Random Thoughts: Remembering Is Important

in Disability Insurance, Financial Apocalypse, Insurance, Nortel, Pensions, Random Thoughts, Stock Market

For the Remembrance Day week, there was much to reflect on. We live in a great Country (Canada) and are lucky for those who have fought for us and those in our Armed Forces today. Thank You.

I was also excited to see that the Ottawa Public Library has updated their “Stone Knives and Bearskins” interface and are now testing a brand new interface which I like a great deal (and you can find me on their as bigcajunman as well). Try it out and tell the folks what you think of it.

From the Financial Blogosphere

Given the N.C.F.B.A. met this week, I always feel a level of rejuvenation in my blog, and also a level of confusion, given some of the topics that are discussed by some of the members are well over my head financially. I listen and attempt to learn as much as I can, and then go and read about the topics more (so for me it’s like going to a seminar on high level finance ideas).

  • Michael James wrote about Veterans’ Pensions and just how little we pay permanently disabled soldiers and members of the military (shockingly low, but might be tax free).
  • Speaking of disabilities the Canadian Capitalist wrote about The Sad Story of Nortel LTD Beneficiaries which is another scandalous issue. These folks are going to lose their benefits (or already have lost them), because of how Nortel ran their program. Read the posting, and then ask yourself how your company does Long Term Disability benefits.
  • Soon to be Television Personality Preet at WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo put up a useful video on What is a Mutual Fund for those wanting to learn more about how that investment vehicle works. Preet will hopefully soon be seen on the W Network on a weekly basis, stay tuned.
  • Larry MacDonald (who promises to write a follow up one day of his successful book Nortel: Telecomm Empire) writes a useful posting on the Quotable Guide to Passive Investing where he gives you some quips from some very good books about passive investing.
  • Gail Vaz-Oxlade tells you 8 Reasons Why You Don’t Save right on target as usual (wish she wasn’t sometimes).
  • Promod at Riscario Insider write about Three Reasons Why Financial Literacy Eludes Us again, wish he wasn’t right.

Have a great weekend all, remember it’s time to put your Snow Tires on!


  • Four Pillars November 13, 2009, 7:41 PM

    Thanks a lot for the link – I’ve met up with Preet and yes, he’s a bright guy (obviously). 🙂


  • WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com November 13, 2009, 1:25 PM

    Thanks for the link. Believe me, meeting with you guys is a real treat and I learn TONNES from you and your blogs. I’m in the business, and you guys are not – which makes your knowledge and insight truly, truly remarkable.

    • bigcajunman November 13, 2009, 1:36 PM

      I’ll agree that our insights are unique, whether they are valid remains to be seen.

  • Canadian Capitalist November 13, 2009, 10:16 AM

    Thanks for the mention! Cheers!

  • Michael James November 13, 2009, 8:50 AM

    Thanks for the mention. The knowledge level at our meetings always takes a step up when Preet is in town.

    • bigcajunman November 13, 2009, 9:06 AM

      He compensates well for my stone knives and bearskins approach that I bring to the table.


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