By: Stefan Aarnio

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As a professional real estate investor, I get asked all the time about investments.


I’ll never forget, my very first investment was a GIC, a guaranteed deposit at the bank. Guaranteed investments typically really suck.


They really suck because they pay you a rate that’s so low, that relative to inflation, you’re losing money. I think currently for a two year GIC at the bank it is 1.9%


I’ll never forget it when I was in grade 11, I was 17 years old, and had my first summer job.


I’d saved up $1,000 at my diner job in the summer and my grandmother told me to put it into a GIC at the bank. I went to the bank and I invested my thousand dollars.


At the end of the year, I’d made $14 on that GIC. The sad thing is, if I’d left the thousand dollars in my checking account, I would have avoided $48 in fees.


The bank robbed me. They took the fees, and ate up my investment, whereas if I’d left my money in the bank I would have saved myself some fees.


I hate GIC’s. I think it’s a waste of time, a waste of money. I think you’re almost better putting the money in the mattress or buying silver or gold.


There’s so many things you can do better than a GIC.


That’s the question of the day.


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You’re going to love the book. If you don’t love it, give it to someone who does, and I’ll give you your money back.


Respect The Grind,

Stefan Aarnio


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