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Over CDN$5800 in Additional Annual Dividend Income

  Market Volatility has certainly picked up recently. Look at the iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX). Set the interval as weekly and look at different date ranges starting from the maximum date range and work your way down to the last 3 months. Note the spike commencing early February. The VXX is [...]

By |March 27th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Over CDN$5800 in Additional Annual Dividend Income

Invest With a Long-Term Outlook

In previous articles I have shared my opinion on Stock Picking Rules to Follow and The Basics of Investing. I have also shared with readers in a guest post why I think Chasing Yield is Fraught with Risk. In this post I share my reasons for choosing to have a long-term outlook when it comes [...]

By |March 25th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Invest With a Long-Term Outlook

Enhancing Personal Free Cash Flow for Investment Purposes

In this recent article I learned that more than 40% of Americans may be at risk of going broke in retirement. This statistic alarmed me so I did more digging in preparation for this post. What I uncovered is that according to the Fed: barely one-third of families in the bottom 50% of earners in [...]

By |March 11th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Enhancing Personal Free Cash Flow for Investment Purposes

The Big 6 Canadian Banks: Worthwhile Long-Term Investments

The Big 6 Canadian Banks have certainly rewarded long-term shareholders. If you do not currently have a position in any of these banks, this guest post I wrote for Sure Dividend should help you determine whether these banks are worthy of your consideration as part of a well diversified portfolio. I delve into some of [...]

By |March 8th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on The Big 6 Canadian Banks: Worthwhile Long-Term Investments

FFJ Portfolio – February 2018 Dividend Income Report

February was certainly an interesting month! The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 4.3% and only 4 of its members posted positive returns. Inflation fears were also stoked with Jerome Powell hinting there would be more aggressive movement on monetary policy. The TSX in Canada fared slightly better with only a 3.2% slide in February. Investors [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on FFJ Portfolio – February 2018 Dividend Income Report

Investing Using Margin Debt Leaves You Vulnerable

On February 25, 2018 I posted an article in which I touched upon Warren Buffett’s 2017 Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders. In that article I provided a link to the letter and do so again here for ease of reference. In his letter, Buffett specifically addressed the risks associated with employing the use of debt [...]

By |February 27th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Investing Using Margin Debt Leaves You Vulnerable

Warren Buffett’s 2017 Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders

On Saturday morning, February 24, 2018, Warren Buffett’s much anticipated 2017 Letter to Shareholders was released; Buffett’s Shareholder Letters dating back to 1977 can be accessed here. By the time I compose this post (the afternoon of February 25, 2018) I have already read his letter three times; I will undoubtedly read it several more [...]

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Information On My Historical Investment Performance

Due to my extreme reluctance to publicly disclose all our holdings it has dawned on me that it is quite possible readers will look at the FFJ Portfolio and will think ‘Ho Hum!’. Fair enough. In an effort to address the perception some readers may have, I have put together the following snapshot of screen [...]

By |February 25th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Information On My Historical Investment Performance

How I Reached Financial Freedom Podcast

In a recent interview with Nick McCullum from Sure Dividend I share the investing and personal finance strategies I used to retire in my mid-50s from a career in Canadian banking. Subject matter in this podcast includes: how I got my start in the world of equity investing; thoughts on mutual funds, ETFs, and other [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on How I Reached Financial Freedom Podcast

How Many Stocks Should You Hold in Your Portfolio?

You can either use the 'Rifle' or the 'Shotgun' approach to investing in equities. Personally, I prefer the 'Rifle' approach where I focus on investing in a limited number of high quality companies. Continue Reading....  

By |February 8th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on How Many Stocks Should You Hold in Your Portfolio?

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