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Random Thoughts: Summer is in the Air

in Bank of Canada, Cell Phone, Financial Apocalypse, Growth, Inflation, Mistakes, Money, Nortel, Ontario Government, Opinion, Random Thoughts, Scams, Stock Market

With Summer coming very soon (on Sunday in fact), and Father’s Day on the same day this weekend looks to be an eventful one for us all.

Financially the week has seen the Nortel CEO Mike Z. standing in front of a group of Canadian politicians and saying, “It simply wasn’t feasible to pay severance,” , you have to respect his chutzpah, but when he started saying he might not get his sweetheart pension, I think he lost all credibility. With the CPI at 0.1% we are in interesting areas where allegedly our prices are not rising, yet the price of food is up 7.1% over 12 months, so the numbers are actually hiding a big issue (i.e. the poor and fixed income folks dealing with huge food price increases).  Evidently this means our interest rates may stay as low as they are for a while longer, which is just wild (IMHO).

Financial Blogging Views

Some interesting posts from my regular reads on the Financial blogging front:

  • Techcrunch talks about the new Apple iPhone 3GS which is out today, will this entice more Canadians to sign up with Fido and Rogers (and their ridiculously expensive data plans)? I’m sticking with my iPod touch, thanks.
  • Ellen Roseman has a little Fun and Games with her students at U of T’s continuing ed program, with Ellen Degenerates Share Club, she wins the funniest one liner of the week.
  • Michael James points out that the CRA No Longer Taxing Loyalty Programs, with a few caveats added on. I wonder if my PC Points fit this new rule?
  • The Canadian Capitalist points out that ‘Simply Save’ with TD Bank might be a no-brainer to sign up for, for someone like me who already does his banking with TD.
  • Preet from WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo points out that the Ultimate W Expert Challenge (which he is a part of) starts this weekend on Sunday! Worthwhile just to see and hear what Preet sounds like (since you aren’t likely to see me on the big screen any time soon).
  • Larry MacDonald points out that Ontario Savings Bonds are on Sale (for a few days more), but wonders if it might be better just to go with high yield bank accounts?
  • Riscario muses about The Three Major Obstacles to Growth according to Brian Tracy, which is a very interesting read.

Stay tuned this weekend, there may not be a video interlude, but there might be something even more interesting. Enjoy the start of summer and remember to call your Dad on Father’s Day!

{ 3 comments }

  • Canadian Capitalist June 19, 2009, 9:17 AM

    I wouldn’t call it a no-brainer. First make sure you won’t be on hook for any fees. If you pass that test, then the bonus might be worth your while.

    Thanks for the link! Happy Father’s Day!

    Reply
  • Michael James June 19, 2009, 9:15 AM

    Thanks for the mention! Enjoy your weekend.

    Reply
  • WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com June 19, 2009, 7:49 AM

    Thanks for the mention – have a great weekend!

    Reply

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