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 08/29   The Peculiar Passivity of Active ManagementFunds 
 08/29   The criminalisation of businessGovernment 
 08/24   Ways investors can avoid being dupedCrime 
 08/10   Sell Oakville, buy WindsorReal Estate 
 08/10   Just visitingStingy Investing 
 07/19   The importance of being solventThrift 

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The Peculiar Passivity of Active Management
08/29/14   8:57 PM ESTFunds
"If active stock-pickers are going to prove their worth, they'd better start getting a lot more active - not by trading more, but by looking different from the indexes they are trying to beat."
More Funds: The lure of hedge funds
Why investors lag funds

The criminalisation of business
08/29/14   8:48 PM ESTGovernment
"Companies must be punished when they do wrong, but the legal system has become an extortion racket."
More Government: Addicted to zero
Why was Canada exempt from the financial crisis?

Ways investors can avoid being duped
08/24/14   1:22 PM ESTCrime
"In the investment world, there is no way to avoid the occasional fraud. It is simply a numbers game. The more companies you evaluate, the more likely you are to encounter one. Moreover, it is usually difficult to detect which companies are fraudulent, as companies can have duplicitous management teams and aggressive financials without necessarily breaking the law."
More Crime: The FBI pump-and-dump scam
Cynk and short selling

Sell Oakville, buy Windsor
08/10/14   5:21 PM ESTReal Estate
"Investing strategist Dan Hallett has been saying this to friends of his lately: With an eye on retirement, sell your home in Oakville, about an hour's drive west of Toronto, and head another three hours west on Highway 401 to his own city of Windsor."
More Real Estate: Why Canada isn't immune
How much did your house cost?

Just visiting
08/10/14   5:12 PM ESTStingy Investing
"It's hard to visit cottage country without dreaming about buying a little slice of heaven. While owning a cottage has some obvious benefits, it tends to be a costly affair. Crunch the numbers and you'll likely discover the relative advantages of renting."
More Stingy Investing: Dirt-cheap value ETFs
Best by buyback yield

The importance of being solvent
07/19/14   5:24 PM EStThrift
"What is wealth? To me, it isn't a particular sum of money. Rather, it's the freedom to spend your days doing what you're passionate about and what you think is important."
More Thrift: Tiny houses for economic freedom
When the messenger is worth shooting

The FBI pump-and-dump scam
07/18/14   9:36 PM ESTCrime
"So the main lesson here is, if you want to run a pump-and-dump scam, the FBI is not a great partner. That or "just don't run a pump-and-dump scam," I guess, take your pick. There are other lessons, though. One is how strangely close this all was to being legal."
More Crime: Cynk and short selling
Stock promoters make inroads

Cynk and short selling
07/12/14   8:25 PM ESTCrime
"If you spot what you think is a penny stock pump-and-dump scam, don't short it! It might be a trap!"
More Crime: Stock promoters make inroads
Optimism and credibility of stock spam

Why Canada isn't immune
07/12/14   7:40 PM ESTReal Estate
"History has shown, time and again, that 'this time' is not different. We believe the same is true for the future of Canadian residential real estate."
More Real Estate: How much did your house cost?
Canada's mixed blessing

Tiny houses for economic freedom
07/12/14   7:33 PM ESTThrift
"The 57-year-old schoolteacher's tiny house near Providence, Rhode Island, cost $28,000 - a seventh of the median price of single-family residences in his state."
More Thrift: When the messenger is worth shooting
Our number-one tax shelter

Addicted to zero
07/05/14   9:13 PM ESTGovernment
"So tell me again why central bankers in North America feel they have to 'keep our economy going' by maintaining a zero-interest rate policy."
More Government: Why was Canada exempt from the financial crisis?
Flinty-eyed fiscal conservatives

Diversify with Warren Buffett
06/29/14   1:24 PM ESTStingy Investing
"Berkshire Hathaway represents an interesting option for cost-conscious investors who want to pick up a diversified collection of businesses in one handy package."
More Stingy Investing: Perils of too much information
How much can you safely withdraw?

Overdiversification
06/14/14   11:47 PM ESTMarkets
"But diversification isn't all peaches and cream. There is such a thing as being overdiversified. Take an index fund. It owns tons of stocks that will stink over the next year. Apple last year is a great example. It was the biggest stock in the S&P 500 (and therefore most impactful on returns), and had a relatively weak year. Owning everything means you will always own certain types of stocks that tend to perform poorly."
More Markets: Does Academic Research Kill Returns?
Academic research and return predictability

Why was Canada exempt from the financial crisis?
05/25/14   7:21 PM ESTGovernment
"From its beginning, Canada's banking system was structured to be less vulnerable to shocks and thus did not give rise to the need for a central bank to achieve stability. By contrast, the Fed was created to offset vulnerabilities in the American banking system."
More Government: Flinty-eyed fiscal conservatives
When hedge funds lobby

Meet Francis Chou
05/04/14   2:57 PM ESTStingy Investing
"It's a pity more money managers don't follow Mr. Chou's example. But investors would be wise to follow him."
More Stingy Investing: Liquor Stores NA is no bargain
Index funds trade too much

Flinty-eyed fiscal conservatives
05/04/14   2:27 PM ESTGovernment
"Why yes: reading the budget, one was taken back to the last days of the Bob Rae government, two decades ago - that same feeling that those in charge had no real grasp on the size of the hole they had dug for themselves, nor any serious plan to get out of it. In retrospect, the comparison seems unfair. Rae was a flinty-eyed fiscal conservative compared to this bunch."
More Government: When hedge funds lobby
Now with less democracy

Financial advice for the not so rich
04/19/14   11:02 PM ESTBrokers
"For a couple of years now, a number of entrepreneurs have been racing to solve the same problem: the financial services industry's persistent inability to provide personalized advice and appropriate investments at a reasonable price to customers who are not rich."
More Brokers: Norbert's gambit
The best brokers

Index funds trade too much
04/19/14   9:54 PM ESTStingy Investing
"The problem is, most index funds are too active. Sure, specialty index funds must trade stocks frequently in an effort to track small segments of the market. But some of the biggest and most beloved indexes trade too often."
More Stingy Investing: Newspaper stock, really?
A big day for value investors

When the messenger is worth shooting
04/12/14   6:01 PM ESTThrift
"In addition to being ineffective and boring, the lessons of financial literacy curriculums often end up sounding patronizing and obvious. Check your credit report. Rebalance investments. Budget. The fact that most people don't bother to do these things is taken as a sign of their financial illiteracy."
More Thrift: Our number-one tax shelter
Frugal life leaves rich legacy

Financial advisor fees
04/12/14   5:44 PM ESTZweig
"The Wall Street Journal's two top personal finance journalists, Jonathan Clements and Jason Zweig, both now at The Wall Street Journal tackle the three greatest financial challenges facing Americans. [video]"
More Zweig: Retiring on your own terms
Consuelo interviews Jason Zweig

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