November 2009

Tips to effectively build your business from a home office

Posted by on November 11, 2009 in entrepreneur

I have to admit my bias upfront. I hate working from a home office. I suppose I was weaned in the old school culture of work-dress up, attend to your office to attend to work- and I enjoy the ceremony of going to work even if I don’t appreciate the armpits in my face in [...]

The problem with specialized ETFs

Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Investment Products

The recent marketing wars between the mutual fund industry and supporters of exchange traded funds adopts a rather dogmatic characterization of the two products akin to the Star Wars movies. The mutual fund Empire, inherently evil and a scourge to all low-fee loving citizens of the galaxy, is a lumbering giant weakened greatly by some [...]

5 tips on saving money while shopping

Posted by on November 9, 2009 in Money Saving Techniques

I  welcome our guest blogger, Steven from Grocery Alerts Canada, who shares his tips on saving money while shopping. When my wife and I started dating she thought I had a shopping addiction. I just enjoy shopping. If you enjoy shopping as much as I do, I have five tips to share that will help [...]

What does it mean when Buffett buys railways and India buys gold?

Posted by on November 5, 2009 in Investment Information

This week’s economic news was dominated by two large transactions. Warren Buffett announced that Berkshire Hathaway will be purchasing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) for $34 billion dollars. Within the same 24 hour span, the Reserve Bank of India bought $6.7 billion worth of gold from the IMF, pushing up the price of gold [...]

Effective negotiation strategies: does nice actually work?

Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Negotiations

Have you ever negotiated with anyone- spouse, boss, landlord, vendor- and hit a roadblock and simply thought or said “but I am such a nice person, why can’t they agree with me?” The “nice card” is played all the time in negotiations by both sides. Think of purchasing a home when the vendor says they [...]

Do “too big to fail” banks create shareholder value?

Posted by on November 3, 2009 in Investment Information

Last week, ING of Netherlands, the world’s largest financial institution by revenue earlier this year, announced it would be breaking itself up into separate banking, insurance, asset management and U.S. internet banking companies.  Although prompted in large measure by regulatory pressure, the move has generally been praised for streamlining the business model to focus on [...]

Observations from an investment seminar

Posted by on November 2, 2009 in Investment Information

I was invited to an investment seminar last week on successful strategies for a wealthy retirement. Over the course of dinner, we were presented some information on planning for retirement. I wanted to share just a few tidbits of information and observations. Superior investment returns depends on setting out and sticking to a business plan [...]