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My Investment Foundations Certificate Experience

I love lifelong learning and I always want to keep learning something new, for as long as I live. One of the downsides of being an ambitious learner, is sometimes biting off more than you can chew. This happened to me when I signed up for the full CFA program. I was...

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The Great Brexit Hoax

After the 2008-2009 financial crisis, some people in the UK thought that it couldn't get that bad again. They were wrong. London is learning the hard way that tough times can return sooner than anyone thought. I mean that sympathetically, as I lived in London for 4...

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The Balanced Optimist’s Guide to 2017

What exactly is a balanced optimist? It's someone who tends to be optimistic, but knows that bad things can happen and prepares for it. This is me, and this is my balanced optimists guide to 2017 and onwards. Every year, Bloomberg publishes a Pessimist's Guide to the...

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Buffett’s 1992 Letter – Business Acquisitions

Starting from this post onwards, the 'Lessons from Buffett's Letters' series will have a different title for each post, instead of just the year. This will give the readers a pointer for what's in the post, so they'll know if it'll interest them or not. The 1992...

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GuruFocus 21 Questions Interview

I was recently interviewed by PJ Pahygiannis for the GuruFocus 21 Questions format. You can see the original text at this link. I'm re-posting here for our own blog followers. *** 1. How and why did you get started investing? What is your background? Some of my...

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WordCamp Bucharest 2016

While attending WordCamp Bucharest I took time to enjoy some tourist attractions in the city. The communist/capitalist contrast was fascinating, and I took this photo as an example of it. The building in the background is the former Communist headquarters. In the...

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How to Use a Stock Screener

There are thousands of companies on the public markets. So the natural starting point for stock investors is usually a stock screener. It boils down to finding companies that meet whatever criteria you are looking for. Although using a screener is easy, it poses two...

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How to Take Advantage of Brexit

Brexit is not the end of Britain or Europe. Neither is disintegrating. Not now, and not in the future. A lot of what is being reported in the media right now, cannot be relied upon. Remember that all news is biased. In the long-run, both Britain and Europe will still...

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Lessons from Buffett’s Letters – 1991

What do active traders and pick-up artists have in common? They both focus on the short-term, but wished they had something for the long-term. You might not think it when you talk to them, but it's true. Every letter by Buffett comments on how important a long-term...

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Lessons from Buffett’s Letters – 1990

Things haven't changed much since 1990, when Buffett wrote about accounting shenanigans. "The term "earnings" has a precise ring to it. And when an earnings figure is accompanied by an unqualified auditor's certificate, a naive reader might think it comparable in...

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3 Reasons We Now Offer Membership

In Summer of last year I announced my plan to build the system I wanted for myself and others, the StockCanvas. While working on it, I listened to lots of feedback from everyone I talked to about it. The questions and suggestions I got were valuable. Here's a sample:...

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Leveling Up Our Website Security

Following up on an important post about our website security, we've now chosen an SSL Certificate provider, Comodo. This will make our website even more secure, and will help to protect our website members. Shortly we'll write about why we're developing this site into...

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