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Feb 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 A couple of weeks ago, the Bank of Canada surprised the market by cutting interest rates a quarter of a percent, setting the overnight rate at 0.75%. In response, Canada’s banks sat on their hands for a while and then begrudgingly cut prime from 3% to 2.85%, and only after Royal Bank was the first to do so. Banks: they’re bigger lemmings Read More […]

Feb 042015
 

Tweet You’ve never heard of Grace Groner? Geez, what’s wrong with you? I SAID GRONER, NOT GROANER. No, that joke’s not a groaner. It’s a moaner. Anyhoo, here’s the story on Grace Groner. She was born in 1907, and was orphaned when she was 12, probably because her old man caught syphilis. Some nice guy in town took her and her sister in, and paid for them to go to college. Both ladies graduated in 1931, right when I’m sure job prospects were swell. In 1935, Grace bought 3 shares Read More […]

Feb 022015
 

Tweet There’s a large subsection of the Canadian population who believe that the Canada Pension Plan won’t be around when it’s time for them to retire. Thus, retirement projections for years have told people to save enough so CPP isn’t needed. But is that really prudent? On the one hand, it’s smart to plan for all sorts of contingencies. There are going to be all sorts of curveballs that come up in your life between now and crapping your pants in a nursing home, and having extra money is a Read More […]

Feb 012015
 

Tweet I have a feeling most of you won’t be reading this blog between the hours of 4pm and 8pm (MST). Because that’s when the SUPOER BOWL IS ON BABY. Will Brady and his deflated balls run past the Seahawks? Will Marshawn Lynch actually say anything if the ‘Hawks emerge victorious? And most importantly, will YOUR BOY Nelly be able to stream the game in South Korea? Don’t fret little ones. I have already secured a (hopefully) dependable online stream, and my alarm is set for 8:00am local time for Read More […]

Jan 302015
 

Tweet (Image credit) Recently, our BOY PK from Don’t Quit Your Day Job bought an interesting article to my attention, about some Toronto-based homebuyers who got “screwed” buying a pre-sale condo. And by “screwed”, I mean “the builder exercised his legal rights.” Back in 2011, buddy decided to put down $40,000 on a 1 bedroom (plus den, AKA sex dungeon) condo in downtown Toronto. Construction ground to a halt, apparently because the builder couldn’t get financing. It sounds as though the building is still going up, but will end up Read More […]

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 262015
 

Tweet Well kids, you knew the day would come. I’m leaving you all forever to hunt tigers in the Peruvian jungle. Are there even tigers in that particular jungle? I don’t know. I’m not much of a details guy. Okay, that’s not true. I’m not leaving you guys. Financial Uproar will continue to be here on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (sometimes weekends too!), but in a slightly different form than before. Here’s the deal: there are plenty of people who enjoy coming here for the personal finance stuff, but just Read More […]

Jan 232015
 

Tweet Normally when it comes to the world of investing, YOUR BOY Nelly follows a similar pattern. Finds undervalued stock Does research, including writing down my thoughts for y’all Buys some, but also keeps some dry powder just in case it drops more Patiently twiddles thumbs until it goes up Sell when it hits the target price Step 4 is the hard part, since it often takes years before a stock starts to go up. Remember Reitmans, the stock I’ve been talking about since May of 2013? It was basically dead Read More […]

Jan 212015
 

Tweet Every week, the Globe and Mail features some family in need of financial planning advice. The submissions are usually pretty straightforward. Retirement questions are common, especially trying to figure out if a couple has enough to make it happen. Younger folks generally ask about buying a house, especially in overvalued markets like Toronto or Vancouver. And so on. But last week’s submission takes the cake. It is the greatest thing I have ever read. No time for more preamble, there’s a lot of mocking up ahead. (Edit: it has Read More […]

Jan 192015
 

Tweet Because hey, we haven’t done one of these in a while. I’ve had a busy last few weeks, heading back from Korea to Canada to see the family, take care of a few things, and mostly to skirt Korean immigration laws. FINE KOREA I’LL LEAVE WHEN YOU WANT ME TO GEEZ. It’s a good think you have the power to punish me. If you ever have the longing desire to feel wanted, go back home after being gone for a few months, especially if you still have lots of Read More […]