The Big Mean Banks Are Out To Take Your Money
Nov21

The Big Mean Banks Are Out To Take Your Money

News flash the big Canadian banks are retail operations and their purpose is to sell you things. Shocker! I know it’s hard to believe but just like most other retail stores, they have products to sell and sales targets to achieve. And just like other retail stores they also have managers that expect their employees to achieve these goals. Because, guess what? Those same managers also have sales targets and goals. Now that is out...

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Your Money is Your Time – Don’t Waste It
Mar12

Your Money is Your Time – Don’t Waste It

It’s possibly the worst trade you will make in your entire life, your time for money and stuff. Quick question – If you were in the possession of a resource that was very rare and had no way to replenish itself, would you trade that resource for something that was available everywhere and easy for everyone to attain? Hell NO! That sounds like a raw deal. Why would anyone trade something finite (Life – If you’re...

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OMY Syndrome & Early Retirement
Feb06

OMY Syndrome & Early Retirement

Despite the weighty title that this study carries “Optimum Strategies for Creativity and Longevity”, it is worth reading again and again. The work of Dr. Sing Lin makes a great case against OMY (If I work One More Year it will be all good) syndrome and makes a fairly strong case for early retirement. According to Dr. Lin, pension funds in many large American corporations (e.g., Boeing, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Lucent Technologies,...

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Get Your Piece of “Shred Equity”
Jan25

Get Your Piece of “Shred Equity”

Would you like the chance to experience some of the finest powder in the world and own a piece of the mountain as well? Here’s your chance to be that badass ski mogul you’ve always dreamed of (pun intended). Red mountain in little Rossland B.C has started a campaign with startengine.com to gauge whether there is enough interest to offer equity to the Canadian public. So far so good – as of writing they have over...

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Is it a bargain or a giant evil plot to take your money!
Jan23

Is it a bargain or a giant evil plot to take your money!

What if I were to tell you that those 50%-70% off sales are not really bargains but just a giant evil plot to separate you from your hard earned money. Well I’m here to break it to you. Those bargains are not really bargains at all. Sometimes referred to as loss leaders these sales only exist for one purpose and that is to get you primed for an endless round of mindless consumption. You HAVE been tricked. In most cases the stuff...

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The Burrito Trail – AKA Ribbon Falls Kananaskis
Sep11

The Burrito Trail – AKA Ribbon Falls Kananaskis

What a beautiful place that I happen to call home. Canada! So much nature, very WoW, much fun! People travel from all over the world to visit Banff and Kananaskis and I have access to these wonderful places a short hour away from my back yard. Victor K. a good friend of mine have been planning to hike to Ribbon falls since at least the beginning of the year. So, we decided last month to hike it. And it was a blast! My oldest boy...

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Hamburgers, Cars, Stocks, Retirement – Buying Low and Selling High
Aug28

Hamburgers, Cars, Stocks, Retirement – Buying Low and Selling High

What happens when there is a 20% off sale at the local electronics store? People usually get excited to buy. Right? What happens when there is a 50% off sale? Those same excited people would buy even more! So why is it so different when we look at buying and selling shares in top notch companies on our local stock exchanges? Simply, It comes down to emotion and that emotion is FEAR. Why do people sell their portfolio when the stock...

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Muhammad Ali – Don’t count the days; make the days count.
Jun04

Muhammad Ali – Don’t count the days; make the days count.

Muhammad Ali passed away today at the young age of 74. You can read his official obituary here. I wrote an article back in 2012 on a bit of the family history of Muhammad Ali. There might be a remote chance that somewhere down the line twice removed and add a cousin or two, I might actually be related to Muhammad Ali. You can read about it here. I admit that I like professional fighting, Boxing, UFC and mixed martial arts. I’m...

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