Why interest rates might go up in 2015 – and what it means to you and your mortgage

Predicting the economy is a complex business (and very lucrative for those who get it right). In reality, though, interest rates are affected by so many things across the global economy, that looking far ahead is almost impossible. With interest rates at an all-time sustained low, many commentators are predicting a rise in interest rates…Continue Reading

How Did Some of the Experts and Publications Stock Picks Do in 2014?

Articles that make blanket statements like “these are the stocks to own in X year” drive me absolutely bananas.  It feeds the need for instant results and worse there doesn’t seem to be an accountability when the idea fails to beat the market.  Investing should be done on a multi-year maybe multi-decade approach, so it…Continue Reading

Almost No Type of Porn Should be Outlawed

I haven’t had a good political rant in quite some time, but I couldn’t believe last week when I found out that the United Kingdom banned the production of some types of porn.  The list of banned porn in the UK includes, Spanking Caning Aggressive whipping Penetration by any object “associated with violence” Physical or…Continue Reading

WSJ Provides Some Nice Reminders about Investing

With the market hitting a new high almost weekly it was refreshing to see an article that I originally found in the Saturday edition of the WSJ (although it looks like it was reprinted with permission).  The article titled, “Sweet 16: Rules for Investors” by Morgan Housel reminds us of some fundamental truths during this…Continue Reading

Risky Investments and Recovering From a Substantial Stock Loss

Earlier this year I swore off gambling in the stock market, vowing to keep my investments just that, investments.  Well the investment club I am involved still has an appetite for it.  I actually don’t mind because this provides me with some exposure to that world without risking “my” money (yes, some of it is…Continue Reading