Category Archive: Investing

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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Jun 23

What did you expect?

We’ve all heard the stats…75% of money managers fail to beat the market, yet we continue to pour more money into them. I often get asked by others to help them find a place, buy some stocks, or start a business…which usually turns into “can you just do it all for me”. We as a …

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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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Jul 24

A key to success – smell the roses

When people look at my background (multiple business owner, self employed, investor, real estate, family, volunteering, etc) they tend to assume I’m a very busy person. The media is full of the “you must commit every moment of your day to achieve success” message. When I started, that was probably fairly true, I worked quite …

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Jun 02

Too much information

As an owner of a design company, you have to own a lot of fonts. When I started out, I had hundreds, if not thousands. Over the years, I’ve acquired many more to the point that I now have over 25,000. Some people may think this is a good thing but, in reality, it’s more …

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Jan 31

15 years to overnight success

A friend of ours recently came by for a visit. They are interested in starting their own business, and inspired by our apparent success. It’s very easy to look at our life and think it’s easy to duplicate. The truth is, we’re not even close to an overnight success. Business and investing is not a …

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May 03

REITs

I’m not a big fan of REITs. Many people think that investing in REITs is the same as buying properties without the headaches of having to deal with tenants, banks, etc. The returns seem to be pretty good, when compared to stocks, or GICs but, in reality, the owners of the REITs are making a …

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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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