Unknown Long Weekend, Windows 10 and #MoneyTalk

In most places in Canada this is a long weekend ahead (except in Quebec), but in Ontario, we are so lazy we don’t really even have a name for it. Here in Ottawa it is Colonel By day, near Toronto it is Simcoe Days, elsewhere, who knows? I do appreciate the fact that the Ontario government is busy trying to Tax Taxes, or make large payouts for programs that never happened (i.e. the Ontario Pension Plan), but could we not just name this silly thing and be done with it?

Corpse Flower Stinky

A Corpse Flower is Blooming in New York ? (no not a commentary about US Election)

The on-going reality show (masquerading as an election) down south, does seem to be helping Canadian tourism, as with all sides claiming if the opposing side wins, folks will be moving north (and the Brexit crowd too), we might have to put in a few new cities? Immigration is what made Canada great (being the son of immigrants), so all are welcome, just remember to wipe your feet before entering, and be polite to your hosts.

Remember the “Free Windows 10 upgrade” is now at an end for folks. Funny my Mac comes with a free OS, that seems to load from anywhere, but that is me just being a “Neo Zoom Dweebie” isn’t it? Do your upgrade or be forced to fork out some money.

Did you realize that Canadian Financial Bloggers actually meet every year? I’ll be there too.

Speaking of smelly things, evidently A Corpse Flower Has Started to Bloom After a 10 Year Wait at the New York Botanical Garden, why would you want to go there?

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My Writings for Week Ending July 30th

I posted two things this week, the first one, a commentary on the data from Stats Canada, Zap! Electricity Prices Pushes Inflation in June, and the price of electricity in Ontario is beyond ridiculous. I grew up in Quebec, and for all the commentaries you wish to make about La Belle Province, they got the electricity thing right (on the backs of 1st Nations and Newfoundland, admittedly).

For those of us with kids that are in Post-secondary programs, about now is when we get the Tuition Bill for the fall, and I had a look at one from Queen’s and was floored by the additional fees, so, naturally, I had to write about it in, The Business of University Fees. I should start my own University bet I could make some money (yes that was a Trump jab).

A Money Thought

Every time I browse /personalfinance, I end up reading posts by people half my age complaining about making twice as much as I do. from Showerthoughts

Some Huge Financial Stories

While Mark from the Blunt Bean Counter might be on vacation, he still is putting out some excellent pieces (OK, republishing some excellent pieces) and this week he added, How Much Money do I Need to Retire? Heck if I Know or Anyone Else Does! – Part 6. The answer is? That would be telling. If you are investing for your retirement (which you should) maybe you are looking at a Dividend Investing scheme, and Frugal Trader wants to help you with Dividend Kings List – Companies with Annual Dividend Increases for Over 50 Years!. Staying with the retirement theme Marie from Boomer and Echo brings us Creating Retirement Income: A Fixed Payment Strategy, different strategies can be interesting to read about.

I contacted the government about the new Canada Child Credit, and got confirmation that the Child Disability Credit is included in the new credit, and if you want more details about this, read Mark from My Own Advisor’s piece Canada Child Benefit (CCB) 101. Barry from Money We Have wants to help as well with Get More out of the Canada Child Benefit, giving you ideas with what to do with this new benefit.

Real Estate seems to be a major driving force to our economy, and now governments seem to be creating xenophobic laws, and Blessed by the Potato comments on one of these new laws, The BC GVA Tax . The idea of taxing foreign investors more worries me, but we shall see whether it does slow down the white hot Vancouver real-estate market.

Michael James stirs the financial pot (speaking of investing) with Aren’t the Banks the Investing Experts? The answer is, they give good financial advice for someone (but not necessarily for you).


And Now, Sam the Eagle

One last stern look from Sam about the US Election (or meetings at 5:00 PM (Or Mutual Fund MERs))

When someone schedules a meeting at 5pm on Friday. #TheMuppets

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2016 Random Thoughts

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  • My Own Advisor August 2, 2016, 7:40 PM

    Thanks for the mention. Hope you enjoyed the weekend.
    Mark

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  • Michael James July 31, 2016, 9:50 AM

    With the end of free Window 10 “upgrades,” maybe my reboots won’t be interrupted by Windows 10 advertising any more.

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    • bigcajunman July 31, 2016, 2:05 PM

      Very true, hopefully, but I doubt it.

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