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Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone

                                  I saw this and found it fascinating.  Show this to the kids so they can see how primitively we all used to live. … Continue reading

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“Don’t Hold Your Breath for Amazon Prime-Air Drone Delivery”

Amazon.com was profiled on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.  The video (shown below if you missed it) features a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing (albeit unprofitable) company, and an announcement by CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon is developing flying robots … Continue reading

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13 Tips for Jobless Grads on Surviving the Basement Years

13 Tips for Jobless Grads on Surviving the Basement Years I feel the one of the toughest times in a young person’s life is the period between the point they graduate up until they land that first “real” job (i.e. a … Continue reading

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The Coming Retirement Burden

The Coming Retirement Burden This is a US article but the message and facts equally apply to Canadians.  CPP is, for the most part, a pay-as-you-go wealth distribution scheme, meaning your CPP deductions are simply transferred to a current retiree in … Continue reading

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The Future of Shopping

The Future of Shopping One of my favourite writers, Megan McArdle, writes about how shopping has changed with the emergence of ‘showrooming’.  Showrooming is where one visits a big-box store only to see the physical product.  They do not, however, … Continue reading

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The Insourcing Boom

The Insourcing Boom An economic axiom has prevailed that America would  never again be able to compete for manufacturing jobs against rival countries with their rock-bottom labour costs.   This Atlantic article talks about General Electric and their storied Kentucky ‘Appliance … Continue reading

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Khan Academy: The Future of Education?

Recent postings have questioned whether college is a lousy investment and predicting that college would be free in ten years .   Along this topic, I feel Khan Academy is one of the coolest websites today.   Khan Academy offers online courses … Continue reading

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Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years

Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years After a prior posting discussing “Is College a Lousy Investment” I thought this related to that and was interesting.  Some will look at this as a positive and some will say this … Continue reading

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Should We Worry About Rising Interest Rates?

Should We Worry About Rising Interest Rates? The math of bonds is as follows:  When interest rates go down (like they have now for such a long period) bond prices rise and investors can enjoy capital gains in addition to … Continue reading

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