Easter is here, the most important festival in the Christian religion (sorry Christmas, without Easter you kind of don’t have Christianity). I haven’t written too much about it this year, but to me this is a time of renewal and restarting things, which I am going to try to do (both health wise and financial wise).
It is the Stanley Cup and NBA Playoff season, which is heaven for a “Sporto” like me. Heck I find myself even watching Premiership Soccer on Saturday mornings, and of course Formula 1 (and it’s odd sounding cars) is also in full swing. I have even started watching baseball again (having grown up within walking distance of Jarry Park (the original home of the Expos in Montreal)). Yes, my wife is not happy, but she deals with it by having her own things to do while I am watching the games.
Even with the delay caused by the Heartbleed bug, you still should be finalizing your taxes, get to it, you have a long weekend to get it done!
My Writings for Week Ending April 19th
We have seen all seasons this week in Ottawa, with snow, and 24C temperatures, Spring is never dull around here that is for sure.
Quicken is a very useful tool, but you must be diligent keeping your accounts up to date, or you will end up with a lost weekend the way I did, last weekend.
Not sure if we are or not, but I did learn a great deal more about how Canada’s Social Insurance Numbers are coded, but it will be interesting to see how long only 9 digits last.
Thanks to the Heartbleed bug we have a little longer to pay our taxes (if we owe money), and I found a nifty picture on the CRA site showing their electronic archives for all of our returns (OK only a geek like me would think it was cool).
Can you actually justify being charged a 2.55% Management Fee? Why not make your own Balanced Fund?
You got a preview of my FAVES page with this post as well.
Evidently Preet is spending his long weekend designing a web site, Michael James is chuckling somewhere:
- I am really liking this new Pope and for Maundy Thursday he kept up his tradition of not cow towing to the Catholic establishment when he washed the Feet of the Elderly and the Disabled, good on you Francis!
- Saw Larry MacDonald wandering around town a while back so I was glad to see him post Why you shouldn’t borrow to invest right now, the market can only go up, or down or maybe it could just stay where it is.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade wonders are you Getting a Tax Refund? What are you going to do with it?
- Mark from the Blunt Bean Counter continues his cathartic writings with Confessions of a Tax Accountant -2014- Week 3 you mean I can’t claim my cat as a dependant? How about my boob job as a work related expense?
- Rick Ferri at Forbes has a very interesting take on Index Funds with 5 Lies About Index Funds (and Index Funds cause impotency in men is not even mentioned).
- My brother is still having a lot of fun with Real Estate in Toronto so go to 2nd Career Search and check out Lost in the Toronto Real Estate Bermuda Triangle (trust me it is well worth a read).
- Million Dollar Journey gives us a useful tutorial with Preparing for the Income Tax Deadline (2013-2014): Personal Taxes
- Mark from My Own Advisor goes very philosophical with Financial Advice for my younger self. My advice is NORTEL SUCKS!!! (so does BRE-X and Mullets too).
- Did you realize just how many Junk Bond ETFs there are out there? Holy cow!
- Barry from Money We Have asks How Much Does Prom Cost ? Bloody expensive from a parents’ point of view, however a tasty Chicken Corsage looks pretty cheap.
- With Spring we look at our old clothes and like Kerry from Squawkfox ask Repair or replace: When does it make sense to mend the threads you’ve got?
- Do you realize that 44% of Twitter accounts have never tweeted? Luckily I have made up for them.
- Michael James asks Is it OK to Pay Off Your Mortgage before Saving for Retirement? Guess which one he did?
- Think we Financial Bloggers are immune to fraud? Think again, Preet writes about If you are a victim of financial fraud (like he was) here is what to do. Better get that new website up good buddy!
Chris Pirillo gives us how to destroy Peeps, an Easter tradition:
British Pathe on Youtube
Amazing to think that we used to only get our news from newsreels, and British Pathe was the Google of their time for media, so here are a few very interesting Pathe shorts for your enjoyment: Did you realize that a bomber once flew into the Empire State Building? This is 56 years before 9/11.
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