Warren Buffet’s Letter To Berkshire Shareholders

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In case you missed it, Warren Buffet has released his annual letter to shareholders which he publishes every year on the Berkshire Hathaway website.

I always enjoy reading his annual letters as they contain insight into his view of the world and investing in general. He’s obviously one of the most successful investors of all time and the third richest person in the world so his opinions and thoughts should be something you should consider when you go to make your own investment decisions.

Here are a few key excerpts that I found particularly interesting this this year’s letter.

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Turbotax Canada Discount – Save 10%

Are you planning on doing your tax return this year with TurboTax online or desktop software? Here is a link that will save you 10% on the cost of filing your taxes.

Save 10% on TurboTax

This link will take you to the TurboTax website where you can get started on your 2014 tax return and save the 10% automatically.

Save 10% on Turbotax with this discount code

The 10% discount applies to all online version of TurboTax and the standard desktop edition.

Need help completing your tax return or want to understand how to maximize your return? Read my Income Tax Guide.

A Must Read Before Buying a Condo

Thinking of buying a condo? You should take a read through a newly published report on navigating the condo market from an architectural perspective. The report is issued by Dr. Ted Kesik a professor of building science at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. The report highlights some of the things to watch out for that may be costly or come back to bite you down the road. 

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With Vancouver’s leaking windows and Toronto’s falling balcony
glass, today’s condominiums seem to be crumbling before our eyes.
Fueled by rising home prices, swelling urban centers and a desire
for maintenance-free living, the housing market is responding with an increasing number of quickly constructed units. As the range of units grows, it’s important to consider your options as a buyer. Bringing together the best available data on condominium
construction and ownership, this guide will help you better
understand your choices and needs as you consider your condo
purchase

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Smartphone Comparison

Side by side comparison of the top smartphones available on the market.

The latest addition is the LG G3, which launched with Canadian carriers in early August.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Apple iPhone 5S Nexus 5 HTC One (M8) LG G3
Samsung Galaxy 5 aPPLE iPhone 5S Nexus 5 HTC One M8 LG G3
Who Should Buy This Phone? If you want the latest and greatest and don’t mind paying a bit more for it If you value simplicity, ease of use and don’t mind a smaller screen If you are cost concious, but don’t want to sacrifice on specs If you want a phone with high end specs and also looks & feels very stylish If you value a bigger screen and can make use of a higher end camera
OS Platform Android – 4.4 KitKat iOS 7 Android – 4.4 KitKat Android – 4.4 KitKat Android – 4.4 (KitKat)
Display 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 4-inch Retina display 4.95-inch True HD IPS+ 5-inch Super LCD3 5.5 inch True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 1080 x 1920 (432 ppi) 1136 x 640 (326 ppi) 1080 x 1920 (445 ppi) 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
Chips 2.5 GHz Quad Core
Snapdragon 801
1.3GHz Dual Core
Apple A7 Processor with M7 Motion Coprocessor
2.3 GHz – Quad Core
Snapdragon 800
2.3 GHz Quad Core
Snapdragon 801
2.5 Ghz Quad Core
Snapdragon 801
RAM 2GB 1GB 2GB 2GB 2G or 3G
Storage 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB
Camera 16 Megapixels 8 Megapixels 8 Megapixels 4 Megapixels 13 Megapixels Primary
2.1 Megapixel Secondary
Video 1080p HD Video 1080p HD Video 1080p HD Video 1080p HD Video 2160p HD Video,
1080p HD Video
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 3G + LTE (Cellular) Wi-Fi, 3G + LTE (Cellular) Wi-Fi, 3G + LTE (Cellular) Wi-Fi, 3G + LTE (Cellular) Wi-Fi, 3G + LTE (Cellular)
SIM Card Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
Battery Life Talk time: Up to 21 hours Talk time: Up to 10 hours Talk time: Up to 17 hours Talk time: Up to 20 hours Up to 19 h (2G) / Up to 21 h (3G)
Colors Black, White, Blue, Gold Space Grey, Gold, Silver Black, White, Red Gunmetal Gray,
Glacial Silver,
Amber Gold
Metallic Black,
Silk White,
Shine Gold,
Moon Violet,
Burgundy Red
Dimensions &
Weight
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
145 g
123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm
112 g
137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm
130 g
146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
160 g
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
149 g
Other Water & Dust Resistent
Finger Print Sensor
FaceTime
Finger Print Sensor
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