that you have exactly 7 hours to make a RRSP contribution, and on the industry’s busiest day of the year to boot. That’s like waiting until Christmas Eve to buy your kid the hot new toy. Not that your kid deserves it, I’ve seen her on the playground. (NOT IN THAT WAY GEEZ) Still, not your smartest move. It’s important to make the deadline because of the tax implications. If you get your contribution in by the end of the day today, Read More […]

Mar 012015

Tweet Like some of you reading this, I waited with some anticipation for Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders. Time zones worked out nicely for me this year; I was able to read it at 10PM in Korea, making it the perfect end to an otherwise productive day of playing Command and Conquer Red Alert against some random guys from Finland. Here’s the letter if you’re interested and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Maybe it’s because I recently re-read The Snowball, but I didn’t find Buffett’s wisdom all that Read More […]

Feb 252015

Tweet Even in 2015, just about every newscast, online story, or random mutterings (my favorite kind of mutterings) about the general stock market always starts off with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, usually followed up by the S&P 500, and then the Nasdaq Composite. Although the S&P 500 index fund (NYSE:SPY) dwarfs the size of the equivalent Dow Jones product (NYSE:DIA) to the tune of a $194 billion market cap to $12 billion, the Dow is still the goto index. People still talk about the Dogs of the Dow as Read More […]

Feb 232015

Tweet Allow me to start off this post with a sweeping statement on gender equality politics, something that has never been a bad idea in the history of ever. The only reason why Men’s Rights is a thing is because Feminism has become a parody of itself. Feminism ran out of real issues years ago, so now they focus on stupid crap like manspreading, “mansplaining”, and pushing campus rape statistics that don’t even hold up to rational thought, let alone any empirical research. And while we’re at it, LOL at Read More […]

Feb 202015

Tweet Oh, what a portfolio it was. When I completed the Financial Uproar borrowing to invest portfolio, it was literally the greatest thing in the history of mankind. Angels sang in the heavens. Republicans and Democrats stopped fighting to collectively praise it. Jim Cramer FELL TO HIS KNEES and praised Allah. He’s Muslim, who knew? I promised quarterly updates on the thing, so here it is. Yeah, I know it hasn’t been exactly a quarter yet, but I was looking for something to write about today and it seemed like Read More […]

Feb 182015

Tweet Congratulations, you’ve finally kicked off the shackles of investing in mutual funds and are going to go the ETF route. Go ahead and give yourself a hug and maybe a little kiss in celebration. But no tongue, that’s weird. Because apparently paying less than 0.5% per year in fees isn’t cheap enough for you, let’s talk about all the online brokerages where you can get commission free ETFs. That’s not only useful for long-term buy and hold investors who are looking to put a few thousand bucks to work Read More […]

Feb 162015

Tweet How many times have you heard something like this? “Here’s how you become a successful investor. You buy a company like McDonalds NO MATTER WHAT THE PRICE, and you hold it for 50 years. I guarantee you’ll be rich. Just look at the last 50 years.” Not only are these people falling victim to hindsight bias, they’re also guilty in assuming the next 50 years for McDonalds (or Coca-Cola, or Philip Morris, or AT&T) are going to be just as great as the last 50. The stock is going Read More […]

Feb 132015

Tweet Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which is great news for those of us in a relationship. If you’re single, I recommend weeping alone and trying not to harm your genitals. Or going out with friends maybe. But for the couples out there, it’s tough to figure out something fun to do that isn’t expensive or cliche. Luckily, the fine folks of this here blog have you covered. I’ve polled all one of our contributors to come up with a great list of cheap (and fun!) Valentine’s Day ideas. 1. Serenade her Read More […]