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Why Did Microsoft Buy Activision Blizzard?

Microsoft (MSFT) announced today that it will be acquiring Activision Blizzard (ATVI) in an all-cash deal valued at $68.7 billion—$95.00 per ATVI share. This comes as a huge splash in the Big Tech space, as virtually all companies have been aiming to develop interactive entertainment content. This will...
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October 2021 Portfolio Update – Enter the Metaverse

The beautiful changing leaves of September have all but wilted away. In times like these, the best solace is the regularly scheduled, proverbial dividend cheques as they hit one’s digital trading account. Speaking of which, I’ve had several recent discussions with those concerned their energy bills will be...
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August 2021 Portfolio Update – Just a Little Patience

August seemed to go just as quickly and inconspicuously as it came. There were no doubt plenty of distractions along the way—cryptocurrency turbulence, the usual debates over what the Federal Reserve needs to do with policy, and so on. However, the stock market ultimately did what it has...
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July 2021 Portfolio Update – Delta Rising

Just as signs were pointing to a lifting of restrictions, the July period was marked with the rising tide of the Delta variant of COVID-19. This put a dampening on talks of full reopening in Ontario. All the same, my portfolio continued performing well and the dividends never...
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Mental Models – How to Use them in Everyday Life

Developing sound approaches to problem solving is the simplest way to improve life outcomes. Effective choices stem from well-developed, pragmatic mental models that go deeper than the surface layer. The best problem solvers recognize that a toolbox requires more than just a hammer. Why? Not every problem is...
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June 2021 Portfolio Update – Lockdowns Unhinged

This portfolio update comes with an abundance of optimism. COVID lockdowns are lightening. Restaurants are open for serving guests and the warmer weather is here. I’ve already had the opportunity to visit quite a few of my favourite establishments; it’s great to see so many familiar faces. Perhaps...
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May 2021 Portfolio Update – AAPL of my Eye

It seems I’ve fallen behind on tracking my dividends. Finalizing this article on July 11, I am able to reflect on how pronounced the differences have been from the beginning of the year to this portfolio update. 2021 began with a heavy push for COVID vaccinations and there...
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April 2021 Portfolio Update – Lockdown 2.0

As April kicked off, Ontario was plunged back into a COVID lockdown. At the time of writing in mid-May, the situation persists and is expected to extend even into June. While lockdowns fall outside of my sphere of influence, what I can control is how much I invest...
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March 2021 Portfolio Update – The Crypto Plunge

In Canada, March is one of the most hopeful of months. As the snow melts, we can finally see the light As the melt begins and we prepare for that warmer weather, dividend growth investors settle in to count their dividends—which is always the best part. Dividend Summary...
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