Jul 152014

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 In just a few days, I get on a small airplane and then a REALLY big airplane to head to some country on the other side of the ocean. You might remember me talking about it about once a week, in a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to make y’all jealous. I can only assume it’s working, since one of you egged my car Read More [...]

Jul 142014

Tweet I turned 31 a couple of weeks ago, meaning I’ve officially completed 30 trips around the sun. I’d like to say those 30 trips were glorious and filled with more life lessons than a decade of manning the patent office with Einstein, but they weren’t. Hell, I probably squandered a whole half dozen of those trips on stupid crap like video games, golf, and learning how to juggle. It took far more hours that I’d care to admit to learn how to throw 3 balls at the same time. Most of my Read More [...]

Jul 132014

Tweet I got a review copy of something called Travel Hacking for Canadians, written by friend of the blog Steven Zussino. I find he usually does pretty good work, so I knew he’d be sending me over something decent. After a few days, I finally got the chance to sit down and have a look at it. I figured I’d spend about 20 minutes giving it the once over, and letting you guys know what I thought. That was two hours ago. Hot damn, that’s a meaty book. Zussino covers Read More [...]

Jul 122014

Tweet I am a big fan of Knorr Sidekicks. Not only can you get them cheap (regularly on sale for a buck), but they’re the perfect size for lunch. You boil some water and milk, throw in the noodles, and BAM! 10 minutes later, you’ve got some tasty noodles. Sometimes, I even mix in some leftover chicken or sausages. I’m like Gordon Ramsey, but without the less swearing. Pretty much all the Knorr Sidekick flavors are pretty good. Because I thought it would be fun, let’s count down the best Knorr Sidekicks flavors. Note: Read More [...]

Jul 112014

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 of shows online? Or that Netflix exists, and that it has all sorts of old shows on it? Oh, you already did? Then can someone explain to 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 [...]