Fathers Day, Trump Housing Bubble, and #MoneyTalk

Hope you realize that Sunday is Father’s Day, formerly, the year when the most collect (i.e. reversed charges) phone calls happened (I bet there are folks who are going to have to Google what that means). As I have said, all Dad’s want is to know you are OK. As long as your Mother knows everything, Dad just wants to know you are OK.

Stats Canada published a neat survey about the Diversity of young adults living with their parents (speaking of Father’s Day), which highlights the number of young folk still living with their parents. The telling statistic that I read in the report was:

Of the 4.3 million young adults aged 20 to 29 in 2011, 42% (or 1.8 million) lived with their parents. This compared with 27% in 1981.

That is a lot of folks still living at home. Some financial folks are saying it is a symptom of the problems with the housing bubbles in major cities, I don’t think I agree. I have stated before that young folk should not aspire to live at their parents’ lifestyle when they first move away from home, but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Given the rhetoric coming out of the United States about whether Mr. Trump gets elected, remember that Canada welcomes everyone (however leave your guns down south). My guess is that this could be like the Draft Dodgers that moved to Toronto in the mid-60’s, and help the Canadian economy greatly. I guess another interesting question is if there was a sudden influx of “Yankee Dollars” would this cause even more inflation of the housing bubbles in Toronto and Vancouver (likely places for our American cousins to move)? A ludicrously over-priced condo in Toronto might seem cheap, if you got a 25% discount due to a low Canadian Dollar.

My Writings for Week Ending June 17th

Not much writing this week, busy time of the year, and after watching the Last Week Tonight Video, I am starting to wonder why I write.

Stealing an idea from Mr. Oliver, I wrote No Good News Has Been Delivered Using Excel, now don’t take this as me dumping on Excel, it is an exceptional tool, which anybody doing anything financial should be proficient in using the tool. My commentary is based on the fact that if someone sends you an Excel spreadsheet, the news in it cannot be made to look good.

Video of the Week

Normally I include a video at the end of this article, but John Oliver has (in 20 minutes) summed up pretty much everything I have ranted about for the past 11 years, so have a watch of this, but keep reading my stuff too

Just Call Your Dad to Say You are OK

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Do you have a cottage in your family? Is there marital strife? If this is the case, you had better read Mark from the Blunt Bean Counter’s article The Income Tax Implications of Divorce Where You Own a Home and a Cottage. As usual Mark points out some subtle differences that you might not be thinking about in this situation. Speaking of real estate the Globe’s Robert McLister gives us a warning with Make sure to check your broker’s math when shopping for a mortgage, and if you don’t understand the math, you should! In other news from the CBC Captain Obvious reports Canada’s major banks hiking fees while pulling in big profits, maybe you should invest in them to recoup those fees?

The Fraser Institute put out an interesting graphic 5 Myths of the Canada Pension Plan, which contains some provocative comments, not sure I agree with a lot of it, but still an interesting piece to compare and contrast with other viewpoints. Staying with the provocative side of things, Robb from Boomer and Echo gives us Our Anti-Mustachian Family Spending Report. It is not that provocative but still an interesting perspective. Speaking of savings and spending the Frugal Trader brings us Financial Freedom Update – June 2016 (+5.78%), but as Michael James comments, a Million bucks doesn’t go as far as it used to.

Are you thinking about increasing your negative equity and getting another car, you should read The Most and Least Expensive Cars to Maintain. I am glad to see my Toyota Corolla did so well on the list.

The Chinese economy is an enigma (to me) and Mark from 2nd Career Search points out Why China Growth is Slowing, and his opinion might surprise you. In more international stories, Medium gives us Why Central Banks Will Issue Digital Currency, a very interesting read.

You can pretty get used to a lot of things in life (good and bad) and Michael James points out many of us are Building a Tolerance for Debt. Debt should make you uncomfortable, and as I have said countless times, There is No Such Thing as Good Debt.

Take Me Home Preet

Hopefully Preet has thawed out from his visit to Montreal to watch the Grand Prix, but here is a helpful tweet from him:

2016 Random Thoughts

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  • Michael James June 18, 2016, 12:33 PM

    One problem China has is that their emergence has been built on cheap labour. They can’t all become wealthier and still have cheap labour available. The rate of growth had to slow. Thanks for the mention.

    • bigcajunman June 18, 2016, 1:11 PM

      And their houses are too full of crap too! 🙂


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