The Bitcoin Bust

There were talks of $200,000. Investors said that currency as we know it today would cease to exist and we would be using digital money. Bitcoin was supposed to be the digital currency to rule them all. The defacto measure of wealth in the whole world. Alas, none of those predictions are coming to fruition.…

The Shocking Investment Truth No One Told You About

“Buy a house. It’s the best investment”. “The banks are crooks, they only benefit the rich”. Common words spoken by common people. Those are the popular phrases that have been drilled into our heads for as long as I can remember. It’s also been reiterated by man real estate agents and moms across the world…

It’s So Easy To Start Investing Now

40 years ago trying to invest by yourself was almost unheard of. Buying stocks and trying to invest in companies always involved a lengthy conversation with your broker. Only the rich would do it, since employing a broker to work for you was always an expensive endeavour. Fast forward a decade later and the advent…

Is Your Portfolio Maintaining Its Balance?

Every good investor knows that you should have balance in your investment portfolio. That means there should be a good mixture of equities, bonds and even cash in your portfolio. Over the last ten years, though, the pace of growth in equities have far outstripped the growth of interest provided by fixed income assets. In…

Why Canada Is A Poor Place To Invest

Unless you own a house in Toronto or Vancouver, Canada hasn’t been a good place to invest over the past ten years. If we look at the performance of Canada’s main stock index, the TSX, over the past decade, the returns have been abysmal. With only a 17% cumulative gain over 10 years, anyone who…

The First Step To Investing: Saving

I get asked all the time “What should I buy?” It’s assumed by many that the best way to financial independence is to find the right assets to buy so that your money can grow quickly. This is exactly the wrong type of thinking. Achieving financial independence isn’t about finding quick hit wins with your…

Why Gains Can Appear Small In Your Portfolio

Most people don’t follow their investments. They tend to just buy whatever their advisor at the bank says or use a passive investment portfolio like the popular Canadian Couch Potato portfolios. When it comes time to review, which might happen once year, investors wonder why the gains are so small when the market has done…