Archives May 2016

Why You Should Buy Gold If You Foresee Deflation, Not Inflation (CGL)

Last update on May 30, 2016.

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Conventional wisdom says that we should buy gold when we expect to see high inflation. The argument is simple: gold prices generally keep up with the rate of inflation, so when inflation is high, gold prices  should rise.

Five years ago, as gold prices approached $1,900 USD/oz (U.S. dollars an ounce), a stream of endless talking heads appeared on business TV channels and newspapers to promote the idea that gold was headed to $4,000 USD/oz or more.

Their reasoning was simple.

The Federal Reserve, which is ...

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How To Create Your Own Optimized Portfolios

Last update on May 23, 2016.

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A couple of months ago, I surveyed MoneyGeek’s members to understand which new features they most wanted to see. Of all the options I made available, the members most often requested the ability to create their own optimized portfolios.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, portfolio optimization is a process which takes a number of investments and outputs a portfolio allocation that minimizes the portfolio’s risk without sacrificing potential returns. For example, if we specify that we want a portfolio that consists of Stocks A, B and C, portfolio ...

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Valuation Models for Tourmaline Oil and Bellatrix Exploration

Last update on May 16, 2016.

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On the third Monday of each month, I’ll comment on the performance of the premium portfolios and provide some additional analysis related to individual stocks. In this article, I will also present and explain my valuation models for Tourmaline Oil (Ticker: TOU.TO) and Bellatrix Exploration (Ticker: BXE.TO).


Premium Portfolio News

The performance of MoneyGeek's premium portfolios for the month of April 2016 were as follows: 


Apr 2016

Last 12 Months

Since Apr 2013

Moderately Aggressive




Very Aggressive

-0 ...

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My TFSA Update April 2016 - Oil Supply and Demand Update

Last update on May 9, 2016.

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In this series, I (Jin Choi) talk about my goal of reaching $1 million in my TFSA account by 2033. If you want to know what a TFSA is, I recommend you read my free book. In addition, in this post, I’ll give an update on my view of where the oil markets stand.


April Results: Up 7.3%

At the end of April, I had $62,590 in my TFSA account, which is up by 7.3% since the end of last month. By comparison, the Canadian stock ...

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The Stronger Canadian Dollar And Its Effect On MoneyGeek's Portfolios

Last update on May 2, 2016.

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At the beginning of every month, I brief members on how MoneyGeek's regular portfolios have performed and comment on the state of the financial markets. In this update, I’ll also comment on the strengthening Canadian dollar.


Performance of Regular Portfolios

The performance of MoneyGeek's regular portfolios for the month of April 2016 were as follows:



Last Month

Last 12 Months

Since Apr 2013

Slightly Aggressive

 -1.3%  +2.9%  +48.9%


 -1.1%  +3.0%  +40.7%

Slightly ...

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