Senators, Retiring Rich and #BestMoneyStories

Yes, Mark at My Own Advisor is in 7th Hockey Heaven, and most of the City of Ottawa is celebrating about the Senators improbable playoff run. They lose their two best goalies, bring up a guy who was not very good in the AHL (and allegedly was thinking of retiring) and they now are in the middle of a very exciting playoff fight. Will they succeed? Hey, I can’t predict stocks to buy, why would I be able to prognosticate hockey games? I will watch closely though.

Ottawa is also agog about another Senator, the Patrick Duffy trial continues on with more defecating elephants (figuratively speaking) than Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. This is going to get ugly in terms of mud-slinging, and the interesting part for me is that Mr. Duffy will start receiving his salary as a Senator again (if he isn’t somehow unseated) the day after the Federal Election is called. I think your best financial plan for retirement, is to become a Senator.

Congrats to the Duke Blue Devils on winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, excellent game, well worth watching. A brick bat to Bo Ryan Coach of Wisconsin for complaining about the officiating and “one and out” players, no place for that kind of talk coach, you are training men about life.

Seems we will have a deficit-free budget this year, but how this was all balanced is another more interesting story.

Retire Rich 2015 happened on Wednesday, and it was fun to watch the Twitter feeds from there with some of the more helpful statements included, naturally, I jumped in with my own helpful hints as well. Note that Preet’s theory of a perfect financial life is the same design that Lotus F1 cars were designed with (cross the finish line, win the race and then fall to pieces).

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My Writings for Week Ending April 10th

Wonder if McDonald’s will resurrect the Hamburgler character in their ads? Didn’t have a “best of” last week so let’s review a bunch of older stuff from me:

  • Having a little too much fun with my daughter’s Student Line of Credit, which isn’t really set up quite right, do these banks know who I am, and want me to write about them?
  • Had a little April Fools fun, which coincided with a lovely N.C.F.B.A. dinner out with Active Investors Fight Back, didn’t happen, but Preet is getting quite vocal on social media about things.
  • It was World Autism Awareness day on April 2nd, or as we call it around the C8j house, Thursday (it is also one of my daughter’s birthday).
  • Given I have an iPad, I find the lack of iPad Compatible Banking Apps to be quite annoying (some banks have them, while others rely on their iPhone app, which is not really the same).
  • I did learn something on the weekend about Lottery Tickets and Credit Card Cash Advances, I guess I am glad I don’t go to the Casino.


Asked Tangerine (who does have an iPad compatible app) about why they don’t have a Personal Line of Credit, got this answer

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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.

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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).

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 .

 

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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Easter is here, the most important festival in the Christian religion (sorry Christmas, without Easter you kind of don’t have Christianity). I haven’t written too much about it this year, but to me this is a time of renewal and restarting things, which I am going to try to do (both health wise and financial wise).

On this Holy Weekend What is the True Faith of Investing?

On this Holy Weekend What is the True Faith of Investing?

It is the Stanley Cup and NBA Playoff season, which is heaven for a “Sporto” like me. Heck I find myself even watching Premiership Soccer on Saturday mornings, and of course Formula 1 (and it’s odd sounding cars) is also in full swing. I have even started watching baseball again (having grown up within walking distance of Jarry Park (the original home of the Expos in Montreal)). Yes, my wife is not happy, but she deals with it by having her own things to do while I am watching the games.

Even with the delay caused by the Heartbleed bug, you still should be finalizing your taxes, get to it, you have a long weekend to get it done!

If you followed my Twitter feed you saw a very saucy discussion with Squawkfox that ended with an interesting photo with citrus and lingerie involved, see what you miss when you don’t follow me?

My Writings for Week Ending April 19th

We have seen all seasons this week in Ottawa, with snow, and 24C temperatures, Spring is never dull around here that is for sure.

Spring Financial Cleaning

Quicken is a very useful tool, but you must be diligent keeping your accounts up to date, or you will end up with a lost weekend the way I did, last weekend.

Are We Running Out of SIN ?

Not sure if we are or not, but I did learn a great deal more about how Canada’s Social Insurance Numbers are coded, but it will be interesting to see how long only 9 digits last.

Tax Confusion and Delays

Thanks to the Heartbleed bug we have a little longer to pay our taxes (if we owe money), and I found a nifty picture on the CRA site showing their electronic archives for all of our returns (OK only a geek like me would think it was cool).

DIY Balanced Funds for Investing

Can you actually justify being charged a 2.55% Management Fee? Why not make your own Balanced Fund?

Good Friday

You got a preview of my FAVES page with this post as well.

Cornucopia Section

Evidently Preet is spending his long weekend designing a web site, Michael James is chuckling somewhere:

Peeps Ahoy

Chris Pirillo gives us how to destroy Peeps, an Easter tradition:

British Pathe on Youtube

Amazing to think that we used to only get our news from newsreels, and British Pathe was the Google of their time for media, so here are a few very interesting Pathe shorts for your enjoyment: Did you realize that a bomber once flew into the Empire State Building? This is 56 years before 9/11.

Remember my RSS feed is available too, and I have added an RSS Comment Feed as well. Have a look at my micro-blog on Twitter, where you can see a whole plethora of good articles and pithy comments by me as well. Twitter feed where I re-tweet many great articles by some of my featured writers (and make the occasional odd or off colour commentary on life (in 140 characters or less)). I am also on reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and other Social Media sites (look for the BigCajunMan userid) as well. If you have social media accounts, don’t forget to vote for my posts (see the nifty dashboard on the bottom of each article, where you can cast your votes).As they say in Quebec, vote early and vote often! This site is iPhone Friendly (and Android , iPod Touch and iPad Friendly), enjoy it on the go, in a readable format for the device. If you are reading with an iPhone or Android device, drop me a comment and tell me if this needs any improvements. This site is also in the Kindle Blog list, if youare interested.

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