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Why Buy an ETF?

It’s become an excepted fact amongst business reporters that the best investments to buy are ETFs, otherwise known as Exchange Traded Funds. What is an ETF and why are so many journalists convinced that you should buy them? Well an ETF is a fancy way to describe an investment that looks very similar too, (but isn’t quite) […]

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Apple May Have Just Won the Tablet Wars

As of today you can download and use Microsoft Office on your iPad. This news has hit my family with a yawn, but to me this is an excellent signal for the long term financial health of both Apple and Microsoft. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Apple may have just […]

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Las Vegas and the Shrinking Invisible Economy

Just over a year ago I postulated that environmental investing may not be dead. The issue that keeps arising is the invisible economy. Traditionally in economics things that are provided “free” by the natural world don’t get counted in “The Economy”, while things that people do want from the natural world do get counted. For […]

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Crimean Crisis Reminds Everybody Why Investing is a Long Game

You might have been forgiven if you hadn’t been paying close attention to the Ukrainian Revolution two months ago when it was a long and violent standoff between the Ukrainian government and its people. Kiev square looked like a war zone and reports, while increasingly dire, were not necessarily front page news. But since the […]

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Bitcoin looses $500M, 21st century turns out to be terrifying

Last week I made mention of the disappearance of Mt.Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin Exchange. On that day it seemed that nobody knew what had happened, except that it had simply disappeared. When it did reappear it had been the apparent victim of a cyber attack that ultimately resulted in the theft of 740,000 bitcoins, […]

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Bitcoin’s Future Still Far From Assured

Back in December I wrote about How Bitcoin Might Not Survive. This video from the Financial Times sheds a little more light on the uncertain nature of Bitcoin and its future. If you want to know more about what Bitcoin is and why this mysterious internet currency keeps showing up in  the news you can […]

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Looking for Dark Clouds Amidst Silver Linings

This year got off to a rocky start. As of writing this post, the S&P 500 is down over -2% year-to-date (YTD), while other global markets have been similarly affected. The MSCI Global Index is down nearly -1%, the MSCI Emerging Markets index is also down -4.5%, as is the FTSE 100 (UK, -1.3%) and […]

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Canadians Losing the Battle to Save For Retirement

People sometimes ask why I seem to be so focused on housing and its costs as a financial advisor, and I think the answer is best summed up declining rates of RRSP contributions. Currently many Canadians seem to be opting out of making a RRSP contribution this year, with both Scotiabank and BMO conducting separate […]

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Jack Sparrow and the Pirate Stock Exchange

In case you missed it 2013 seemed to mark the end of Somali piracy. If you can cast your mind back to 2011, piracy off the coast of Africa seemed to be the next big problem. In fact 2011 marked the peak of Somali piracy with 237 separate attacks. In contrast 2013 saw only 15 […]

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More Proof that “The Facebook” is Probably Terrible for Investors

I have been previously quite critical of the excitement around IPOs and Social Media. My major complaint is that most social media doesn’t make any money, but receive incredible valuations under the assumption that they might make money someday. The reason for this is that two companies have made money this way, notably Facebook and […]

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