Yes, it is time for the Clown Prince of Financial Blogging to do the dastardly deed of unmasking our Financial Crime Fighting heroes!

Did you guess any of these Financial Writing Do Gooders? Some are blatantly obvious, while others, are more clever in their concealing their secret identities.

First the accursed Money Media Maven, you have seen him, I know you have (unless you don’t own a TV), but you have seen his postings here as well, he is none other than…. Preet Banerjee! Bet you didn’t know for his affinity to drive race cars did you?

If you did not guess The Voice of Money, you really aren’t looking very hard, that is none other than Gail Vaz-Oxlade, a lovely lady, but also a very plain speaking lady.

Who is  Judge Financial? That one is a little trickier, he hides his love of all rules and regulations well, but never get in an argument with him about rules, you will most assuredly lose! Da Judge is none other than Michael James.

As for Mrs. Financial Transmographier you should know that one just on the basis of the $3 HD TV antenna comment,  but that is of course Kerry from Squawkfox (in fact you see her a great deal on TV and in Magazines these days).

The Summer here in Ottawa continues on, with wonderfully oppressive heat (I am not being sarcastic, I still remember those days in January where I complained about how cold it was) and tremendous storms. My only problem with this summer (and all summers) is that they pass far too quickly!

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My Writings for Week Ending July 25th

Did you realize you missed both Ice Cream Day and Hammock Day this week? I need a calendar with this kind of important information.

  • I was interviewed by Sheryl Smolkin and she published Big Cajun Man Shares RDSP, RESP Expertise, which is a very kind title (I am no expert, just a grizzled user). I also must work on my interview technique, noting I start most sentences with “Well”, dear me, I need to talk to the Financial Media Maven about his techniques.
  • While missing out on Hammock Day, Stats Canada did point out that Inflation Stayed Up in June, which is not a good thing, even if loose money policies still prevail at the Bank of Canada.
  • I do have a very good working relationship with one of my advertisers, so I figured I could ask the question what is the difference between Disability Insurance vs. Critical Illness Insurance, luckily I got a very good answer to write about.
  • I am very much a geek at heart, and yes I did (and sometimes still do) read comic books (I read them WAY before they were cool), so I wandered farther afield with Comic-Con International and Financial Super Heroes, I suspect I may be in trouble with a few of those Financial folk, we shall see.

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All Stars, Al Stars and the #BestOfFinancialForWeek

So the World Cup is finally over, congrats to the German team, we hope this means the beginning of a thousand years of supremacy in Football (maybe that isn’t the right phrase to use, but congrats). Interesting game to watch, glad it didn’t go to penalty kicks.

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Le 14 Juillet Bastille Day!
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For those that may have missed it on le 14 juillet it was Bastille Day, which might explain why any of your French associates seemed overly patriotic on that day.

The baseball All-Star game was played this week, in Minnesota. This game actually matters since the winning team’s League will have home field advantage for the World Series this year. Who won the game? Tokyo?!? I didn’t really watch it, but I heard it was good. Did the Human League win?

Weird Al Yankovic has a new set of videos out, and a topical one is included at the end of this article. I enjoy Al’s parodies of current hits, but nothing will ever top his classic White & Nerdy (with Donny Osmond).

Word is that Montreal would be an excellent site for a Major League Baseball team, as a die-hard Expos fan (I was in the original Rusty Staub fan club), I can only hope, but they better not play in the Big Owe. Must Keep Calm on this one (there is a video about that too at the end).

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My Writings for Week Ending July 18th

I have varmints eating my tomatoes and peppers in my back yard, aside from a shot-gun, can someone tell me the best way to get rid of them? A falcon sounds like a good idea, but I don’t know where to get one on short notice.

  • Employment in Canada continues to be better, but unemployment is still up last month as well, when will we see the boom of jobs that has been promised? Old farts like me are finding jobs, but the young folks are having a harder time, as Stats Canada Pointed out.
  • Meet the new Budget, same as the Old Budget was the initial title of my “New” Ontario Budget 2014 article, but I didn’t want the Who’s lawyers to call me about copyright infringement.
  • If you have half an hour, a kindle reader and $1 please read How Millenials Can Get Rich Slowly, by William Bernstein, it is well worth the time and money.

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After witnessing the Brazil Germany game this week, I have to wonder what would cause a powerful team like Brazil to fold up like a $1.99 pup tent like that? The Germans looked like they were playing the Brazil U18 team, it was a total victory by the Germans. If you reach the end of this article you will find a video montage that sums things up quite nicely. On the other hand we had Holland which decided to bore us to death, and then didn’t use the Goalie they brought only for penalty kicks in a game where they seemed bent on playing for penalty kicks? Must be Dutch Logic, but I did have a nice nap in the middle of that game.

The Tour De France shot through the Chunnel this week (for some reason it started in Yorkshire this year, which made me start watching All Creatures Great and Small on Netflix again), well it was only one rider and he zipped through a service tunnel, but he did travel the entire distance which was kind of cool to watch. The race is back in France now, and former champions are dropping out like wild (thanks to treacherous roads and rain).

I was sad to read of the passing of  William Tetley, former MNA for NDG (and a former Minister of Finance for Quebec as well) and the Dad of one of my childhood chums. One of my vivid childhood memories is going to a birthday party at Mr. Tetley’s house and seeing a machine gun nest (complete with 4 very large soldiers) on the front lawn of his house (during the October Crisis in 1970). It’s odd the things you remember from your childhood.

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My Writings for Week Ending July 11th 

It is the summer time and in Canada the CFL is in full swing, and the Ottawa RedBlackRenegadeRoughRiders will soon play their first home game:

  • I was a bit cheeky this week with my poke at the SEO and search engines in general with Credit Card Balance Transfer Trick, did a little bit of SEO chicanery and got a lot of folks dropping by for all the wrong reasons. I view SEO trickery as bollocks (pardon the language my brothers in the UK).
  • As with most things in life with Insurance Claims: Timing is Everything, but remember to check what kind of calendar your insurance company is using.
  • I have been rattling around my archives lately (deleting some of the really atrocious stuff) and figured I should do a retrospective on the whole tuition thing, which gave you University Cost How Much ? For those just entering the game, you have my sympathies.

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Tennis, Racing, Inflation and #BestofFinancial

I finally finished “the Stand” a novel by Stephen King, but I listened to the audio book, and it was 48 hours long (I am not kidding, click here to see it on Audible), but I am glad I listened to it. I am in a Stephen King mood right now, and I have always wanted to finish this book (never got passed the first 1/3 before), but now I can check that book off the list. Yes, I am bragging that I listened to a book.

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Happy Canada Day

There have been many funny jokes written about the latest alleged incident at the World Cup of Football, where Uruguayan striker Suarez allegedly took a bite out of an Italian opponent in their previous game this week. I have seen a lot of weird sports things in my life, and this just adds to the list. We have seen biting in Hockey, but mostly players biting each others fingers and such, a shoulder bite is a much more interesting occurrence.

The Banks have their rules and their ways of doing things, but hitting an injured soldier with a $7K penalty while selling his home (that he could no longer afford due to his injuries), is a bit of a nightmare scenario. The unfortunate part is I am sure if someone in the head office, say in the media relations side of things, had heard of this earlier, they would have done something about it, but having it come out in the Media now paints the Bank as being heartless and uncaring. Funny how decisions at the local level can harm the reputation of an entire firm? (but not really).

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My Writings for Week Ending June 27th

Canada day this weekend, and most folks with sense (who are allowed to take vacation) are taking Monday off as well, thus creating an awesome 4 day weekend:

  • Yes, I think the Red Flags are up, and I write about them with Who said Inflation ? CPI Up in Canada, with Gas prices now a little out of control, we may see less economic stimulation from the Bank of Canada (soon).
  • The Electricity Quandary is a two-pronged discussion of the new “Smart Thermostats” that Ontario Hydro is pushing and a discussion of the future of the Electricity Grid in North America.
  • I have a massive archive of posts, so I am going back through many of them, so Thursdays looks to be Throwback Thursdays for a while, and with that I brought you, A Financial Plan B (revisited), do you have a Plan B yet?
  • I also appeared in this weeks Carnival of Risks #211 over at Workers’ Comp Insider, well worth a read if you are paranoid about lightning (like I am).
  • You do realize I have an odd sense of humor with Joke of the Day: Chickmunks .

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I finally finished “the Stand” a novel by Stephen King, but I listened to the audio book, and it was 48 hours long (I am not kidding, click here to see it on Audible), but I am glad I listened to it. I am in a Stephen King mood right now, and I have always wanted to finish this book (never got passed the first 1/3 before), but now I can check that book off the list. Yes, I am bragging that I listened to a book.

Canadian Flag

Happy Canada Day

There have been many funny jokes written about the latest alleged incident at the World Cup of Football, where Uruguayan striker Suarez allegedly took a bite out of an Italian opponent in their previous game this week. I have seen a lot of weird sports things in my life, and this just adds to the list. We have seen biting in Hockey, but mostly players biting each others fingers and such, a shoulder bite is a much more interesting occurrence.

The Banks have their rules and their ways of doing things, but hitting an injured soldier with a $7K penalty while selling his home (that he could no longer afford due to his injuries), is a bit of a nightmare scenario. The unfortunate part is I am sure if someone in the head office, say in the media relations side of things, had heard of this earlier, they would have done something about it, but having it come out in the Media now paints the Bank as being heartless and uncaring. Funny how decisions at the local level can harm the reputation of an entire firm? (but not really).


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My Writings for Week Ending June 27th

Canada day this weekend, and most folks with sense (who are allowed to take vacation) are taking Monday off as well, thus creating an awesome 4 day weekend:

  • Yes, I think the Red Flags are up, and I write about them with Who said Inflation ? CPI Up in Canada, with Gas prices now a little out of control, we may see less economic stimulation from the Bank of Canada (soon).
  • The Electricity Quandary is a two-pronged discussion of the new “Smart Thermostats” that Ontario Hydro is pushing and a discussion of the future of the Electricity Grid in North America.
  • I have a massive archive of posts, so I am going back through many of them, so Thursdays looks to be Throwback Thursdays for a while, and with that I brought you, A Financial Plan B (revisited), do you have a Plan B yet?
  • I also appeared in this weeks Carnival of Risks #211 over at Workers’ Comp Insider, well worth a read if you are paranoid about lightning (like I am).
  • You do realize I have an odd sense of humor with Joke of the Day: Chickmunks .

 

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This Week’s Finest

An extremely long weekend ahead for those that can take Monday off, and luckily gas prices are at record highs (said he sarcastically):

  • It has been a year since the tragic death of Rowan Stringer playing rugby, and there are new findings that have been published about second impact syndrome, if your child plays a contact sport, you need to read and understand this.
  • A good rule in life is, “Just because you have $20, doesn’t mean you have to SPEND $20″, and Michael James expands on that with RRIF withdrawal rates do not have to rule your life.
  • You know technology is main stream when the NY Times writes about it, and glad to see the piece of A Breakdown of the Raspberry Pi, shows some of the nifty things being done with it.
  • I am simple soul, and I keep hearing about Market-Linked GICs, but I don’t understand them, however Moneysense (and Pat Bolland in specific) writes about Market-Linked GICs: Have your stock cake and eat it too, the title should really have added a question mark, I think I understand them better.
  • You on Pope Francis’ twitter feed? You should be, he says some interesting stuff (and I am not Catholic), like this, “How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.”, note no mention of eating fish on Friday or women wearing hats in Church.
  • Time says that Sting (the singer, not the wrestler) will not let his kids walk in his fields of gold, nice Dad
  • Mark from 2nd Career Search points out that there is lots of good stuff on the Interweb even a Free MIT or Harvard Education if you want it. The interweb is good for something other than Porn? Whodathunkit?
  • If you read my Twitter feed this week you would have learned that my favorite Basic (programming language) game was HMRABI.
  • Kerry at Squawkfox tries to figure out why an “Over the Air” TV Antenna has got to be so expensive with Is Dollarama’s $3 HDTV Antenna worth it. That works great in the GTA, but in the frozen outback of Ottawa, you need some amplification for your antenna to get the best response.
  • Barry from Money We Have is still on a vacation kick so he explains to us Europe Food Costs, How I Ate Everything, hope he didn’t eat it all, think of the children!
  • Someone sent me two cans of Canadian Cider by mail, because I use their Social Media Tool (Klout), to paraphrase Yakov Smirnoff, “What a country!”. Who knew you could mail cider?
  • Jason over at For Funds Sake asks a very good question we should all ask (especially when buying big-ticket items) How Many Hours Did THAT cost ? That might slow down your purchasing speed.
  • How could a single hyphen destroy an $80M rocket? Read this Gizmodo piece on The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket, hard to understand these days, but back then, it was all paper and pencil!
  • It is the summer time, have you Given Blood lately? Someone you know or love might need it, it is in you to give.
  • If you are on the hunt for a good Equity ETF with an international flavour Mark from My Own Advisor has for you Top International Equity ETFs for YOUR portfolio.
  • Mark the Blunt Bean Counter wanted to know Inheritance: Are you a loving child - a Waiter or a Hoverer ? I am more of a Vulture, much like on that 70′s T-Shirt of the two Vultures on a branch, one saying, “Patience HELL! I’m gonna go KILL something!”

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Seinfeld on Technology

If there is one thing that Jerry Seinfeld knows, it is technology, and here he is helping out Wired with some new rules about how to be stylish with technology.

The National Film Board, a National Treasure

You do realize pretty much every National Film Board short and such is on-line waiting for you to watch? Even Oscar-winning ones, like this:

The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada

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