Affairs, Recalls, Bloggers Meet and Friday #Shoutouts


The week began with the head of the CIA stepping down due to his extra-marital activities and the fact that it was becoming public knowledge. It’s interesting to see smart powerful people who seem to assume that they can do whatever they want, however, in this case the Powerful Man was taken down because his gumar did some indiscreet things. All in all a sordid affair, and it just goes to show that Smut and Affairs will push all news off the front page every time.

Toyota is recalling a whole bunch of their Prius, so all those smug hybrid owners must go and get their super cars fixed.

There was also another Bloggers meeting with Preet Banerjee (media maven (soon to be seen on the Oprah Winfrey network)), Mark from My Own Advisor, Michael James, the Canadian Capitalist and myself and as usual a good time was had by me. There were a few aspersions cast on my ability to spin too many yarns (you tell one story about the FORTH programming language and astronomy and suddenly you are Grandpa Simpson), but other than that many interesting discussions.

Bad-ish news from the Federal Government as Minister Flaherty is saying that the Fiscal Cliff and the EU Zone cogitations, and lower prices of commodities means the Government’s goals to balance the budget are not going to happen any time soon. The minister does look quite happy in the photo at the end of this article with his $20 bill, maybe he got to keep it?

Weekly Recap

No big storms this week, which is good, but still a lot of hot air from me:

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1280 folks who follow me, wow! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?).

Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+ as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).

Links for the Week

It was a dark and stormy week this week, that is for sure, but hopefully our favorite authors can be a shining beacon of light for all of us:

Top Stories of the Week of November 16th 2012
Financial Literacy Month

The Can You Afford It ? Flowchart

Is a useful graphic from Financial Uproar, although the left side of the graphic is superfluous in my opinion.

 

 Is This Blog More Powerful than Doubling your Salary?

That is the question Mr. Money Mustache is asking, however it is asking should you spend less or earn more? The answer is, BOTH!

 

 Cut Back and Save Big

Is the advice from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, but remember to save that money you are putting back in your pocket (don’t just go buy something else with the extra money).

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 October 2012 Dividend Income Update

Mark again bravely divulges how his plan for retirement financial strength, keep up the good work!

 

 5 Common Myths About RRSPs

It is almost that season again, RRSP time is soon, and it’s time to get back in the swing, thanks to Boomer of Boomer and Echo.

 Baby Expenses Aren’t an Excuse to Break the Bank 

Adina J (I wonder if she really looks like her photo on the blog) posts on Timeless Finance about how just because you popped out a yungun is not an excuse to go bankrupt

 

 Are Dividends Worth More than Capital Gains?

Michael James takes on a commenter who thinks that Dividends are by far much better than Capital Gains, lots of good math talk.

 How To Save $100,000 For An MBA Or Other Higher Education

Mike at money.smarts doesn’t really tell you how to save this, it is really an interesting discussion of the concept of education as an “investment”. I may write about this myself (since I have “invested” in my daughters this way).

 

 Tax Loss Selling - The 2012 Version

The Blunt Bean Counter says it is that magical time of the year, when folks look at Tax loss selling to round out their trading year (what you thought he was talking about Christmas?). As usual excellent advice.

 Off-topic: Are you SURE you want me to drive your new BMW around a racetrack in the pouring rain?

Preet is back after a grueling filming schedule for his new TV show, and he treats us to what he does in cars in the rain. I know that nobody would let me do this!

 Rogers tells client she owes $2 million in roaming fees

Ellen Roseman points out that Rogers treats former employees the same way they treat their customers. Customer Service is a bit of a misnomer isn’t it?

 

Other Bookkeeping

Bank of Canada Issues $20 Polymer Bank Note / La Banque du Canada émet la nouvelle coupure de 20 $ en polymère

Happy Folks Showing off the new $20

 

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  • Michael James November 16, 2012, 2:26 PM

    I feel a smug shortage coming on :-) Thanks for the mention.

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  • SavingMentor November 16, 2012, 8:51 AM

    I like the new format of your weekly links. Looks super sharp!

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