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Derek Foster

Catching up with Derek Foster “Canada’s Youngest Retiree”

A few years ago, I got a chance to sit down and chat with Derek Foster, “Canada’s Youngest Retiree”.  Back then Derek shared his thoughts on the stock market, his investment strategy and much more.  I recently caught up with Derek and for this post I decided to playback the things Derek told me then and see what he thinks today.  First up, a quick bio: Derek was born in Ottawa in 1970. He left the proverbial rat race at the age of 34 by using various investing strategies, many he believes any investor can emulate. Derek is a 6-time ...
Wealthing Like Rabbits

Wealthing Like Rabbits Book Review and Takeaways

Who knew a personal finance book would include references to rabbits, zombies, the losing record of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Super Mario Brothers?  This is exactly what Wealthing Like Rabbits contains, an original new introductory personal finance book written by Robert Brown.  Comparing the “mind-bogglingly cool” and “mind-numbing” power of compound interest to the multiplying power of rabbits (and zombies), Robert reminds us that saving early, saving often and letting your investments do the work is one of many keys to wealthing your ...
The Quest for Alpha

A Case for Indexing – The Quest for Alpha

The active versus passive investing debate has been raging for decades, and author Larry Swedroe is certainly not shy about what side of the argument he defends.  In his book, The Quest for Alpha, Swedroe likens the Holy Grail of Christian mythology to alpha in financial management – the ability of money managers to deliver returns above their appropriate risk-adjusted benchmark.  Swedroe goes on to explain how stock selection and market timing combine forces to form an art of active financial management and how this artwork, for the most part, ...
Understanding Unretirement

7 ways men and women see retirement differently

We already know most men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  John Gray’s book told us that and in doing so offered up many suggestions to improve relationships between men and women through various communication styles and responding to the hard-wired general biases of the opposite sex.  Maybe surprisingly then, men and women differed very little in their responses to a recent study about the subject of retirement and money.  Here are seven ways the two genders see retirement differently from Sun Life Financial’s Understanding Unretirement here. Men ...
If You Can

Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly – If You Can

Avid readers of this site might already know one of my favourite financial books is The Investor’s Manifesto by William Bernstein.  Bernstein is a best selling financial author and was a practicing neurologist.  Needless to say he is very bright and his books are witty and fun to read, yes, a financial book can be fun to read.   Recently, Bernstein released a short ebook entitled If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly.  I recall a few weeks ago this book was free a limited period of time but it’s still cheap for the frugal folks ...

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