Stock Market Myths – Don’t Believe the Hype!

How many of you reading this have known somebody who has lost money in the stock market?  How many of you have lost money yourself?

A recent realization came to mind about how unusual it is for a blog like this – or any other article related to personal finance – to be believing in and promoting the potential of the stock market at a time when public perception and confidence in it is perhaps at one of its all-time lows.  After all, Continue reading “Stock Market Myths – Don’t Believe the Hype!”

Invest From A Company’s Point Of View

Two high school friends, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, began building home computers in a garage in the mid-1970s and less than 40 years later the company they started, Apple Inc., became the largest in the world.  An athlete named Kevin Plank started making originally designed, moisture wicking T-shirts in his grandmother’s basement in 1996 and selling them out of the trunk of his car.  He named his company Under Armour.

Whatever the stories of the most successful companies in the world today, however humble or exciting their beginnings, the one common factor Continue reading “Invest From A Company’s Point Of View”

How Anybody Can Own a Business

Some of you probably looked at the title of this post and thought that by clicking on it you would be led to one of those sites that tries to sell you on some earth-shattering business opportunity.  Or maybe one of those Continue reading “How Anybody Can Own a Business”

Why I Dumped Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has fallen out of favor with several investors lately, and certainly for not the first time in it’s nearly four-decade history.  I’m not an advocate of selling any stock without good reason, and I rarely do any more.  In my case, I found a few reasons a couple of weeks ago to sell my stake in this company.   Continue reading “Why I Dumped Apple Inc.”

Did You Ride Out The Storm?

A lot has happened since my last post in early October 2015.  Less than a month later, my dad passed away after a 3-year struggle with cancer, but I had been fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time with him in those final months.  (As an aside, if a person does not choose to do a lot of reflecting during times like that, trying to ignore the reality of death, then I would argue that he’s missing out on some monumental life lessons.)  So yes, I had to ride out a personal storm, but I also learned and was reminded a lot about life in general. Continue reading “Did You Ride Out The Storm?”

Overcoming the Debt Mindset

It can be argued that the concept of saving is largely a lost art.

From a developed-world perspective, there is no longer a stigma attached to debt like there was a few decades ago, so people merrily spend their way into multiple forms of debt without thinking about the future consequences.  The ideas of penny-pinching, not buying what you don’t have the cash for, and other forms of saving and frugality – with the goal of someday building a nice nest-egg of savings – have been lost in this world of abundant and easy credit.

In fact, it would seem as though Continue reading “Overcoming the Debt Mindset”

Thoughts on the Recent Market Correction

If there’s one goal I’ve had for this blog all along, it’s to be transparent and honest.  That’s quite easy for someone like me, middle class and not a household name.  I don’t have to uphold a façade, to pretend as though I have it all together, unlike famous people who are very good at pretending.

And honestly speaking, right now it’s tough for “regular” people like me in various parts of North America.  In my part of the continent, Continue reading “Thoughts on the Recent Market Correction”

Learning To Become A Bored Investor

I’ll admit that I’m about to bare my investing soul about one of my last great remaining weaknesses as an investor:  impatience.  May you benefit from what I’m about to share.   Continue reading “Learning To Become A Bored Investor”

Keeping Your Sanity in a Market Storm

In another post, I compared the nature of the stock market to an ocean.  Well, days like today are much like the waves on an ocean and also the weather outside my window, very turbulent and unsettled.  In fact, I would say that the market today is quite irrational compared to anything else in recent memory.  For example, how else can you explain Continue reading “Keeping Your Sanity in a Market Storm”

How To Fail as an Investor

Don’t let the title of this post throw you off, because I’m going to engage you in a bit of reverse psychology.  Sometimes, a great way to do something right is to instead learn how it’s done wrong and then do the opposite.

A few years back, a friend of mine who knew that I was into stock investing asked me if he should get into it as well.  My first suggestion was that he absolutely not, foolishly assuming that Continue reading “How To Fail as an Investor”