I am really honoured to find this blog listed among the best Canadian Investment Blogs in MoneySense magazine, a leading Canadian finance publication. The article by columnist Larry MacDonald is in two parts: the first mentions really good commentators like Bill Cara (check out Mr. Cara’s post about the mention), Irwin Michael and Norm Rothery (of the Stingy Investor). Mr. Michael and Mr. Rothery also write insightful columns for MoneySense.

The second part mentions the hilarious The Market Guy, which I stumbled upon just the other day. He writes mostly about his adventures in income trust investing. I have to confess that I haven’t heard about the other blogs mentioned, but I am going to check out all of them and note down my thoughts over the Victoria Day weekend.

Here’s what Mr. MacDonald said about this blog:
Written by a software developer with a keen interest in investing, this blog has a pleasing design and writing style. There are many links to and reviews of articles, books and blog pieces on investing (and personal finance). It’s good for drawing attention to items you might not otherwise notice. The author goes by the nickname Arbe but his ‘About Me’ button has been disabled — maybe because he has a new job with a big software firm in Ottawa and is trying to play it safe.

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  1. Hi Arbee,
    Congratulations for being voted one of the best Canadian Investment blogs – you really deserve it.
    Frugal Chick

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  3. Does anyone know a good discount broker to replace Ameritrade Canada? I am looking for real time streamer and charting. How can a Canadian use an American discount broker?



  4. My blog is about my company looking for investors, can you give any hints on the best way to approach investors? I am nervous about someone stealing it from under my nose without securing investment FIRST…Thanks

  5. More about Canadian Gold mining stocks please!

  6. Hi John,

    I’d suggest Questrade – but I’m biased because I work there.

  7. Hello.. Just did a search on investment blogs and this site came up #1 on the google search.

    My question is somewhat complicated or maybe not. Perhaps its just my lack of investment knowledge.

    I am a Canadian (non-resident status) living in South Korea as a English Professor. Its now my 3rd year in Korea and i’ve decided to stay for the long haul (5-7 + years). My question is this:

    As a non resident of Canada I don’t have to pay income tax from the money i’ve earned working in Korea. Thats the sole purpose of claiming non residency in Canada. However as a non resident I am very limited to owning property, assests, even a driver license which can change my residency status.

    I am saving about 1500.00 (CDN) per month. I would like to start investing with that spare 1500 per month but dont know where to start.

    All info would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Please take a look at the investment strategy paper on http://www.copstrat.com. Nothing for sale on this site — just an investment research paper and the results of a research model that ran 15 years of monthly data on mutual fund asset classes.

    I am interested in your opinion.

    Thanks, Mal Williams

  9. Jody non-resident expats can own property in Canada. There are many options available. Now especially is a good time to invest in Canadian Real Estate.

  10. I think real estate is always a good investment as it is a great hedge against inflation; however, searching for the right market is extremely important. For example, investing in the Vancouver market today might not be a good short term decision since it seems we could be at a peak. Long term real estate is always a good be though. Most Canadians are over invested in real estate though and should diversify into equities and fixed income instruments as well.

  11. Real Estate investing is indeed a great way to make money. Of course investing for the long term is the best strategy when the local market is not booming.

    If you are interested in short term real estate investing, you have to be working in a hot market. There is no hotter market today than Dubai.

    Check out our new company: DubaiCanada. We have associations with exclusive developpers and resellers of residential projects in Dubai. The returns are absolutely phenomenal. We just had an increase in value of 40%cin 3 months on one of the projects we have available.

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  12. what is the best thing to invest in right now? anybody know?

  13. I put my money in ‘the mattress’.

    I just bought a king pillowtop bed and its awesome! I bought a mattress and someone bought T.Z.un. Go figure.

    To be honest many things are cheap right now. It worries me more that people are stuffing money into mats than actually investing.

    I won’t profess to tell you what to buy right now because nobody knows for sure. I will tell you what i am doing and that is dollar cost averaging in every month into my current funds (which are US, CDN and Overseas).

    I would buy ishares etfs. XFN, XEG, XIN, XSP, and XRB split up in some manner (perhaps 20 % evenly) depending of course on risk tolerances . I tilted it to financials and energy as of today, but to be conservative i would go (XIU 20%, XSP 20%, XIN 20%, XRB 40%)


    At this point in time its not so much ‘what to invest in right now’ but rather ‘what not to invest in?’

    Ok i can’t resist, but one short term pick would be PCA.

  14. Congratulations on being among the best canadian investment blogs.

  15. For most people it would be Great to get ” Return of Investment”
    Not return on investment.
    Let patience be your guide. We need consolidation in 2009.
    Opportunity will come earily in 2010.

  16. Where do they find these managers like Curt Custard. Appointed Dec. 2007 and promptly looses 34 % per annum continually in a monthly income fund. In business these guys get wacked “Kevin O’leary” in mutual funds they get 2 %. It’s ridiculous .

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  18. Just started reading your blog. Looks great. I am trying to learn how to do this myself.

    I am an investment advisor with Research Capital. Any advice?



  19. I thought I should mention two blogs that are investor based with a slant toward resources. http://www.shareknow.net uses calculators that actually tally up the value of mines and exploration companies on a per share basis. They even let you change the tonnage, metal prices, recovery rates etc to suit your preferences. You should also check out http://www.resourceintelligence.net. They interview mining executives, but not in the typical infomercial way. These are actual interviews with CEOs, pressing them on their production models, level of advancement, obstacles, etc. resourceINTELLIGENCE also interviews analysts on each episode to dig deeper into the issues surrounding various resource commodities.

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    I contacted the Globe Investor management and asked why they are blocking content that I was able to read just last week and now its “Blocked” until I make a payment? They wouldn’t answer me and asked me what type of subscriber am I? I told them I have been a free subscriber for more than 10 years and now you are making me pay for this free service…no response. I am now looking for a replacement Investor website that I can use alongside, Seeking Alpha and StockChase, do you have any suggestions for me?