VIDEO: Wealthsimple Roboadvisor & ETF’s In Explained Laymans Terms

What is Wealthsimple? What is a roboadvisor?  What is an ETF? Why Mutual Funds are a bad investment option?  How can I setup an account?  These questions and many more are explained in this video: What is Wealthsimple? Wealthsimple is a roboadvisor.  Their slogan is “investing on auto pilot” and that boils down to putting your money into the stock market without big fees or complexity. Who Runs Wealthsimple? Their board of directors include some very big names in the…

What the COVID19 Economic Shutdown Tells Us About How Unrealistic The Paris Climate Accord Is

Few people can envision a world with a greater economic shutdown than what we have seen in the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The bright side of this unprecedented collapse is the world has seen skies over industrialized cities cleaned up to a degree many thought impossible. It is an undeniable fact that COVID19 shutdown has shown us what is possible and that is the problem. COVID19 Pandemic Cleared the Air On the up side take a look at this excellent two minute…

Michael Moore Presents Planet of the Humans – The Fact & The Fiction

I recently had the opportunity to watch “Michael Moore Presents Planet of the Humans” and while I expected it was going to be about how the math of some forms of “green” energy just doesn’t add up environmentally, it turned out to be something completely different. Where is the Energy Fairy? It turns out that there is no energy fairy. The green Illuminati does seem to have convinced the green masses that they have to wait for a magical energy…

VIDEO: Should The Government Set Price Controls & Bail Out Companies During Extended Crisis?

As someone that works in Alberta’s oil and gas exploration industry that was just notified his company is pulling out of Canada before the end of 2020, I can understand how government bailouts and price controls are initially appealing to many.  However, both price controls and bailouts significantly distort markets, causing all of us unnecessary pain. WHAT’S WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS? Much more importantly bailouts encourage companies to take risks or fail to plan for the future so they can…

VIDEO: Fracking Shale Oil is a Ponzi Scheme That is Finally Collapsing

Shale oil has been driven by investors with few places to put their money deciding that oil US and Canadian oil plays MIGHT work out. The fracking revolution (a.k.a the Shale Revolution) never made financial sense and investors started fleeing the business in 2019. By 2020 once booming areas like the Permian (under Texas and Oklahoma) have proven to be losers. If it takes $10 million and 2 years to get $8 million dollars in return, investors are not happy.…

A Guide to ECommerce: Amazon vs Ebay vs Alibaba vs TaoBao vs DHgate vs Banggood vs Tmall vs AliExpress

Those of us in the West have been using ecommerce sites lite Amazon and eBay since the dawn of the internet in the mid-1990’s, but as is often the case those who start second learn from others mistakes and are even more successful.  Today every chain retailer has an ecommerce site but there are a few giant Chinese companies that are poised to take over the world. There are dozens of highly successful ecommerce players in the Chinese market but…

After Oil & Gas: What Else Can Alberta Do?

After 50 years of serious oil and gas expansion it is time to rethink the options for Alberta’s economy.  In every downturn, large or small, there is talk of “Western diversification” but nothing much seens to change.  This time, it needs to be different. Is Calgary or even Edmonton as dependent on oil and gas as it was in the 1980’s and 1990’s?  Definitely not, but if oil and gas jobs were cut in half those economies would collapse and…

The Top 25 – Global Oil Production By Country

We have seen gasoline prices plummet to as low as USD$1.29/gallon in the United States and CDN$0.58/liter in Canada.  We knew that: the United States became the worlds largest producer of oil a few years ago thanks largely to the fracking revolution, and Russia and Saudi Arabia were quickly expanding production but we didn’t really have a grasp on scale. How big is the global oil market and where major oil producing countries like Canada, Iraq, Mexico and Venezuela lie…

Why Is Gas So Cheap Right Now? … and it isn’t Because of COVID-19

We have received several comments from readers and friends saying that they expect gas prices to stay at this historical low rates because COVID-19 (see our new videos: How COVID Ends and COVID vs Spanish Flu vs SARs vs MERS) will likely drag out low demand for many months or even years.  In Calgary you can buy gasoline at just $.58/liter and in New York, you can get it for as low as $1.69/ gallon! It is common sense the…

VIDEO: The Future of the Energy Industry 2020-2023

David Book, Managing Director of Clearview Energy Partners, does an excellent job of crystallizing the known issues and outcomes for the oil and gas industry over the next few years.  Topics include: COVID-19 Trump Reelection Russia’s Tax Structure Saudi Pools of Cash De-Globalization Innovation   .

50 Days of Action – Complete Coronavirus COVID-19 Early Timeline

The Wuhan coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19, has near constant media coverage and it is now difficult to see the forest for the trees.  There is so much information it is easy to loose the big picture. We are now at 50 days with the coronavirus and it is safe to say that more money and effort has been put into this public health emergency than any other in human history.  To make these events comprehensible, we have a reviewed…

Do The Wet’suwet’en Chief’s Trying to Block The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Speak for the Wet’suwet’en People?

With all the talk of Indigenous rights being trampled on by governments and big oil, you are probably not surprised by the blockades that have poped up, reportedly in support of the Wet’suwet’en.  The problem is, the Wet’suwet’en Chiefs DO support Coastal GasLink. “What?!?!” you say, “How can this be?  I have seen Wet’suwet’en Chiefs saying they have not been consulted and do not approve” Well, it turns out that the “Chiefs” you see on TV really aren’t Chief’s in…

A Story of Action: The Complete Early Coronavirus Timeline

This site has a focus on China but has been avoiding the Wuhan coronavirus because we could not add useful information to the cause.  Today we reviewed many press releases and articles to develop a useful timeline of events relating to the coronavirus: CLICK TO EXPAND GRAPHIC At this point some of the facts are becoming fuzzy so here is the timeline of the first 45 days with coronavirus:   Date Wuhan Coronavirus Details Dec 28 2019 Pneumonia cases linked…

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO: Highlights of The Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie

If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video.  We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public. If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long: Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from…