Stock Talk - Ep 82 - There are no bad investing questions - Part 2


RANT ALERT! In episode 66, I went on a bit of a rant after a blogger said I was asking the wrong investing question in that performance shouldn't play a factor in investing. A common feeling people who start investing experience is intimidation, especially from the financial services industry. They feel like they are being talked down and become hesitant to learn more and ask questions. This plays into to investment industry's hands. To give you another example, in this episode, I share with you a question person asked about robo advisors, and the response that was provided by someone who works in the financial services industry. The response made me really angry but at the same time didn't surprise me as it was a typical response I would expect.

Stock Talk - Ep 77 - Viewer Mail


Since I started doing Stock Talk in podcast and video forms, I've noticed something. It appears the most popular episodes are the one's where I've shared responses that I've offered to people that have sent me questions or responses that I've given in personal finance and investing groups. The great thing is these questions are not really that personal and I feel many, many people can benefit and learn from. It appears you feel the same way! So I plan to do more of these type of podcasts in the future. Here's my latest edition where I answer questions ranging from "What is an SEC 10-K Report?" to "What are the fundamental skills for investing in stocks?" to finally "How does investing in stocks work?". These are amazing, elegant, and powerful questions form a important foundation for investing. 

Stock Talk - Ep 72 - Making stock markets great again!


There's been a lot of angst and worry and hysteria thanks to the newly elected Mad King and his minions. You won't find any of that on Wall Street these days. Every is awesome!  Aman shares some of the current psychology that is pervading the trading floors and counters of Wall Street.

Stock Talk - Ep 70 - Mind body soul and investment decisions


This episode is a bit of a catch-up episode in that I touch base on a variety of interesting behavioural investing observations, starting with my own recent investment decisions and layering on some observations on how easily we can be swayed to take investment decisions that we really have no business taking. Finally I touch on a recent trend in the investing space where professionals are adding a little Zen to their investment decision making process. 

Stock Talk - Ep 67 - Book Report - Victory Lap Retirement


In this episode, Aman provides some interesting updates from his previous episode where he was critiqued by a blogger regarding his use of questions as it pertains to the performance of his robo portfolio. It's also an episode of firsts as Aman presents his first book report since Grade 3. One of his goals this year is to read some of the personal finance books that have been piling up in his house. Aman's book report is on the book, Victory Lap Retirement, written by Mike Drak and Jonathan Chevreau.

Stock Talk - Ep 63 - Mad Kings, Wall Street and Hot Tub Time Machines

The recent proclamation by the Donald (aka The Mad King) and his Wall Street minions of the desire to jump into a Hot Tub Time Machine and go back to 1999, a time where financial regulation was unfettered is a call to action for investors. Aman shares his thoughts on how the Financial Crisis became his A-Ha moment for starting his investment coaching practice and how we can take proactive steps to ensure we don't repeat the same mistakes of yesterday.

Stock Talk - Ep 62 - What really drives stock prices


When I teach and mentor people how to buy and sell stocks and ETF's, the learnings revolve around understanding what makes stock prices go up and down. I teach people how to read and interpret financial statements, assess risk, valuation, developing an investment decision framework, learning and managing our emotions. These are core pillars to framing an investment decision. There is also one other very important factor that can drive stock prices and for the most part we ignore it and take it often for granted. Given the events of the past few weeks, this factor has become has now entered the discussion. 

Josh Brown of the Reformed Broker blog, wrote a fantastic piece called Stock Markets and the Rule of Law which reintroduces us...all of to the importance that the rule of law has in how business functions. In this episode I weigh with my own thoughts about this and how it has made take pause in how I am currently framing my own personal investment decisions. 

Stock Talk - Ep 60 - Millennials and sustainable investing


In this episode, Aman shares some observations on how the financial services industry are targeting Millennials with sustainable investing products, even though the track records of these type of products are not the greatest. The industry's response is they are just giving what people want. Unfortunately it might not be in the investors best interest. Aman also shares his personal story of how his robo adviser tried to upsell him into adding a sustainable investment component to his portfolio. In the end even though an investment product may be compatible from a personal values perspective, it is still important to do your own research to determine if the investment is truly consistent with your investment plan and ideology. 

Stock Talk - Ep 59 - Alternative facts and investing

I actually had a totally different working title for this episode but recent events have introduced a term that somehow fits where I'm going with this episode. I'm afraid that what I'm going to say is going to ruffle some feathers in the personal finance blogging community. 

When I started out as an investment coach, I spent a fair bit of time teaching people how to filter financial information from traditional sources like financial statements and brokerage reports. Recently I find myself adding an additional layer, which is reading and interpreting financial blogs as more and more I am finding blogs that are producing content that is paid or sponsored content, which is worrying to me as it casts some doubt in terms of the objectivity of the information being presented. I'm a bit conflicted in that I know people who do this and write some wonderful and thought provoking pieces, yet when I read a post that is sponsored I feel some of that "purity" or objectivity is lost, which I'm sure is what drives initially a lot of people to blog or do podcasting. The whole notion of social media influencers which corporations have pursued in their marketing strategy appears to be making its way through the personal finance genre. In this episode I weigh into what appears to be a growing phenomena and offer some takes if this a good thing for investors.