We have finally landed on an asteroid, isn’t that great news? It is interesting that is for sure, they are having some glitches with the part that is supposed to make sure it stays attached, but pretty amazing stuff, given the Asteroid isn’t that big, and it is going quick quickly. Never has so much time been spent putting a dishwasher on a thing going real fast in space. Some concerns have arisen about whether it will be able to do a full rinse cycle.
I must thank my parents that they pushed me to get a University Education, after watching those two window washers at One World Trade dangling 69 stories up. I’d need to be paid a lot more than I currently make to do that job, but I guess there are folks who don’t mind that kind of risk in their day-to-day jobs (but I am not one of them).
Plenty of talk about the coming tax cuts in the next budget, whether they deliver, is another question, and whether the Public can be bought off or not (sorry that is a cynical view of politics (or is it?)). Maybe they will cut our EI premiums a little more? A few other carrots being tested via “leaks” from the government. Start paying down the National Debt would be a very good thing.
Sad to read of the deaths of two of my favorite supporting characters on TV. First Carol Ann Susi passed away this week, you may not recognize her name, but she was the voice of Howard Walowitz’s mother, “HOWARD!!!“. Wonder what they will do about this on the show? The second passing was Jovian the Lemur from ZooBooMaFoo, who would leap around on the show. Jovian died of kidney failure.
My Writings for Week Ending November 14th
Remembrance Day in Ottawa is always an awe-inspiring event, and this year it was that much more, truly astounding to see that many folks come out to say thanks to those who defend our rights and freedoms.
- We should all be partying like it is 2008 again, as Unemployment is at 2008 levels (according to Stats Canada), however one of my commenters questions the validity of the number, given he doesn’t count.
- I shy away from individual stock picking for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was How Class B Shares are defined for some companies.
- If you need something to read for Financial Literacy Month, I did a Book Review: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting out of Debt , start with that.
This Week’s Finest
Wonder if those poor chaps dangling from the Window Cleaning Gantry thought about whether they had enough life insurance, while up there? Certainly they might have thought more about retirement plans.
- Do you want to know 3 Sure Signs the Economy is improving? Better go check Mark’s post over at 2nd Career Search.
- Normally I wouldn’t say much about this kind of post but Kiplinger gives us a list of the Best Mutual Funds for Aggressive Investors, and please do not take this as me condoning or advising you to do this, I am simply supplying it as an alternate point of view from my point of view.
- What would you do if you knew you were dieing and had a $100M and your family was taken care of, what would you do? Read the Washington Post piece on The Amazing Finals Days of Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon, who is donating $100M
- Our friends at LSM Insurance post that the CRA Rules Seg Funds Not Tax Deductible, keep that in mind when looking at this type of savings vehicle.
- Infidelity is evidently a growing Tech Business as outlined in the Atlantic’s interesting expose The Adultery Arms Race, I still have no idea how anyone has time to have an affair.
- Marie from Boomer and Echo helps us with, How To Become a Successful Investor: Prepare an Investment Policy Statement, which will help you stick to your plans.
- How does a worthless company continue to lose millions? The Wall Street Journal outlines how Nortel Spends Big Money in Bankruptcy, wow.
- Can you guess What is the World’s Biggest Cash Crop ? Here is a hint, “Dave’s not here man!”
- A guest on Million Dollar Journey does a very complete Gas Rewards Program Comparison, worth checking out.
- The Economist points out that The United States – Canadian Border Undefended No More, now it is not as heavily defended as the US-Mexican border, but yes, it is not that easy to get into the USA these days from Canada.
- So you are dreaming of sitting by the lake next summer at the cottage you just inherited from your parents? Better read about Cottage Trusts (a follow on guest post) on Blunt Bean Counter.
- If you are always on the look out for a spreadsheet that is already premade for you, check out Vertex 42 and their Canadian Mortgage Spreadsheet, well worth checking out.
- I guess it’s a good thing that Microsoft is fixing a security hole in Windows that has been around for 19 years, good that IBM found it for them.
- Barry at Money We Have touches a topic near and dear to my heart, and that is 9 Fees to Cut From Your Daily Life, every one of those “small fees” sucks more money away from important things, like booze!
- Berkshire Hathaway bought the Duracell Battery brand from Procter and Gamble? Interesting, given the need for batteries, sounds like a good investment.
- Kerry from Squawkfox wants to know Are you Frugal or Cheap, and has a helpful graphic to figure it out. I am a spendthrift, I blow all my spare cash on Moon Pies and Penny Whistles.
- What is a Cash Wedge? Well Mark from My Own Advisor gives us Cash Wedge and Opening the Investment Taps, it sounds a lot like a cash buffer to draw from instead of having to go directly to your securities to get living money.
- If you look at my Twitter feed, my icon has changed to a saucy photo of myself and my son.
- Michael James asks a question that maybe Mark from My Own Advisor might find disagreeable, but a good point is made in Why Don’t Couch Potato Portfolios Use Dividend ETFs? Surprised I didn’t see a comment from Mark on this one.
Holy Bat Climbs
I kid you not, every single bat climb from the original series:
Sesame Street is 45
Wow, that is old, how about Elmo singing with Elvis Costello with a cameo from the C-Monster? Sure!
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