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Random Thoughts: Spring Ahead

in DRIP, Financial Apocalypse, Procrastination and Financial Planning, Random Thoughts, Stock Market

Remember this weekend is the Spring Ahead weekend, and your clocks go ahead by an hour on Sunday morning. In Ottawa that means it is very dark in the mornings again, but the days seem to be much longer with the sun being up at 7:00 PM in March, which is always a nice feeling (however, 20 cm snowstorms and freezing rain are both very likely as well).

How are your Lenten challenges going? Still living on cash, or cutting down on your discretionary spending in some fashion? Remember a slip for one day is simply a slip, and no reason to abandon your plan, keep at it!

Springing Forward Financially

  • Remember that next week is National Procrastination Week, so plan not to plan anything or to put off whatever you have planned, because it’ll get done some time (March 9-15, if you can get around to it).
  • Michael James writes about Warren Buffett’s Solution for Mortgage Abuses, which sounds simple, but may be too simple, since as Mr. J. points out no politician wants to be known as the Person who stopped folks from being able to buy their dream house.
  • Preet at Where Does All My Money Go posts a very interesting graph showing the Distribution of Stock Market return from 1825 to today. A descriptive graphical help, with the disappointing point that this year is starting at the far left of the distributions.
  • Larry MacDonald encourages his readers to Tough it Out in the investment world, with some suggestions on how to deal with the current Financial Apocalypse.
  • Gail Vaz Oxlade talks about Setting Expectations for kids’ allowances, which is a topic near and dear to my heart. Do you control how your kids spend their allowance?

Have a great weekend all!


  • March 7, 2009, 8:53 AM

    Thanks for the link – enjoy the shortened weekend. I wonder what the government will eventually do with all the daylights savings they’ve accumulated. With compounding, we must have a few months in the bank…

  • Johnny G March 6, 2009, 10:04 AM

    where is the link to the NFB video? Pls entertain me!

  • Michael James March 6, 2009, 6:10 AM

    Thanks for the mention. Enjoy your weekend even thought we’re being cheated of an hour of it.


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