This week in Ottawa, a very large sinkhole opened on Rideau Street, and there were conflicting stories about whether it was a new Gateway to Hell, or whether it was simply the exposure of an existing personal gateway to hell. Either way, it just goes to show that in the Nation’s Capital when we make a hole, we really make a hole.

Ottawa Sinkhole

Ottawa SinkHole

I was downtown on Thursday for meetings, and while the downtown is a bit of a mess, all I could think was that I wished I was either in the Concrete, or Concrete Delivery business, as the entire downtown seems to be littered with Cement Delivery trucks (to fill the hole). Ottawa does seem to be prone to sinkholes, as we have had more than our share over the past while.

The Bank of Canada thinks the economy is unchanged, as it announced the Financial System Review this week, however, three risks were noted:

The Bank continues to highlight two vulnerabilities related to Canadian households: the elevated level of household indebtedness and imbalances in some regional housing markets. A third vulnerability identified is the fragility of fixed-income market liquidity.

This translates to continued big debt and ludicrous house prices in Vancouver and Toronto (and a few other places) are worrying the Bank. A major financial event (say like a recession) might cause some big issues in the current economy.

My Writings for Week Ending June 10th

I have written about how I am an attractive bag of medical conditions, but after my latest yearly check up I came up with the question What Would You Pay $213.52 For ? For me it was simple, I really, really don’t want to get shingles, so I would pay for the vaccine myself if I had to.

I must write a thank you note to TD for continuing to motivate me to write about my issues with them, and so another fine rant was written, Automatic Withdrawal Audits. I still await the results of the problem ticket I opened with TD Mutual Funds.

A Money Thought

“Never buy anything from someone who is out of breath.”

–BURTON G. MALKIEL

Surprisingly, that makes good sense!

More Disturbing Financial Images

Monopoly Rule 11

Same is True of Bank of Canada Too?!?

No More Half Measures (financially)

I agree with Mark from My Own Advisor’s view on Why a personal finance day a month is a dumb idea. You don’t have to do this every day, but once a month is not enough. Another part of financial management is planning and Marie from Boomer and Echo advises Don’t Forget To Manage Medium-Term Goals, and I do like the catch phrase about planning a wedding and investments too. Why are some folks motivated to save? Marshawn Lynch has $50 Million saved, because he has eaten cereal with roaches in it, read the interview, it is raw, but very motivating. Speaking of no middle class, another interesting read Why the middle class has less money and bigger bills, is there really a middle class any more ?

While the housing market in many parts of Canada (including parts of Ottawa) might be white hot, Mark from 2nd Career Search has run into a few issues selling his house, which he outlines in, The Difficulties of Selling a House with an Old Dog. Speaking of houses (and bubbles) Barry from Money We Have talks about Assembling Your Real Estate Team , however, some folks try to do a lot of this kind of stuff themselves, is an agent worth all you pay them? How about a real estate lawyer? Home Inspector ?


The Chancellor at Trent University (Don Tapscott) is a very entertaining speaker (and a very good writer) and after looking up some of his work I came across Blockchain is the future of Fintech. Well worth reading if you want to remain relevant in the coming financial evolution. Steadyhand likes the analogy about investing in the piece, Walking the dog, I don’t quite get it, myself. The Key to the Best Financial Advice: ‘Humility in Large Doses’ , is a very good point. I like humility in most folks, but having an arrogant financial advisor would really turn me off.

To paraphrase George Carlin will elimination of the US Penny, “… curve your spine, and stop the country from winning the war!” ? No, and Michael James elaborates on this with A (U.S.) Penny for Your Thoughts.


Debt Buyers

Mr. Oliver is very correct in his statement Nothing good has ever been sent in an Excel Spreadsheet! A truer statement has not been made this week.


2016 Random Thoughts

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  • My Own Advisor June 12, 2016, 9:13 AM

    John Oliver is brilliant! Thanks for the mention!
    Mark

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  • Michael James June 10, 2016, 9:51 AM

    Funny, I think Excel is Microsoft’s only decent product. Thanks for the mention.

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    • bigcajunman June 10, 2016, 10:22 AM

      It is a great tool, but nothing good has ever been delivered using it.

      Reply

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