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"If I give you one dollar and you give me one dollar, each of us will only have one dollar. But if you give me one idea and I give you another idea, we both have two ideas." - Sr. Don Rafael del Pino y Moreno, Madrid 2002

I’m John Budden and I have more than 50 years of diverse, domestic and international investment experience. I am fortunate to have met some very interesting and clever investors along the way. Recently, a number of old and new friends have asked me to create a cyber forum for discussion and the exchange of investment ideas and strategies and, to that end, we are launching the Dog Bone Portfolio Club (DBPC).

In October 2009, I attended the Contrary Opinion Forum in Vergennes, Vermont, having been invited by Dean LeBaron to portray Russian Economist Nikolai Kondratieff on a panel moderated by Kate Welling and featuring Dean, Walter Deemer and Mark Ungewitter. Subsequently, I was asked by Margret Kopala to contribute to her book The Dog Bone Portfolio that provides an in-depth and fascinating analysis of how Kondratieff's long-wave theory is playing out today. 

The term ‘Dog Bone Portfolio’ was coined by Dean LeBaron. He suggests that we should learn from clever neighbourhood dogs who never bury all their precious bones in one dog bone hole. Dean believes that investors should bury their investment bones in safe places around the world, with considerable due diligence devoted to the countries, designated custodial institutions and the form in which the assets are held.

During my career, I have had the good fortune to work with, and interview some very astute investors. A common characteristic seems to be that we all have an ongoing fascination with the evolution of markets and a constant need for good intelligence. The Dog Bone Portfolio Club addresses this need by providing a secure and private venue, a Virtual Club House, where enquiring minds can meet regularly and exchange investment ideas and strategies.

Over the summer, I polled friends around the world about the idea of creating a virtual investment club that would only include qualified family offices, institutions, experienced investment professionals and high net worth investors as members. The response was overwhelmingly positive. To that end the Dog Bone Portfolio Club was born.

Our virtual club has its benefits: No travel is necessary and there is no dress code. The only requirements are civility, natural intelligence, common sense, innate curiosity and, of course, a sense of humour. 

As the Internet is our medium, security is vital.
After considerable research, I have chosen Zoom: '
Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions' as the doorway to our virtual clubhouse. My Zoom Business Licence provides end-to-end 256-bit encryption, and HIPAA compliance that adds an additional layer of security. A Basic Zoom Meeting Account is Free. I will assist Dog Bone Portfolio Club members with the set-up of their Basic Zoom Meeting Accounts.

Dog Bone Portfolio Club Guidelines: 

  • Members may remain anonymous, identified by initials (or other), and have the option of turning audio and/or video off;
  • Meetings and presentations will not be recorded without the unanimous permission of all participating members;
  • Respect for the privacy of fellow club members is mandatory;
  • Email addresses are absolutely private and will never be disclosed;

Dog Bone Portfolio Club Membership will include:

  • A secure and clear ZOOM connection to your DBPC Virtual Club House;
  • Encrypted end-to-end Instant Messaging;
  • Interviews with renowned investors;
  • One-Way Mirror to under-the-radar manager presentations; 
  • Opportunities for private meetings with other members in the Bar Maritime;
  • A complimentary electronic copy of The Dog Bone Portfolio by Margret Kopala and John Budden;

The criteria for membership in the Dog Bone Portfolio Club are simple: Individuals whom I know and trust, or who are properly sponsored by members, and who add value in terms of their knowledge and experience. 

Initiation Fee and Annual Dues: 

The initiation fee is $750.00 CDN and covers the development and set-up of the Dog Bone Portfolio Club. Annual membership dues are $300.00 CDN and include Zoom's end-to-end 256-bit encryption and HIPAA compliance that adds a vital additional layer of security.

Administration and payment: by Shopify -

After more than 50 years in the investment business, and the last 15 years as a broadcaster on CHUM / Bell Media’s 580 CFRA, I feel up to the challenge of acting as the moderator of our club’s online meetings and presentations via Zoom. 
I will provide members with agendas outlining upcoming events and presentations and look forward to lively and insightful virtual Dog Bone Portfolio Club gatherings. 

No one else has done this and it will be a work in progress, so we must be pioneers and, above all, have fun. 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and to answering your questions and hope that you qualify as a founding member of the Dog Bone Portfolio Club. 

Best JB

John Budden

I can be reached via: 
Zoom or (613) 789-1840 or Email: