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Social Media and Investing – StumbleUpon

Published February 28, 2013
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Introduction As part of our special series on social media and investing, we take a look at the discovery engine and social network, StumbleUpon. What is StumbleUpon? StumbleUpon, founded in 2001, is primarily a discovery engine.  Unlike search-based engines (such as Google), discovery engines are useful for when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking […]

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Educational Resources to Learn About Investing in Junior Mining Stocks

Published February 26, 2013
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Introduction Whether you are Warren Buffet or an ordinary do-it-yourself investor, doing your homework is vital to managing your investments successfully.  Almost all of the experts we’ve talked to have consistently told us the same thing: investors need to do their due diligence before making investment decisions.  Given the risks associated with investing, the advice […]

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Uncovering Junior Miner & Exploration Value and Acquisition Targets – An Interview with Sid Rajeev

Published February 25, 2013
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At the 2013 Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), Sid Rajeev, the head of research at Fundamental Research Corporation, presented his outlook on 2013 and why mergers and acquisitions (M&A) might be something investors want to put on their radar for the upcoming year.  In particular, Rajeev focused on the mining and exploration sectors […]

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Social Media and Investing – Tumblr

Published February 19, 2013
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Introduction There are various resources one can use when researching investing information or investment opportunities. Social media is increasingly becoming one of those channels. We continue our series on using social media tools to discover or learn about investment opportunities, strategies or resources, by focusing on the microblogging platform and social network Tumblr. What is it? […]

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The Mindless Investor Chapter 8 – You Should Not Do Fundamental Analysis

Published February 18, 2013
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In chapter 8 of The Mindless Investor, the spotlight is on a popular approach to investing – fundamental analysis and why, according to Tyler Bollhorn, it is an inefficient approach for most small investors/traders to take when evaluating opportunities to invest in. The apparent popularity of fundamental analysis might not be driven by whether or […]

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Social Media and Investing – Pinterest

Published February 13, 2013
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Pin-vesting Social media is increasingly becoming a channel that people are turning to online in order to learn and research when investing. As part of our series on using  social media tools to discover or learn about investment opportunities, strategies or resources, we start by focusing on the third largest social network known as Pinterest. […]

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Social Media and Investing – Series Introduction

Published February 12, 2013
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Investors are always on the hunt for information that will put them one step ahead of everyone else in the market. In the past, the sources of information for investors included newspapers and television news programs, company annual reports, investment advisors and brokers, the stock exchange itself as well as investor conferences and tradeshows just […]

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Desjardins Group buying a piece of Qtrade

Published February 7, 2013
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Desjardins Group invests in Qtrade for the long-term Desjardins Group, parent to discount brokerage Disnat, announced earlier this week that they are taking a significant ownership stake in Qtrade Financial Group.  Desjardins has committed to purchasing between 25 to 40% of Qtrade’s outstanding shares initially with the option to acquire the remaining shares within six […]

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The Mindless Investor Chapter 7 – Don’t Be Average

Published February 5, 2013
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Chapter 7 of The Mindless Investor focuses on the idea that aiming to be average is only going to get you average results.  In order to outperform the market, individual investors have to be willing to use tools and strategies that are different from “conventional” approaches.  It is important to remember that trading involves one […]

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Questrade Launches Commission Free Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Buying

Published February 4, 2013
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Commission Free ETFs – The New Normal? Earlier this month, Questrade made a major announcement that impacts the commission fees associated with trading or investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs).   Specifically, Questrade has eliminated the commission fees associated with purchasing ETFs so that now any Canadian or American listed ETF is available for purchase commission […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – February 2013

Published February 1, 2013
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This February will be the busiest month for football, love and RRSP deals.  Winning new business is clearly on the minds of big and small discount brokerages with a number of promotions aimed squarely at Canadian investors looking to open RRSP accounts. Kicking off the RRSP-specific deals are a couple transfer deals from the usually […]

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Digging for Opportunities with a Mercenary Geologist – An Interview with Mickey Fulp

Published January 30, 2013
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If there’s one truth about a mercenary – it’s that they mean business. In a resource conference filled with stories, opinions and “potential”, it’s a challenge for professionals and novices alike to identify real opportunities from the pipe dreams.  Enter a mercenary geologist. We had a chance to speak to Mickey Fulp, otherwise known as […]

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3 Tips For Do It Yourself Investors Researching Online

Published January 29, 2013
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In another discount brokerage survey confirming that Canadian do it yourself investors are turning to online resources to help manage their financial futures, TD Direct Investing recently released results of a survey it commissioned in December 2012 that explored the online habits of Canadians.   According to the TD Direct Investing survey, convenience, control and content […]

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Event Review – 2013 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference – Cambridge House International

Published January 28, 2013
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Continuing in its tradition of providing a forum for investors to connect with resource and exploration companies, great speakers and one another, the 2013 edition of the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference by Cambridge House International was by many accounts, a successful event. The official numbers reported over 10,000 individuals in attendance over the two days, […]

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The Mindless Investor Chapter 6 – The Little Guy Has An Advantage

Published January 14, 2013
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Highlights of this Chapter – The Mindless Investor Chapter six of The Mindless Investor looks at the advantages that everyday investors have over the bigger players.  As it turns out, smaller investors have better maneuverability and lower performance hurdles.  What it takes for smaller investors to succeed is a strategy that fits their size. Key […]

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