Hard to believe how fast 25 years can fly by, but sure enough, with my Silver Anniversary Celebration my age hit home (hard). I am now one of the old guys I used to make fun of when I first starting working (and of course now I have a much greater respect for the wisdom they tried to pass on to me in my early working days. Here is looking forward to the Golden Anniversary in 2037!
Mark Carney urged Canadian firms to stick a crow bar into their wallets and start spending some of that cash that they are stockpiling. The Banks seem to have listened as there is talk of them increasing their dividends to their investors (which would make this investor quite happy thanks). Spend money to help the economy arguments always make me very nervous, you want me to go into debt to help other people? Something in that argument troubles me.
The Royal family let it all hang out again, and I for one am glad to hear about it. If it weren’t for Prince Harry, the Royal family would be the most dull and boring folks, but he adds a lot of spice (OK, sometimes a little too much spice) to the mix. I am sure he will be a little more chaste for a while, but I look forward to his next adenvture inflagrante.
For me September means many things, but it also means the return of the NFL, so many hours to be spent watching football. I have watched American Football take over as America’s past time but I just wish the games didn’t drag on as long as they do (I don’t even watch baseball any more for that same reason). Will there be NHL hockey to watch this fall? Maybe, we’ll see if Gary B. and the owners can get their heads out of their posteriors and figure out how to compromise (a little) so that everyone can get filthy stinking rich.
A special week for me, but also some new data from our friends at Stats Canada as well:
- What’s Up It’s Sunday #Bro had some of the best of my Tweets over the past week, there are some real gems in my archives (that I hope you take a minute and read).
- A bit of better news with Inflation Lower in July in Canada in 2012, however, gas prices are ping ponging up and down and food prices continue to rise, so not that good news.
- Taking some of my own advice with One Phone Call and $1200 later saved, I was happier with Rogers (not delighted, but happier).
- With my 25th wedding anniversary I hopped into the BCM Time Machine and had some Advice for me 25 Years ago, which still holds true today.
- 25 Years and then What points out how much things have changed in those 25 years, gotta love that cell phone picture, classic!
And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1150 folks who follow me, holy liftin! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?).
Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+ as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page include many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).
#ShoutOuts for the Week
We marked the 1 year anniversary of Jack Layton’s passing, Prince Harry’s nude tuchos, and some asinine remarks about women’s innate abilities to not conceive children after being raped, luckily my favorite writers had other topics in mind:
- Larry MacDonald returns pointing out that Financial Regulators are in No Rush to put Investors first, which is true of many regulators these days.
- My Own Advisor had a guest writer for Spending Your Money Consciously an interesting concept, I suppose I could be spending unconsciously which might explain some of my credit card bills.
- Joe at Timeless Finance gets out his nasty stick with Roll Coins: A How-to Guide, I used to roll them when you had paper, not easy to use TUBES, that is how old school I am!
- Canadian Budget Binder got a Reader’s Question: How much debt before I budget, which I think is a trick question, you should budget BEFORE so you don’t GET in debt!
- GroceryAlerts.ca gives us an interesting Ultimate Calculator Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers, do you have a senior citizens version for Mrs. C8j?
- Michael James has some interesting ideas on Battling Insurance Fraud, the video alone on this post should make you want to get a dashboard camera.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade points out that school is starting soon so has 9 ways to Save $$$ While at University, hopefully my kids will read this too.
- The LIBOR scandal makes it on to Tusk Trader’s radar (it never left really) with More problems with the regulators than with the banks.
- Preet who is MAD busy, manages to get out Podcast Episode 10: Lots of Fun, with many interesting subjects, and a mea culpa on why he hasn’t been around much lately (he is a very busy guy).
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