2017 – The Year I Taught Myself Investing & Trading

Me: Hi, I placed an order to buy to buy one share of IBM but the order is not going through!!

Questrade Helpline: Sir it’s only 830am, the stock market doesn’t open until 930am.

Me: Oops!! Wow, the things they don’t teach you in business school 😳

I believe that everything in life is a skill. If you are unsatisfied with some area of your life, chances are you lack a skill in that area.

Tip: Most books are available free at the Toronto Public Library.

For me, I lacked skills and knowledge in investing. Business school teaches you how to read a balance sheet, but they don’t teach you how to buy a stock. So I taught myself.

Learning investing is never really ‘urgent’ – most people wait until they’ve accumulated a bunch of wealth and then scramble to figure out what to do with it. Many people hire a financial advisor to figure it out for them. I decided to the opposite. I figured by learning all of this now, the moment I have a windfall of cash I will know what to do with it. I will be able to be my own financial advisor.

Besides that, every working professional has some edge on the market – doesn’t hurt to set aside a small amount for speculative plays 😉

.“If you read three books on any one topic, you are basically an expert compared to the general population”

If you want a book recommendation, give me a shout!

What is my writing style?

My posts generally have the following format:

  • Concise. Posts you can read within 5 minutes.
  • Usually contain a photo.
  • Fall into the following categories: Career updates, TIL (Today I learned), famous quotations, book summaries, life a business student.

I make an effort to write things people would want to read. I.e. I don’t give mundane life updates about what I ate today.

If I have an opinion on something, I usually like to take a strong one. Strong opinions are almost always more interesting than neutral ones.

What is this blog about?

I started this blog for a few reasons:

  • To share my career journey to other business students out there. I want to help others find their career passions and contributions in life.
  • To keep my social circles updated on what I”m doing. A lot of people have helped me to get where I am, and I want to show them that their support is fruitful.
  • To show my work. Derek Sivers is quoted as saying “If your work isn’t online, it basically doesn’t exist. Become a documentarian of your own life.”

Stay focused.

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