January 12, 2021

Investing Success: Just Plain Luck?


In this post, we will access if our DIY approach is doing better than indexing in the long run. We will also try to determine to what it can be mainly attributed.


Many assume it can only be plain luck. They think DIY investors aka stock pickers can only beat indexing if they are lucky. Lucky to identify and cash in on big winners or to avoid big losses or even both.


In the end, the big question boils down to knowing if DIY Investing is worth the trouble?


We’ll have a look at our own investing situation to have a better idea.


To be clear, indexing is probably a better approach for most people. But we are trying to verify what’s better for us and it definitely may not be better for you.


Why Did We Get into DIY Investing?


Let’s get back to why we got into DIY investing in the first place.


Our initial DIY assumptions were to try to obtain similar capital returns (8%) as our expensive-on-fees mutual funds (indexing was not that accessible yet in those days) but to do a little better on dividends (4% instead of 3%) and fees (almost zero versus 2%). Here, we’ll note that indexing solutions, with fees around 0.5% or even under, are now quite easy to find. In that context, indexing is already much better than archaic mutual funds.


From the start, our overall objective was to make 12% long-term (8% capital + 4% dividends + 0% fees) instead of 9% with our old-fashioned funds (8% capital + 3% dividends - 2% fees).


In fact, doing 2-3% better seemed to be worth the hassle for us.

January 03, 2021

12-Minute Meetings (Revisited)

The 12-Minute Series was originally posted in 2012.

We’ve decided to republish it integrally because we believe it can still help as everyone aspires to make things better.

Let’s hope it stirs up the discussion and stimulates you to change the world 12-Minute at a time!

This article was originally posted on June 12, 2012

Sometimes, meetings can be a drag, especially when your boss likes to listen to himself for endless and countless hours. Furthermore, he’ll probably be upset afterwards because you missed some of his points and you lacked time to complete all your work.

Maybe someone could introduce him to the 12-Minute Segment Rule.

Use The 12-Minute Segment Rule

During a meeting, each speech or presentation should be limited to 12-Minute segments because for most people, the optimum concentration period is only 12 minutes. Beyond that, the average person won’t be able to focus and follow explanations.