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Be sure to check out my featured article starting on Pg. 268 of Robin Speziale’s new (FREE) book:

Guest Feature: An Outsider Look at General Electric

July 2, 2019

Happy Canada Day!  Hopefully this article is a nice start to your first day back to work.  I am proud to introduce my second, but not any less important, guest writer: Mark Letchumanan.  Today’s post comes almost 4 months after Mark first submitted to me this writing on GE’s new CEO.  Fortunately, Mark’s words are timeless.  I hope you find as much value from his insight as I did.

2017 Annual Investment Review

May 10, 2018

Hey Everyone,

The email is about an hour read, so for the 90% of you who have more important things to do, the sections are outlined in big, bold font in the following order:

  1. Results
  2. Portfolio
  3. Performance Analysis
  4. Lessons Learned in 2017
  5. My Thoughts On…
  6. Current Opportunities 2018
  7. New Resources

How to Finance Your Slurpees

April 10, 2018

Good Afternoon All!

Today I write to you regarding one of Canada’s market darlings.

There are few Canadian companies who have grown their earnings ten-fold (26% CAGR) over the last ten years. Here’s an exhaustive list of the companies we know that have managed to do that:

In the Footsteps of Buffet: More Value, Morguard

March 21, 2018

Hey Everyone,

It’s been awhile since I last emailed. But fear not, I have no shortage of topics to discuss. Today’s email is about a 10 minute read.

At the beginning of this week I invested in a company that I just recently discovered. Do I think it’s a necessary part of your portfolio? No, but if you’re interested in real estate, or looking for diversification, I think you will do well with this company. If you’re on Reddit, you may have seen my post on this already. I have expanded on it after feedback, but to augment this email, I’ll also quickly address some other market opportunities:

Death & Taxes…or Bitcoin

January 5, 2018

Hey Everyone,

I’ve deliberated long and hard on whether I should write an email about the current cryptocurrency craze, and ultimately my decision was made for me. One of my favourite bloggers just wrote an excellent article on the topic:

Canada’s Berkshire Hathaway

November 16, 2017

Hey All,

Hope you’re all doing well.  I’ve been quite busy this week, but not for school as I typically am.  Today I got consumed by a few companies that I revisited after being inspired by the “Top Picks” of my favourite equity analysis company, 5i research, on BNN:

Buying Opportunity: CCL Industries

August 9, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Quick note on one of our favourite companies, CCL Industries (CCL.B). They’ve been on a steady decline for a couple months now, and granted they are quite a popular holding in many portfolios, so perhaps they were a bit richly valued. That being said, yesterday I read their earnings report and it was one of the most impressive I’ve read yet. So why are their shares dropping?

Cineplex Disappoints

August 2, 2017

Update: You may have noticed Cineplex stock has performed quite miserably since this post.  This is a great example of someone (me) presenting lots of facts yet getting it entirely wrong.  I describe my mistakes and lessons in my 2017 Annual Review, which I highly recommend reading after this.

Good Morning Everyone,

Woke up to some great news this morning! Investors aren’t impressed with Cineplex’s most recent earnings report which opened up a fantastic buying opportunity.  So why weren’t investors impressed?  Well check out the report here:


April 4, 2017

Good Morning Everyone,

Usually I discuss companies that I would recommend for your portfolio, but today I want to discuss one that didn’t quite make the cut.

Marijuana Stocks

March 27, 2017

That’s what they’re always called.  Nobody ever calls them “marijuana companies” because most marijuana investors aren’t buying companies, just ticker symbols.


March 19, 2017

Hey everyone,

I have yet again discovered a fairly high risk/reward company, and yet again it was because of (but way after) The Motley Fool (I may eventually get a subscription tbh).

The Future of Energy

February 25, 2017

Hello All,

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Alberta Ecotrust’s 2017 Environmental Gathering on behalf of my employer, and earlier this week our CEO also made a site visit in which he discussed the outlook for energy.

According to our CEO, Canada has put together a variety of “plans” to achieve our GHG goals by 2050, and I was surprised by their conclusions:


November 26, 2016

Hey All,

Shopify is a company I recently discovered that goes against nearly every investment tenet I have ever stood for, including:

US Election

November 5, 2016

Hello All,

You may have noticed that North American stocks have been falling quite consistently lately. In fact, the US S&P 500 has fallen for 9 days straight, the most in 36 years. In light of the surprising Brexit vote, people are obviously quite scared that Trump might actually win the US election.


July 21, 2016

Based on my last email, I realized that it is currently an incredible opportunity to buy shares of Linamar (LNR).


July 21, 2016

I stumbled upon this brilliant Youtube series on value investing and how to buy quality companies (whether through stocks or otherwise).


July 21, 2016

Hey guys,

Been awhile, hope everyone’s doing swell. Quick note on Questrade. The Globe & Mail does brokerage comparisons every year and their 2015 one is here. Didn’t realize I was getting robbed by TD via commissions until I looked at their competitors. Did a bunch more research a found Questrade to be the best value. Some highlights:

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