Category Archive: Stocks, Bonds and RRSPs

Advice for investing in Stocks and Bonds.

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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Nov 02

Signs of a boom

Want a hot tip on what to invest in? Looking for a sure sign it’s time to get out? Have you asked a kid? Should you be buying rentals? Have you checked out the mall and McDonalds, are they hiring? Everyone is down on Apple these days, yet my kids and their friends aren’t asking …

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May 21

Buy low…

You often hear the mantra “buy low, sell high”. It’s a great idea, which people rarely follow. It’s not convenient usually. I try to follow this idea of buying low andnever selling. It takes away 50% of the gamble at least. In real estate, following this idea can be tough, especially over the past decade …

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May 15

Facebook’s IPO

Well, it looks like friday will see the “IPO of the Year”, unless Facebook changes it’s mind again. Will this be a life altering day? Probably, if you already hold Facebook shares and can cash out during the feeding frenzy that’s predicted to occur. If, on the other hand, you are one of the “sharks” …

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May 08

Safely Increasing Returns

A few years back, you could have picked up Bank of Montreal (BMO) for as low as $24/share. This stock pays a dividend of $2.80/share, but hasn’t increased it’s dividend in a while. Now 10-12% return on a safe stock is nothing to sneeze at, especially in today’s ultra low interest rates, but what if …

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Mar 19

Things that make you go “hmmm”

Today, Apple announced it would be spending some of the nearly 100 billion dollar cash horde it’s sitting on with a $2.65/quarter dividend and a 10 billion dollar stock buyback over  the next three years. The early results of this announcement is The stock price is up about 1.3%. I’ve seen a similar thing happen …

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Mar 13

Maximizing profits, missing the goal

How many times doe this happen, you’ve found an investment, or a product, it’s at the price you wanted but, you decide to wait until it goes on sale…when the sale comes, it’s sold. This happens all the time, and it usually costs people money when it comes to investing. To me, there are two …

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Mar 02

Observational Investing

There are many strategies you can use when it comes from investing, some are famous (the Graham Value technique, the Dogs of the Dow, Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis, etc.), some are simple (the couch potato), some are complex…here’s one that I’m sure I didn’t invent, but I do tend to use a lot, I call …

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