June 2011

Consumer protection and group buying

Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Investment Information

Group buying describes the practice of purchasing a good or service at significantly discounted prices if a minimum number of buyers make the purchase within a set period of time. Group buying sites typically send to subscribers a “deal of the day.”  Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase the deal by submitting payment information. If [...]

Why do entrepreneurs do so well?

Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Investment Information

The book The Millionaire Next Door found that being a business owner increases the probability of financial independence. Since the release of the book, the lazy analysis from that finding is “if you want to be rich, quit your job and be a business owner!” However, I have met as many broke and bankrupt business [...]

Top 5 reasons to purchase from a small business

Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Misc.

I pleased to work my guest contributor today, Spy Support, who is new to the financial blogsphere. Support Spy is a Customer Support Manager in the Toronto Area and has been a double-agent for about 15 years.  He has learned the secrets of support and can lead you on the easiest road to customer satisfaction.  [...]

“It’s deja vu all over again”- the tech boom (and bust?) part 2

Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Investment Information

The group buying site Groupon filed paperwork with the SEC to launch as a publicly traded company under an initial public offering (IPO).  Hot on the heels of LinkedIn IPO’s and the much anticipated Facebook IPO, one merely has to substitute “information highway” (I feel so 1994) with “social media” and, to quote Yogi Berra, [...]

Where can you go if your severance package is unfair?

Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Jobs

By far the largest number of emails I receive has to do with my posts on severance pay. The questions often have to do with whether an employee received a reasonable package when terminated. The issue always is that “reasonable” is a contextual question both in terms of the personal circumstances of the ex-employee and [...]