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Jun 2015

Life is beautiful

I recently came across this blog by Sam Altman. Although he is only 30, I thought Altman’s 36 “life advice” tips were incredibly thoughtful. I am in agreement with his comment that he usually finds such lists ‘hollow’. However,  Altman’s tips captured so much wisdom … I just had to pass them along! The days are long but the decades are short By: Sam Altman…

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Life is beautiful

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May 2015

The Greatest Trick the Devil Played

The French poet Baudelaire once wrote, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he did not exist”. In much the same way I feel the greatest trick financial academia has played on the investing public is to have persuaded us, through the creation of theories such as the efficient market hypothesis, that “volatility” and “risk” are one and the same thing…

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The Greatest Trick the Devil Played

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Apr 2015

A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money

Happiness, at least from a financial blogging perspective, is when two of your favourite writers come together in a single post. And so it is with the Morgan Housel and Carl Richards article shown below. Line by line or in Richards case, sketch by sketch, no one does a better job of communicating “Wealth With Wisdom” than these two individuals. If you are serious about…

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A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money

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Mar 2015

Doing Nothing Is A Decision

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” – Blaise Pascal One of my favourite financial bloggers is Ben Carlson who writes under the title “A Wealth of Common Sense”. I thought he recently knocked it out of the park with his blog about how truly hard it is to “buy and hold” (i.e. do nothing in today’s…

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Doing Nothing Is A Decision

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Feb 2015

Your Personal Tax Calendar

“Taxes are our way of feeding the goose that lays the golden eggs of freedom, democracy and enterprise. Someone says, ‘Well, the goose eats too much!’ That’s probably true.  But better a fat goose than no goose at all” – Jim Rohn As I have now begun to receive a flurry of tax “T-Statements” I realize, once again , it is that time of year…

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Your Personal Tax Calendar

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Jan 2015

You Should be Amazed

It has been my practice to begin each year’s “Wealth with Wisdom” with a focus on all of the positives that are happening in the world today. As I become older and, hopefully, a bit wiser,  I have come to the conclusion that how we perceive  our world is largely a matter of choice. Personally, this is evidenced by an annual Christmas email letter our…

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You Should be Amazed

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Dec 2014

Partial to Penguins

Clearly, I realize this video is a TV advert for the British retailer John Lewis. Cleverly, it utilizes a John Lennon song to amplify the commercial’s impact. Creatively, it is a slick piece of marketing that is directly targeted to tug on our heart strings. And ultimately – at least from my perspective – how did the producers know that I’m partial to penguins? Taking…

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Partial to Penguins

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Nov 2014

If You Missed The Rally…

There are two types of people in the world – those that are too classy to tell you, “I told you so” … and then there’s me! You may recall last month’s Wealth With Wisdom, “Another Garden Variety Correction”. It was all about how we had a very minor and very to-be-expected correction (at least in the Canadian market). I believe the article below serves…

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If You Missed The Rally…

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Oct 2014

Another Garden Variety Correction

As I write this, for the first time in over three years we have had a market correction (as defined by at least 10% pull back) in Canada.  Interestingly, this did not occur in the US with the broader market not quite hitting the 10% marker. What is also interesting about this most recent spate of volatility is not that it happened, but that it…

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Oct 2014

What REALLY matters

To be frank, I find that over 90 % of what I read on the web as it relates to “investment advice” is complete nonsense. Having said that, I am always on the look out for those individuals who are worth reading and listening to and streaming them through my customized RSS feed. I use the free app Mr Reader that has saved me countless…

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