Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Building a company is no different then build a nation.

For most, the idea of building a nation has never crossed their minds, but building a company or being an entrepreneur has. Watching this Korean drama Jumong brought to light that there is no difference between building a company and building a nation. Most executives and MBA students have been exposed to the ideas and writings of Sun Tzu: the military strategies, which has been applied to my areas of business, including trading. I feel that the idea or concept of nation building has not really taken traction, due to the magnitude such an endeavor is perceived to be.

In this day and age, is nation building dead or are today's new nations the businesses and the entrepuers of these businesses truly the kings and emperors of these nations.

I enjoyed the drama Jumong, all 81 episodes subtitles and all.

Not only was this a great drama but also I feel that there are some business models that can be taken from this, and as such I will attempt to examine how it applies to these business models, as I discuss what I have taken away from this drama, in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I have failed to keep up with this blog.. mainly because of projects I am working on, as well as family changes. so I figured instead of saying I will post once a day like most do; I will post my thought and happenings min 2x a month. if i post more it is a bonus.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Deciding Whether to Start a Business

To some people, starting a business is the key to independence and personal wealth. Most people, at some point in their life have toyed with the idea. There are a few things as rewarding as owning your own business but despite the advantages, there are pressures involved.

Having good and viable ideas has never been enough; you will need to have the right skills, or the ability to develop these skills and possess a good temperament to turn your idea into an opportunity.

When starting your own business you need to consider the risks involved, as these factors will not only impact you, but also your immediate family and friends. You have to be aware of what issues and problems might arise early in the planning stage. Doing this should help you decide if you are willing and able to take these risks, as well as helping you come up with strategies that will help you minimize them.
Before you decide to start or not start a business you should ask yourself these questions;
1. Do I have the right personality to start a business?
2. What kinds of skills will I need?
3. How can I be sure that Ive got what it takes?
4. How much money will I need?

Please feel free to direct your questions to me, as I am here to share my knowledge and past experiences for your benefit.
Leonard K. Fiadzinu, CFA

Friday, June 30, 2006

Successful Stock market Speculation

Successful Stock market Speculation by T. E Carter is a book that I have read on and off for many years. At times it has inspired me, as it has acted as the base of some of the studies I have under taken. Well a few years ago my beg was stolen in MontrĂ©al my usual yearly jazz festival trip, my beg head some of my business stuff in it, and I know the lucky guy looked in the beg and threw the books that I had in beg away. But back to the story well I have had the need to go back to the book cause I am in the process of developing and enhancing a filter system, guess what the book is out of print, but I found a copy on good old eBay cost was 10.00 + plus shipping only to the U.S; good thing that I have family in the U.S. I would highly recommend this book as it focuses you on being disciplined as well as, focusing you on a technical system. Trading is a business and must be approached as a business P/L, Expense, revenue, capital all come into play, if you don’t treat it as a business you will not make any money

Well I am waiting for the book to be delivered so that I can go over some stuff, even though I remember most of the material in the book.

Author: Ted Carter
Edition: 3
Publisher: Mistaya Holdings Ltd
ISBN: 0969529511
Publication Year: 1992

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

what a nice day

Well I just got back yesterday from Syracuse like always it was a good trip, left Toronto Friday and it took me the usual amount of time to get there 4.5 hrs, playing the state trooper game. The drive back was uneventful I love living in Canada, as much as I visit other parts of the U.S, Canada is a country that I hold dear to me.

I picked up an Audio CD title the Entrepreneur Starter Kit, (Your Coach in a Box) so far I like what I have heard formal review will be forth coming.

What a day yesterday was with the T.T.C Strike I had to park on a side street, the life of living in the suburbs and working downtown.

Well it is 4 days before the CFA exam and the library is filled with future charterholders, each one trying to memorize formulas and understand concepts that they feel they might never use, but believe me these concept and ideas do come in heady maybe not today but if you are going to be in the financial services industry for the rest of your adult working life or even if you decide to go to a different industry, you are able to manage your own money with a better understanding of the fundamentals.

Someone sent me this video, which I found very telling.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Food for thought

Social Security is the only Ponzi Scheme allowed by U.S. law.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thinking back to my first year

I started my journey in 1998 to write the first level of the CFA Exams; young and impressionable I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. At the same I also decide to enroll and write the CMT exams, why I did that was cause I believed in self studied hard passed both. I bought most of the required books for the CMT level 1 exam and even did the one week study seminar thing at Windsor University which was great. I have been visiting The Analyst Forum and I wish the site was available when I started cause these guys do help each other out. Even though some of them are out to confess the others, they are quickly found out.