Random Thoughts: Lazy Days of Summer

in Insurance, Random Thoughts

Roll out them…

In the words of  Nat King Cole, roll out those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy days of Summer, the temperature is way up, but the markets are up as is the employment numbers, which suggests a rate hike is certain in the very near future (next announcement is scheduled for July 20th).

I did enjoy having a guest post this week on RDSP‘s, and hope to have other guest posts (but please if you are planning on sending me a proposal, remember who my audience is).  Remember to subscribe to my twitter feed as I do post a lot more of my favorite posts (not just in the area of Personal Finance as well), for your reading enjoyment.

What is new in the Blogosphere this week (if you weren’t reading my oh so interesting Tweets?

  • I trust not too many Pet Lovers were dismayed by my Pet Insurance post, I do like animals, but they shouldn’t bankrupt me, Young and Thrifty inspired the post with Good Bye Pet Insurance, but Free Money Finance also chimed in with What People Would Spend to Save their Pets. All in all a big Pet week!
  • Michael James wondered if Poker Can Save Your Portfolio, acting as a replacement for thrill seeking investors. I disagreed and think Gamblers Anonymous might not agree either.
  • The Canadian Capitalist went back to basics and pointed out some Useful Used Car Pricing Resources, which can help when going out to blow big money on a new set of wheels.
  • Money Ning went to the Zen side of Personal Finance asking Spending Styles: Things vs. Experiences , I like things, but it is the experiences I remember.
  • Larry MacDonald, “Cries Havoc! and unleashes a new Dogs of the Dow…” (or something similar to that, and it’s for the TSX). Will he beat the TSX? Only time will tell.
  • Preet (who appeared on my old favorite radio station in Montreal, CJAD 800) points out that the ECOFEE is a Tax! So not only do we have the HST, now we have ECOFEES, which Ellen Roseman alleges Canadian Tire is Overcharging for these ECOFees, too!
  • BalanceJunkie asks the odd question, Why do Bears Always Wear Black Hats ? Sort of like why do Salmon only ride Unicycles? Of course they are writing about Bear markets, and folks who predict them always being ridiculed, but wouldn’t it be interesting to see a Salmon on a Unicycle too?
  • The Gone Fishin Portfolio is reviewed by the Canadian Couch Potato, and of course anything that mentions, Gone Fishin, must be OK by me.
  • Canadian Finance Blog has some tips on Calculating Fuel Economy with your car, and given how expensive gas is getting these days, you’d better watch that number closely as well.

Weekly Reminder

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  • youngandthrifty July 18, 2010, 1:09 PM

    Thanks for the mention Big Cajun =)

    Yes, it was a big pet week. All about pet insurance.

    A reader told me to listen to “someone else’s money” on This American Life- it was pretty interesting, talking about the origin of health insurance.


    In act three, they talk about pet insurance. How pet health care is looking a lot like human health care now. Dogs with cancer are getting chemotherapy etc. etc.

    I think we are so lucky to have public health insurance in Canada… (for humans!) I couldn’t imagine bargaining with my own health, or being denied for pre-existing conditions.

  • Michael James July 16, 2010, 1:29 PM

    Thanks for the mention. Have a great weekend.

  • Canadian Capitalist July 16, 2010, 1:24 PM

    Thanks for the mention Big C. Cheers!

  • larry macdonald July 16, 2010, 11:58 AM

    Big Cajun
    Just a clarification — I don’t use the new Dogs of the Dow approach myself — it’s just an interesting approach I came across and thought readers might like to know about

    • bigcajunman July 16, 2010, 12:10 PM

      Cry Havoc and WATCH this possible Dogs of the Dow?!?!? OK Larry, dutifully noted.

  • Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog July 16, 2010, 7:41 AM

    Thanks for the mention BCM!

  • Balance Junkie July 16, 2010, 8:33 AM

    Hmmm. Salmon on unicycles, eh? It would take me a while to figure out what that might be a metaphor for. Thanks for including my article – and have a lazy weekend! 🙂

  • Miranda July 16, 2010, 7:26 AM

    Thanks for including my MoneyNing post!


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