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…

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…

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: The Economic & Social Benefits of a 4 Day Work Week

What are the benefits of a 4 day work week, has a 4 day work week been tried and do workers support a 4 day work week? A recent study by the Henley Business School in Reading England had employees showed: 51% Were able to save cost 59% Employees spend more time developing their skills 62% Our employees are off ill less 63% It helps our organization attract and retain the right talent 63% They produce better quality work Ulm,…

VIDEO: The Environmental Case to Canadian & American Energy

To someone living in the US or Canada, it probably appears that the whole world wants to shut down the oil and gas energy industry, but a slightly closer look shows nothing is further from the truth.  Western energy is correctly considered the both the saviour of the third world and the environment. Rex Murphy recently interviewed Modern Resources CEO Chris Slubicki in a deep dive into the how oil and gas from the western world, specifically, Canada, the US…

VIDEO: Microsoft Increased Productivity 40% in Japan By Taking Fridays Off

It may be counter intuitive but Microsoft actually increased output by 40% in its 2500 person Japanese operations by mandating three day weekends in August 2019.  Most of the performance gains came from: reduced meeting length the majority of meetings changed from one hour meetings to 30 minute meetings having more remote meetings primarily using Microsoft Teams More than 90% of staff said they preferred the 4 day work week to the traditional 5 day and Microsoft intends to run…

SOLVED: Simple Explanation of The Yield Curve and Why it Matters To You

The “Yield Curve” is nothing more than a line between the dots on a graph of interest rates.  At the start of the graph (on the left) is very short term interest rates and at the end of the graph (on the right side) is longer term interest rates. When long term interest rates are lower than short term rates it means business is expected to DECREASE over time.  When the graph trends down, it is called an “inverted yield…

A Brief Explanation of How British Opium From the 1800’s Is Causing The Hong Kong Uprising Today

You might have heard that British people are fond of tea and to buy tea from China in the 1800’s they needed something to trade.  However, the Chinese wanted very little the Brits had to offer.  One thing Chinese citizens did like was opium (yes, that is the same drug that is behind the opioid crisis today). Fortunately for Britain, it effectively ruled India from the 1750’s on and took control of India’s opium business from that point on.  This…

VIDEO: Funniest Organ Donation Video Ever Makes a Good Point

This topic is a departure from our usual focus on politics, tech and China but we thought it made an excellent point in a funny way you would like. As a… lets go with ‘gruff’ person myself, I sadly see tiny parts of Coleman Sweeney in me (pun intended!) and I have signed up for organ donation too.  Be an asshole and sign up! In most countries you just have to fill our an organ donor card or sign the…

The Rational Case Against Huawei

There are many that think Huawei is just a puppet of the Chinese government and an equal number that think the Huawei bans and bad talk are nothing more than hype designed to stifle a non-Western competitor. We recently wrote two articles explaining some of Huawei’s background: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story but neither our previous articles nor the political hype have clearly explained why countries should…

How The China US Trade War Only Serves to Galvanize China’s Resolve, Just Like Apple and Qualcomm

The goal of a trade war is to increase access to some other countries markets.   However, we can simplify the logic by reducing down from a country scale to an individual business scale. At the single company scale, Company A withholds a key product or increases price on that product because they want something from Company B, perhaps increased sales effort of some key line.  At some point the  cost becomes too much for one or both of the parties…

VIDEO: Confidence in US President Collapses Everywhere Except Russia & Israel

Here are the numbers supporting what you likely already knew. George W Bush was not well liked or respected in the international community, largely because he polarized world leaders into “…those who are with (the US), or with the terrorists” Obama softened the US stance on international issues.  He had been called the Consoler In Chief. Trump’s lack of foreign policy planning and his penchant for grandstanding has lead him to take hard line on almost everything.  Thus far, he…

VIDEO: Economic Need Does Not A Refugee Make & How Far Voters Will Go To Protect Their Borders

The cover of this weeks “The Atlantic” prompts a well logic’d article by David Frum (son of Barbara Frum and former speech writer for George W Bush), in which he explains two key points: the history and intent of refugee / asylum laws voters around the globe will select near fascists as a way to protect their borders As Mr. Frum correctly points out, the number of refugees (largely from Central America countries like Nicaragua) to the United States has…

VIDEO: Who Believes Conspiracy Theories?

Nearly 60% of people in the US, Canada and Britain believe in at least one notable conspiracy theory.   This includes: 5% of Americans think airplane vapor trails are poison gas controlled by the government 46% of Americans believe in haunting’s or ghosts 60% of Americans believe the US Government had something to do with the murder of John F Kennedy 55% of Americans believe the US Government is withholding critical information about 9/11 attacks or was directly involved in the…