Their con­sen­sus: no mat­ter how tal­ent­ed you are, no mat­ter how bril­liant — you must have inter­per­son­al skills to suc­ceed. Many young peo­ple today are so focused on gain­ing tech­ni­cal exper­tise that they lose sight of this key to job suc­cess: traits like empa­thy, con­sid­er­a­tion, lis­ten­ing skills, and the abil­i­ty to resolve con­flicts are fun­da­men­tals in the work­place.

How to buy a stock

Especially if you just have a little money to get started

I think the sim­ple step of how to buy a stock can be a bit over­whelm­ing if you’ve nev­er done it before. New com­pa­nies are try­ing to make it eas­i­er to get start­ed using tech­nol­o­gy to make the pur­chase more approach­able. Stockpile is sim­ply one of the best way to get start­ed build­ing wealth because you can buy shares […]

Raising Financially Fit Kids (2013)

As a par­ent of two small kids and some­one who’s always equat­ed mon­ey with free­dom, I want to make sure I teach my chil­dren sol­id mon­ey val­ues. Joline’s book is great for help­ing par­ents under­stand what chil­dren of a giv­en age can com­pre­hend about mon­ey and how to build a foun­da­tion for sol­id finan­cial val­ues.

I keep this book handy, and con­sult it reg­u­lar­ly. In fact, I even used it for inspi­ra­tion on my own book’s lay­out.

Have you read this book? If you have, let me know what you think in the com­ments.

Fees? What Fees?!

It’s incred­i­ble how unin­formed peo­ple are about their own finances. This arti­cle on the cost of British mutu­al funds is a lit­tle scary: The under­ly­ing prob­lem, at least when it comes to retail clients, is that fund man­agers do not com­pete on price at all. Part of this is due to many investors’ igno­rance. Remarkably, more than […]

Too much choice

Bob Moesta is a guy I fol­low because he real­ly under­stands con­sumers and how they make deci­sions about the prod­ucts they use (or don’t). 1/2 Too much choice dri­ves non-con­sump­tion. Anxiety of being wrong or too much to learn to make a deci­sion. — Bob Moesta (@bmoesta) October 20, 2016 As I was doing research for […]

Embed live market data in a google sheet

Want to track your port­fo­lio with the list amount of effort? Setup a Google Sheet with the infor­ma­tion you want (here’s the land­ing page for the tem­plate we use for the Elephant’s Paycheck, you can save a copy and edit it for your own needs). The rea­son I use Google Sheets is because it makes it easy […]

Building wealth and life experience

From my own expe­ri­ence, earn­ing mon­ey is only part of the bat­tle. Not spend­ing what you earn, and turn­ing it into sus­tain­able wealth is the oth­er part. Possibly the hard­er part. In my book, I talk about my own jour­ney. Having earned a lot before I was 30, I had to learn “what next?”. Without being dri­ven by […]

Canadian dividend investors

I worked with an incred­i­ble team in Montreal, and know I have read­ers and own­ers of my book in Canada. This post is for you, though I can’t take any orig­i­nal writ­ing cred­it on this one. Start with an overview of what it’s like hold­ing US com­pa­nies in a Canadian port­fo­lio. Canadian com­pa­nies that deliv­er investors annu­al div­i­dend […]

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3 Investing truths (that are ridiculously untrue)

I saw the fol­low­ing tweet and relat­ed to James’ sen­ti­ment: “It pays a good div­i­dend” might be the most com­mon, and least informed argu­ment for keep­ing any indi­vid­ual stock. — James Osborne, CFP® (@BasonAsset) September 26, 2016 I love div­i­dends, but “pay­ing a good one” is an awful argu­ment for buy­ing or keep­ing an invest­ment. Other con­tenders […]

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