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Thinking Fast and Slow

My takeaways from Thinking Fast and Slow

“As we navigate our lives, we normally allow ourselves to be guided by impressions and feelings, and the confidence we have in our intuitive beliefs and preferences is usually justified.  But not always.  We are often confident even when we are wrong, and an objective observer is more likely to detect our errors than we are.” -Daniel Kahneman, brilliant author of Thinking Fast and Slow, Nobel Prize winner. Thinking Fast and Slow is an interesting (and technical book) by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman that collates Kahneman’s current ...
Peter Hodson

My Own Advisor Interview with Peter Hodson – Part 2

Welcome back folks, to Part 2 of my interview with Peter Hodson, former Chairman of Sprott Asset Management LP, Editor of Canadian MoneySaver and CEO of 5i Research.  You can find Part 1 here. Thanks again for sharing your perspectives and experience with my readers Peter, let’s get back to the questions… My Own Advisor:  What’s your take on Canadian real estate these days? We are not concerned about a real estate bubble. The economic picture in Canada is OK, and interest rates should stay low enough to keep investors interested in ...
Peter Hodson

My Own Advisor Interview with Peter Hodson – Part 1

With 30 years of investment experience, a founding partner of Synergy Mutual Funds (acquired by CI Financial in 2003), former Chairman of Sprott Asset Management LP, Editor of Canadian MoneySaver and CEO of 5i Research, Peter Hodson has a lot to share.  Read on for Part 1 in my interview with Peter. My Own Advisor:  Thanks again for this interview Peter.  So, where and when did investing begin for you? I actually bought my first stock when I was 11, in Ottawa. It was Mitel Corp., an Ottawa company. I had a paper route, and scraped together $300. ...
Stop Over-Thinking Your Money

Stop Over-Thinking Your Money! Book Review

Today’s post is a guest post from Barry Choi, a DIY investor who, when not busy working as a Director for CityNews Toronto, is passionate about all things personal finance.  You can follow Barry on Twitter @BarryChoi. The New Year is a great time to look at your finances and think about what goals you may have for the year ahead.  Arriving just in time to do just that is Preet Banerjee’s book Stop Over-Thinking Your Money! The Five Simple Rules of Financial Success.  Full disclosure, I have appeared on Preet’s podcast and I consider ...
Managing Alone

Managing Alone Book Review and Giveaway

A few weeks back, the co-author of Managing Alone Jennifer Black reached out to yours truly and offered me a copy of her book to check out.  To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of the book after reading the Introduction. Death, it’s such a negative word.  When I think about death it conjures up feelings of loss, grief, pain and confusion.  I’d rather not think about that right now. Besides, when I started reading Jennifer’s book, the sun was shining and it was a great day outside.  I had much better things to do (and enjoy) ...
Money Talks

Money Talks Book Review

Thanks to a friend, the talented editor of the book in fact, I was handed a copy of Money Talks – Lessons from Canada’s Wealthiest by author Sam Sivarajan.  Sam has extensive experience in the investment banking industry and has worked with a number of wealthy Canadians and clients in the UK and Asia.  Money Talks takes readers through a fictional series of coffee talks amongst friends, discussing a host of personal finance and investing lessons learned from Sam’s real-world experience in working with high net worth clients.  The coffee ...

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