Category Archive: Education

Oct 24

Can you beat the index?

We’ve often been told that 75% of professional money managers fail to consistantly beat the index, so what chance does “the little guys” like you and me have of making money in the market. While there are advantages that money managers have, there are several reasons why I think an individual can do better than actively …

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Jul 17

The price of profiteering

You’ve probably heard about the drought in Alberta. It’s a legitimate concern for many people as crop production is way down over last year. For some, this has been seen as an opportunity for profit, big profit. Unfortunately, this short term profiteering could have long term consequences. First off, let me say that you need to …

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Jun 19

Know thyself

One of the questions I’m often asked is… If I buy your book, do you guarantee I’ll be rich? to which I answer… No, if you buy my book I guarantee you’ll be $25 poorer. My book, like every other “how to” book ever written can’t make you rich, because nothing anyone says or shows …

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Mar 05

Investing professionally

I was having lunch the other day with a friend. We got to talking about our kids and his son, who is about to enter university is contemplating careers. One of the things his son was thinking about was becoming a professional real estate investor. Ultimately, it sounds like the dream career…not a lot of …

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Dec 19

The falling market trap…

Real estate in Canada has been overpriced for years, but recently has seen some softening. This can lead novice investors into a trap which can cause them to lose a lot of money. Over the past year, I’ve seen real estate prices tumble. When it first started, I was able to pick up a couple …

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Nov 21

What really caused the real estate meltdown, and why it will happen again

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve know how real estate crashed in the United States a few years back. When you look at the headlines, you’d think it had to do with all the sub-prime mortgages that were being handed out, lending more than the value of the home, or the …

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Oct 12

The little known truth about CMHC

Most people have heard, or probably gotten, insurance from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation or one of the other private insurers out there. Most people think that, should their property go into default (foreclosure), that the mortgage would be paid out from this policy and everyone would leave fairly happy. To some extent that …

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Sep 05

Junior Monopoly – Future Success

The other day, my three girls were playing junior monopoly. About halfway through the game one, the oldest, ran out of money. My middle daughter suggested she sell some of her properties to get some more. My oldest declined. Soon one of the others landed on her property and she got some cash back, and …

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Aug 21

Invest in yourself

Every time the conversation turns to investing, it seems the question turns up… What should I invest in? The plain and simple answer to that question is, yourself. I don’t mean to be flippant about it, but let’s look at reality here…who knows you better than yourself? Even if you told me about your savings, …

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Jul 09

Conversion rates

Ever wonder how many people who attend a “life changing seminar” ever actually change? What kind of “return on investment” drives all those late night infomercials and seminars? Well, the truth is, all these ads you see to change your life work on less than a 2% conversion rate. That doesn’t mean that 2% of …

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