Easter and New Beginnings
My guess is I had a good Easter weekend, given I am writing this before it, but only publishing it on Monday (yes I am that lazy (some might say prepared)). Last week we had some April Fools jokes (Google claiming it had changed it’s name to Topeka was a good one), here in Ottawa we had a radio station announcing a false weather forecast for the weekend that seemed to catch a few folks off guard as well (I didn’t hear it, but the accounts I have been given of it, sounds funny).
Financially more talk of Interest rate increases and the Major Banks already starting to raise their Mortgage rates in anticipation of these pending updrafts in rates. The Apple iPad was also launched to glowing reviews from those who love Apple products and mixed reviews from the skeptics. Me I’d like one, if someone wants to give me one to review, I promise to use it!
In the Personal Finance Blogosphere we had some interesting thoughts as well:
- The Canadian Couch Potato wrote about The Bond Dilemna and how rising interest rates are bad for bonds. It is something I must deal with soon, as I have a fair amount of money in bonds for now (time to run to GIC’s maybe)
- While Michael James is full of Natural Gas most of the time he is happy he is now buying Cheap Natural Gas from his Gas supplier as well.
- Keeping with the Bond theme, Preet (a big lover of Bondage) asks Is Your Brokerage’s Bond Desk a Profit Centre?, which means things cost more than they should, never a good thing (those who do should be horsewhipped (keeping with the bondage theme as well)).
- The Canadian Capitalist talks about the tools of the trade that he uses in Portfolio snapshot with Google docs (or should that be Topeka docs?). Interesting way to make information safe and backed up as well
- Larry MacDonald writes about Another elderly couple scammed which I think is despicable. Who(m)ever perpetrates this kind of scam, will get their just rewards, and hopefully I will be around to see them get it!
- It is still tax season and Canadian Financial DIY points out a Tax Filing and Foreign Income Form T1135 – Save Some Trees and Your Time. CRA is looking to increase the government’s income, don’t give them an excuse to come after you
- Jay a new writer at Four Pillars points out that Time Is a Valuable Commodity and he is oh so write. I never have enough time, ever!
- Congrats to Ellen Roseman on celebrating Three Years and 250 blog posts later, good for her, I am still here after 6 years, we shall see how much longer we can all keep this up!
Enjoy this new Financial Quarter, and this new month! You start again with a clean slate.