I’m often asked “What possessed you to write a book on the life story and investment journey of your father?”

Believe me, over the past three-and-a-half years I’ve asked myself the same question on multiple occasions.

The motivation behind writing my book is simple. I wrote it because it’s a story that needed to be told.

It’s not often that one comes across an individual who has painstakingly and methodically tracked their own investment results over a period of decades. My father takes it a step further than most. He has tax returns and net worth statements dating back to the 1940’s… on ordinary green accounting paper. No need for fancy Excel spreadsheets or Google docs.

How many people do you know in their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s who are still investing aggressively? How many people, let alone retirees, do you know who have devised and are actually following a strategy for dramatically reducing and deferring taxes in order to increase compounding? How many retirees do you know who are making not only a six-figure retirement income, but are earning $300,000/year and paying an average of 15% tax on their retirement income?

My father’s success with his investment program and portfolio was unlikely and probably shouldn’t have happened. He didn’t have the knowledge, experience or team of advisers normally associated with successful investors.

He knows how to use a computer… but barely. My kids would argue that I’m the same, so I guess I’m a chip off the old block.

Although Dad has a strong aptitude for math (he completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics) the math he used to achieve his success is basic. If you understand how simple interest and compound interest work you’ll instantly grasp the basic underpinnings of his program.

My Dad is different. I wrote this book to show you that you don’t have to fit into a particular mold or stereotype to be a successful investor. Dad prefers to let his numbers tell the story, but his life journey is so much more than just investing and the stock market.

It’s was during his youth on the family farm in Depression-era Saskatchewan that he developed his patience, perseverance and discipline… key qualities that have played a major role in his long-term investment success.

It’s these stories and lessons that I want to share with you. Whether you prefer to read on desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet we aim to bring you down-to-earth investment advice and wisdom passed down through the generations.

Haven’t got your copy of the book yet? I’d like to share the first few lines of the foreword with you. Written by Ken Corba, it gives you a hint of the book’s flavor and style:

“It was during October 2003 on a crisp, clear early afternoon in Buenos Aires. Doug Hodgins and I were sitting in an outdoor café called La Biela. Unusual for me in my adult life, I had nothing I needed to do that afternoon and nowhere I needed to be. We were simply enjoying a rich cup of coffee and the sights and sounds of the bustling Recoleta district.

At some point, as we became a bit philosophical, Doug turned to me and said, “Have I ever told you about my father’s investment story?”

Click here to read the rest of the foreword

Book Launch Party!

I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to the 105 friends, colleagues and clients who helped launch the book in style at Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver on Saturday October 26th, 2013.

I deeply appreciate all your inspiration, encouragement and support in joining me to celebrate this significant life accomplishment.

A special thanks to a very talented team of professionals: writer Josh Hergesheimer, book and cover designer Nathan Waddington, cover designer and illustrator Yvonne Ren and editor Naomi Pauls for helping to create the book of my dreams…

Click here to view the event photos from the book launch party.

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