Getting Screwed Out of Your Hard-Earned Capital: How CDs and GICs Are Rip-Offs for Long-term Investing


  Is there such a thing as a guaranteed rate of return? There seems to be a trend for people to “flock to safety” by buying certificates of deposit (CDs) or their Canadian equivalent, guaranteed investment certificates (GICs). There is no risk if a capital loss, at least in nominal terms.   However, money is… [Read More]

How Did These Unconventional Investments Moves Do In 2011?


Last year, I wrote about 3 Unconventional Investment Moves to Make in 2011. This was a look at a few unconventional investment moves that went against the grain of common wisdom at the time. When the herd is running in one direction, it might be for a good reason, but sometimes, there are benefits to running… [Read More]

The 3 Stages of Financial Freedom


Last week, I talked about the three stages of financial despair. We all want to get out of the rat race, but before we get there, we need to get out of the hole and onto level ground. Financial freedom Financial independence is one of my life-long dreams. I don’t really believe in the “traditional… [Read More]

The CAPE: How to Beat Stocks With a 50–50 Portfolio


This is a guest post by Mathieu Bouville, PhD What on Earth is the CAPE? The price-earnings ratio (P/E) is a common tool for valuing a stock or a group of stock (such as an index). A difficulty is that there are multiple choices for the earnings. One generally uses forecasts, but these are basically… [Read More]

Why Are Gold Prices Skyrocketing?


The following is a guest post by Great Credit Score. As economic uncertainty dominates the news, the price of gold continues to maintain its high price. In fact gold has spiked so significantly since the 2008 mortgage crisis that most experts think it could be looked at as nothing less than a bubble (especially in… [Read More]