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The Omnipresent Impact of the Bell Curve

The Omnipresent Impact of the Bell Curve

Outstanding portfolio performance on its first anniversary (This article originally appeared in Grainews on July 16th. The performance was as of May15th and while the numbers may have changed, the message is just as applicable today) It is time to take a look at our […]

Secrets to Sanity and Success

Secrets to Sanity and Success

(Photo courtesy of Unsplash) After my August break, thought it was time to return with periodic blogs. This article marked my 24th for Grainews. My first article, which appeared in March of 2018, had a quote, “I have a secret for you. Don’t tell anybody […]

Part 2: U.S. Long Term Successes…and blemishes

Part 2: U.S. Long Term Successes…and blemishes

(Photo courtesy of Pexels) In my first column on Long Term Successes, I shared examples from my Canadian portfolio. The Canadian market is just three percent of the world market and isn’t very well diversified, with financial and resource companies dominating. This makes international diversification […]

Happy Readers, Happy Investors

Happy Readers, Happy Investors

(Photo courtesy of Pexels) I am always delighted to get emails from readers and reviews on Amazon or Chapters. I thought I would share a few recent comments as they mirror my objectives with the book and newsletter. The first is on Amazon.com. Most reviews […]

Long Term Successes…and a few blemishes

Long Term Successes…and a few blemishes

(Photo courtesy of Pexels) Success through simplicity entails buying the right companies and holding them a long time. This significantly reduces stress and workload managing investments, and leads to better outcomes. But do I follow my own advice? My first decade of stock investing had […]

Evaluating Investment Performance

Evaluating Investment Performance

(Photo courtesy of Pexels) There has recently been a lot of negativity directed towards the mutual fund and financial advisory industries around performance and fees, partly because of the emergence of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with lower fees. Advisors however rely on mutual fund fees. […]

Three More Articles to Enjoy with Your Coffee

Three More Articles to Enjoy with Your Coffee

(photo courtesy of Pexels) I have been a Grainews columnist for a year with my first article having appeared on March 13th, 2018. The articles are generally coordinated with my blogs but not always. This series of articles will catch up blog readers with my […]

The Folly of Market Predictions

The Folly of Market Predictions

In the column, “Re-Think What You Thought,” I mentioned less than half of predictions are accurate. This phenomenon has been well documented, yet market predictions continue to abound. I began making market predictions in my newsletter in January of 2016, mostly to poke fun at […]

In Defense of the Much Maligned RRSP

In Defense of the Much Maligned RRSP

(Photo courtesy of Pexels) We are approaching the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) deadline but deadline or not, I suspect most readers will have contribution room available, which can be found on your annual income tax “Notice of Assessment.” Many Canadians have tossed the RRSP […]

The Real Estate Chapter

The Real Estate Chapter

I hope everyone had a very Happy New Year. My apologies for not sending anything yet this year, and hope everyone took advantage of the market downdraft late in 2018 to add to your TFSA with the new $6,000 contribution room for 2019. I added […]