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The Empowered Investor

The Empowered Investor Book Review and Giveaway

“To ensure a prosperous and financially secure future, we need to understand the potential roadblocks that can prevent us from succeeding. Knowing the rules of the playing field can save you a lot of headaches down the road – and dramatically improve your odds of future success.” -Keith Matthews, Author, The Empowered Investor. Your Canadian guide to building a better investor experience is here folks, and, it’s free.  Yes, you read that correctly (free) but I’ll get to that later.  First, I want to share with you my takeaways from The ...
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 ...

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