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A Canadian Finance Blog written by an actual Stockbroker. Deals with insurance, investing, saving, education.
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Is This Current Market Turmoil Really Different?
2008-06-10 19:30:00
Is the market volatility of the past nine months really different than the market corrections that happened before? Or is it just the fact that it is recent that makes it stand out?
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May Day: May 1st, 1975 - The End of Fixed Stock Commissions
2008-06-09 22:21:00
There was a time when stock commissions were non-negotiable... and WAY more expensive. All that changed on 'May Day'.
More About: Investing , Commissions , Stock , Featured , Fixed
Contest Winner Announcement
2008-06-09 19:30:00
I use a random number generator to determine the winner of all contests and this time it spat out number 3. The third valid comment on the contest entry post belongs to “Sean”. I will be contacting Sean to get his mailing address and to send him his prizes! Congratulations Sean! Thanks to everyone who entered ...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-06-07 04:35:00
Note: Don’t forget to enter the contest to win The Richest Man in Babylon AND The Intelligent Investor! A very special lap of the blogs edition since this week’s video is a lap of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where the Formula 1 race is taking place this weekend - and as always, I will be ...
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Breakfast With Dr. Jeremy Siegel Part 3
2008-06-06 04:02:00
The third installment of my notes on the presentation of Dr. Jeremy Siegel.
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Vanguard Announces 2 for 1 Split on VTI, VWO and VXF
2008-06-05 03:14:00
Three of the most popular Vanguard ETFs will be splitting on a 2 for 1 basis later this month.
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One Contest: Two Books To Be Won!
2008-06-04 03:48:00
You can win not ONE, but TWO of the greatest books for investors ever written: The Intelligent Investor AND The Richest Man in Babylon!
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We Are Live On The Scene!
2008-06-03 05:43:00
We are live on the scene with the all new WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com - Now with less fat!
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Announcement and Money Movie Winner
2008-06-02 10:16:00
Announcement Some of you may have read recently that I will be migrating this blog to a wordpress format. Well I’m going to try that this week, slightly ahead of schedule. Fingers crossed, it should work out smoothly. I will be backing everything up tonight and making the plunge on Wednesday. Since the URL structures between ...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-05-30 07:23:00
Don’t forget to enter May’s Money Movie Giveaway - click here. From Around The Blogosphere The Canadian Capitalist asks if a membership at Costco makes sense. Four Pillars explains that free burgers don’t taste that great if you can’t get one. The Million Dollar Journey suggests a great savings strategy: ask for savings!  Michael James on Money ...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-05-30 03:23:00
Don't forget to enter May's Money Movie Giveaway - click here. From Around The BlogosphereThe Canadian Capitalist asks if a membership at Costco makes sense.Four Pillars explains that free burgers don't taste that great if you can't get one.The Million Dollar Journey suggests a great savings strategy: ask for savings! Michael James on Money provides a great description on what exactly all the hub-bub is regarding BCE.Canadian Dream: Free at 45 is saving quite a bit of money by cutting his own hair.This Week's Racing VideoMartin Brundle (ex-F1 driver and now a commentator) provides a very top level view on oversteer versus understeer in an F1 car. Sorry for the brevity this week - too much on the go in May! Have a great weekend everyone!  Don't forget to enter May's Money Movie Giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on the contest post for a chance to win a free DVD Movie About Money. Subscribe to the free Email Updates to learn more about personal finance...
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Breakfast with Dr. Jeremy Siegel Part 2
2008-05-29 07:52:00
Don’t forget to enter May’s Money Movie Giveaway - click here. Some other highlights from the breakfast presentation with Dr. Siegel: From 1957 to 2006 the S&P 500 index returned 10.83% If you had just kept the original 500 stocks, instead of tracking the index as it changed over time, you would have returned 11.72% (not ...
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Breakfast with Dr. Jeremy Siegel Part 2
2008-05-29 03:52:00
Don't forget to enter May's Money Movie Giveaway - click here. Some other highlights from the breakfast presentation with Dr. Siegel:From 1957 to 2006 the S&P 500 index returned 10.83%If you had just kept the original 500 stocks, instead of tracking the index as it changed over time, you would have returned 11.72% (not even factoring tax effects)If you separated the 500 stocks into quintiles, the S&P 100 (top quintile based on yield) would have returned 13.80%, with a Beta of 0.94His findings regarding the top yielding stocks may be partly responsible for his involvement with Wisdom Tree Investments (which specialize in ETFs that are not weighted to market capitalizations, but rather fundamentally with emphasis on earnings and dividends).He also explained that the reason the S&P500 index (10.83%) lagged the original 500 (11.72%) was because for new constituents to qualify for inclusion into the S&P500 usually meant they had just been on a growth run, and hence are...
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Breakfast with Dr. Jeremy Siegel Part 1
2008-05-28 06:27:00
Don’t forget to enter May’s Money Movie Giveaway - click here.  As I mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend a private breakfast presentation from Dr. Jeremy Siegel over the weekend and he shared with us some of his research on the capital markets and personal finance. Here are some of the highlights: If you ...
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Breakfast with Dr. Jeremy Siegel Part 1
2008-05-28 02:27:00
Don't forget to enter May's Money Movie Giveaway - click here. As I mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend a private breakfast presentation from Dr. Jeremy Siegel over the weekend and he shared with us some of his research on the capital markets and personal finance. Here are some of the highlights:If you had taken US$1 and invested it into the following assets in 1802, by the end of 2007 they would have grown to:US Stocks: $766,854Bonds: $1,320T-Bills: $302Gold: $2.45The US Dollar: $0.06The return on stocks represents a real return of 6.8% (real return means 'after accounting for inflation') over this 200+ year period. The real return on gold has been 0.1% annualized over this time - this even accounts for the bulk of the run up in price to the end of 2007 remember. Bonds represented a real return of 3.5%.His point in bringing up this data is that there is an "equity premium" of about 3 to 4% for stocks versus fixed income, and questions what is truly more risky...
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May Money Movie Giveaway Contest Is On!
2008-05-27 03:24:00
It’s time for Round 3 of the Money Movie Giveaway on WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com! All you have to do is enter a comment on this post for a free entry! Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross have been chosen by the previous winner’s so this month’s winner can choose from the following: 1. Wall Street2. Boiler ...
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May Money Movie Giveaway Contest Is On!
2008-05-26 23:24:00
It's time for Round 3 of the Money Movie Giveaway on WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com! All you have to do is enter a comment on this post for a free entry! Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross have been chosen by the previous winner's so this month's winner can choose from the following:1. Wall Street2. Boiler Room3. Casino4. Trading Places5. Glengarry Glen Ross6. Ocean's Eleven (The original from 1960)To enter this month's contest, you just have to leave a comment on this post before midnight, May 31st, 2008.The contest is open to everyone, but for delivery locations outside of Canada, the recipient is responsbile for shipping charges. Comments on this post will not earn an entry for any other month's contest - so make sure to leave a comment for each month's contest in order to increase your chances of winning.Thanks and Good Luck everyone! For those who are interested, here is one of the original theatrical trailers for Wall Street (originally released in 1987 so the cell phones l...
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Jeremy Siegel, Rex Murphy and Frugal Trader - All in one weekend!
2008-05-26 08:57:00
I had a great adventure in St. John’s, Newfoundland this weekend. What a beautiful backdrop to have a conference in - the countryside is gorgeous, and the people are just so welcoming and friendly. The conference was for stockbrokers and financial planners from my firm and we had the pleasure of hearing numerous ...
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Jeremy Siegel, Rex Murphy and Frugal Trader - All in one weekend!
2008-05-26 04:57:00
I had a great adventure in Saint John's, Newfoundland this weekend. What a beautiful backdrop to have a conference in - the countryside is gorgeous, and the people are just so welcoming and friendly. The conference was for stockbrokers and financial planners from my firm and we had the pleasure of hearing numerous speakers - two of which really stuck out: Dr. Jeremy Siegel (author of Stocks For The Long Run) and Rex Murphy (CBC personality).I won't go into too much detail right now about Dr. Siegel's talk since I plan on slowly disseminating the material of the presentation over the week. I will tell you it was the most informative presentation I've ever been to and it was quite a privilege to hear him speak. For those of you who don't know, his book Stocks for the Long Run (now in it's 4th edition) was ranked as one of the top 10 books on investing of all time.As good as Dr. Siegel's talk was, Rex Murphy's presentation was nothing short of spectacular. I have never been in ...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-05-23 07:15:00
What’s Going On With Me  I’ve been working on a number of different projects lately, one of which is planning the careful migration of this blog to a wordpress format. It’s taking some time, and in order to maintain my search engine ranking I will have to manually edit the URLs in the new ...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-05-23 03:15:00
What's Going On With Me I've been working on a number of different projects lately, one of which is planning the careful migration of this blog to a wordpress format. It's taking some time, and in order to maintain my search engine ranking I will have to manually edit the URLs in the new MySQL database for a seamless transition (and to maintain valid destinations for inbound links). (I think.) So hopefully you will bare with me as the posting frequency may go down until the launch of the new site which should be in mid-June. I think the site has gotten a bit ugly, and I'm looking to take it up a notch in presentation. Thanks for your patience! :)A Lap Of The Blogs I see that the top Skribit suggestion so far has been a request for information on a career in financial advisory. Along that vein, Investizmo has written about how to become a trader - which is totally different than a retail financial advisor, but I'm sure you'll find it interesting.The Canadian Capitalist take...
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Calculate Your Own Portfolio?s Standard Deviation
2008-05-22 08:28:00
You may know if your portfolio’s average returns are better or worse than your benchmark or other comparison portfolio, but how can you compare the risk? One way to get a better picture would be to compare standard deviations.  While the standard deviations of benchmarks and individual mutual funds are easily available, no ...
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Calculate Your Own Portfolio's Standard Deviation
2008-05-22 04:28:00
You may know if your portfolio's average returns are better or worse than your benchmark or other comparison portfolio, but how can you compare the risk? One way to get a better picture would be to compare standard deviations.  While the standard deviations of benchmarks and individual mutual funds are easily available, no one provides you with the standard deviation of your own portfolio - so here is an easy method to do just that. (Actually an even easier method is at the end of this post.) 1. The first thing to do is list your calendar year returns, for example:2000: 8%2001: -6%2002: -12%2003: 3%2004: 15%2005: 17%2006: 17%2007: 6%2. Now, calculate the average of these numbers which is simply adding up all the returns and dividing by the number of years in question. The sum of returns is 48 and if you divide by 8 (the number of years) you end up with an average of 6. Remember this number.3. Now you need to find the sum of the squared deviations. This just means that for ever...
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The Five Greeks of Options
2008-05-20 09:36:00
Just got back from Vancouver, in town for three days and then off to Newfoundland on Friday morning to complete my Canadian coast-to-coast tour. You may have heard people talking about the "Beta" of a portfolio before, but option pricing sensitivity takes into account many more letters of the Greek alphabet: Delta, Gamma, Vega, ...
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The Five Greeks of Options
2008-05-20 05:36:00
Just got back from Vancouver, in town for three days and then off to Newfoundland on Friday morning to complete my Canadian coast-to-coast tour. :)You may have heard people talking about the "Beta" of a portfolio before, but option pricing sensitivity takes into account many more letters of the Greek alphabet: Delta, Gamma, Vega, Theta and Rho. Here is a brief explanation of each - and I will expound on them in the future in separate posts.All five "Greeks " are factors that affect option contract theoretical values:Delta: Is the amount of change in the theoretical value of the option contract for every $1 change in price of the underlying stock.Gamma: Is the amount of change in the Delta for every $1 change in price of the underlying stock. So in other words, it is the rate of change in Delta (similar to how acceleration relates to speed - acceleration is the rate of change of speed).Vega: Is the amount of change in the theoretical value of the option contract fo...
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A Lap Of The Blogs
2008-05-16 01:37:00
Today is such a beautiful day in West Vancouver that I'm actually sitting outside while I write! Unfortunately I have a lot of work to do so I'll make this shorter than normal.From Around The BlogoshpereMichael James On Money finds that the average market average is not very average!Zahid Jafry is concerned that Certified Financial Planners are writing FEWER financial plans than before.While many personal finance bloggers abhor active management, Financial Jungle discusses some managers that have "skin in the game" and beat the market too. And finally, Mike from The Quest For Four Pillars asks why some parents are morons. This Week's Racing VideoIn the spirit of brevity, this video is a Formula One pit stop during which all four tires are replaced and a simulated full tank of fuel added in mere seconds (this was just a practice stop, but they kept the car in place and simulated the time required to fill it up). I would actually enjoy filling up at the gas stat...
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Hedging a Canadian Stock Portolio with a Double Inverse ETF
2008-05-14 22:45:00
I received an email a few days ago from a reader who asked about hedging a portfolio, specifically using HXD which is the Horizons BetaPro S&P/TSX 60 Bear Plus Fund. What a mouthful! For those who are not familiar with double and double inverse ETFs, essentially they provide 200% of the daily performance of an underlying index which in this case is the S&P/TSX 60 index. (Click here to read a more in-depth description I wrote a while back) The regular Bull ETF will return 2% when the S&P/TSX60 is up 1%, and will return -2% when the index is down 1%.The Bear version gives you 200% of the inverse performance so if the S&P/TSX is up 1%, the Bear ETF IS DOWN 2%. If the index is down 1%, the Bear ETF is UP 2%.Here is the original email:I enjoy your blog and wonder if you would consider a column on the ins and outs of using a hedge (notional or formal) to reduce investment risk. A concrete example might be based on a primary investment in the TSX index with a hedge using th...
More About: Double , Stock , Canadian , Hedging
You Guys Decide What Gets Written Here
2008-05-14 02:04:00
I've added a new feature to this blog today: Skribit. If you look on the right hand side you will see a new widget that says "What should I write about?". If you ever want to make a suggestion for a topic that you would like to read more about, just click on the widget and enter in your suggestion. For example, you could click and then write something short like:TFSAOption StrategiesMarket ActionRRSPsBudgetingetc.You can also vote for topics that are listed - so if someone suggested 'option strategies' and then 50 other people voted for it, you can be sure to see more blog posts about option strategies on this blog since my goal is to more fully engage all the readers and deliver content that you want to see. NOTE: You can make your suggestions and votes anonymously, but I believe you can set up an optional profile with Skribit as well. (I'm still figuring it out). If you sign up for a Skribit profile you can choose to be notified when I write a post based on your sugg...
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TSX Reaches All Time High
2008-05-12 22:34:00
The TSX closed the Monday May 12, 2008 trading day at 14,666.07 marking a new all-time high for the barometer of Canadian stocks. The index had flirted with the 12,000 level in late January and of course the talk of the town has been the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and on-again, off-again recession in the United States.If we look beyond just the index numbers we'll see that there hasn't been a broad based recovery so much as there have been a few sectors that have really picked up the slack of the rest of the index. Energy and commodity based companies have been on a tear while the financial sector is still well off the highs of the past year. Hear are the highs, lows and current prices (as of May 12, 2008) for the big five banks:Bank Of Montreal52 week high: $71.48, 52 week low: $38.00, Current: $49.12Bank of Nova Scotia52 week high: $54.67, 52 week low: $42.00,  Current: $48.37CIBC52 week high: $107.45, 52 week low: $56.25, Current: $73.30Royal Bank52 week high: $61.08, 52 ...
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KPMG Tax Planning 2008 Book Giveaway Winner!
2008-05-12 06:10:00
The book giveaway is now over and after using a random number generator I'm please to announce that the winner of the KMPG: Tax Planning For You And Your Family 2008 book is "Elizabeth" (commenter #10). I will be contacting Elizabeth via email to get her shipping details and the book will be sent out accordingly.In total there were 55 entries for the contest and you can visit the original contest post by clicking here. Congratulations Elizabeth and thank you very much to all those who entered. In only a few weeks I'll start the next installment of the Money Movie Giveaway so stay tuned and make sure to enter that contest for your chance to win a DVD copy of a movie about money!   Subscribe to the free Email Updates to learn more about personal finance.If you use a feed reader, you can click here to add my RSS feed.If you like this blog, you might like my book:  RRSPs: The Definitive Book on Registered Retirement Savings Plans
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