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Saranac Lake Camping – Lake Placid

Saranac Lake Camping – Lake Placid

The long weekend of May 2017 I had a chance to camp at Lake Saranac on a Private Island ! It was a last minute event organized by my friend and I couldn’t pass up the chance to say I camped on a private island . You could only get to the islands using boats  – we were 8 people with two campsites rented on an island with two boats rented between us. How to book the campsite ? You…

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Snapchat – Short Term Trading

Snapchat – Short Term Trading

This is one of my favorite stocks to speculate in. I usually keep a few stocks on my watch list and keep track of the range the stock trades in. Whenever I notice a significant pull back – I will step in to buy.  Some stocks I keep only for a short time – others for long.  My short term trades are usually in my TFSA and longer term trades in my RRSP. I have previously done short term trading…

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My First Bitcoin Purchase !

My First Bitcoin Purchase !

Since I have heard of bitcoin ( cia 2010) I have wanted to own some. Just never managed to spend the time to buy any ! I lost my opportunity to buy it when it was at $10 and when it was over $100. So I decided I am going to buy some when it is around $3000 !  Hopefully, I don’t look back and cringe at this post. One of the reasons I want to buy bitcoin is that…

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My Food Experience In Chicago

My Food Experience In Chicago

On my five day trip to Chicago I was really looking forward to trying out some yummy food places.  Below are some of the places I visited and my ramblings about each place. Lou Malnati’s – I have always associated deep dish pizza with Chicago and was really excited to try it for the first time. Maybe my expectation was too high. I liked the deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, but it wasn’t mind blowing as I was expecting…

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Bitcoin Investing Introduction

Bitcoin Investing Introduction

I been hearing lots about bitcoin lately – I remember hearing about in 2011 and thinking maybe I should buy some. Never followed through with it – procrastination is a bitch. This time I am going to spend some time to see if I can understand it, and if it makes sense for me to invest in it. Reddit has about good introductory post about bitcoin. I recommend you watch all the videos from the link. Coindesk has some good…

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Stock Indexes and Stock Exchanges

Stock Indexes and Stock Exchanges

What is a stock and an exchange ?  Simple explanation Good visualization of the major stock indexes in the world. This site provides a quick daily price overview of some of the major stock indexes of the world. In the same site from above you can get a quick view of the performance % of various time periods. It is a quick way of looking at the performance of the difference indexes . Each morning I watch various shows and…

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Investing Philosophy

Investing Philosophy

My Investing Philosophy over the last year has been to research and identify stocks that I believe will do well over the next year , and invest in those stocks. I define to do well as a return > 10%. I invest primarily in companies with little to no debt  and investment grade credit rating. I tend to worry a lot about market crashes and how best to diversify my portfolio so I can minimize losses when they do occur….

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Investing Ideas – Seasonality Trading

Investing Ideas – Seasonality Trading

  Don Vialoux’s Top Picks: May 8, 2017 – Don Vialoux is a Technical and Seasonal trader that trades based on patterns. Fascinating to listen to him. Take away – When VIX spikes you don’t want to be in the market. Look at the moving average of the major stock indexes – if it is above its 50 day moving average stay in the market and if it goes below, be careful. Also check out his website – www.timingthemarket.ca ….

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VIX Options – What is it ? And should you use them ?

VIX Options – What is it ? And should you use them ?

As an investor I am familiar with VIX. It stand for Volatility Index – and is a measure of the amount of volatility in the market and investor’s sentiment –  sometimes it is also referred to as a fear index. More about it here  . If you don’t like to read there is a good video explaining what it is. Good resource for further education – from the originators of VIX. I looked at the various option prices of the…

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Update on Current Stock Positions – As of May 1 , 2017

Update on Current Stock Positions – As of May 1 , 2017

I have recently taken some profits and did some short term plays – trades I held for under two weeks.  Some updates below. I sold my position in Air Lease Corporation – This was one of my top recommendations. It was a good recommendation. I made 22% on this stock over a 7 month holding period. I bought SNAP and LAC.TO two weeks ago. They are both stocks I recommended against investing in for long term. You can read the…

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