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Random Thoughts: Whale of a Tale or Two…

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Call Me Ishmael

So on the Internet this week, there is a picture that is making the rounds of a Yacht that was big splashed by a whale, not sure if it is real or not, but it is quite interesting (see the end of this post for a version of it). Sometimes in life things happen that we haven’t planned, and that is why it is important to have good financial plans (holy crap, now I sound like Marlin Perkins!).

So is this week’s Random Thoughts going to be a plethora of Tall Tales and Fishing Stories about the one that got away? I don’t think so, but you dear reader can judge for yourself:

  • Canadian Financial DIY points out that even if you tell people everything on paper, there is no guarantee that they will read it, Mutual Fund Disclosure and Advisors. You can take a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink.
  • Michael James points out the reverse logic in the statement Does Buying a House Make You more Financially Responsible ? He has an excellent basketball take in this post as well. The Wealthy Boomer started the discussion with his post Homeowners more Financially Fit.
  • With the demise of the ECO-Fees fiasco here in Ontario, Ellen Roseman points out the Many Mistakes Made Leading to the End of ECO-Fees. A tax-grab by any other name would smell as putrid.
  • Young and Thrifty poses the interesting question Big Bank or Mortgage Broker ? I would lean towards a Mortgage Broker if you are lazy like me, but only use one that you get good references from, if you like bargaining, take a run at the Bank, you might be able to get a better deal.
  • The Canadian Capitalist was on a commodities kick this week, with a few posts on Commodity trading, including A Survey of Broad Commodity Index ETFs and ETNs. Do you really want to invest in commodities is the tough question.
  • Preet shows his romantic side with his post A Successful Wedding Plan . I note no mention of a prenuptual agreement, so I don’t think it is that good.
  • Free Money Finance write about 11 Smart Ways to Get out of Debt , it’s amazing there are infinite dumb ways to get into debt, unfortunately.
  • Larry MacDonald comments on a book that writes about How to Buy at Maximum Pessimism, which is an interesting way too look at things (and I didn’t think it was possible to Maximize Pessimism, sort like minimizing infinity).
  • A helpful post for all of you planning on winning the lottery is the Squawkfox’s Don’t Blow your Dough! post about how to deal with windfall money. Reminds me of a joke by Steve Martin, “How do you not pay taxes on $1Million? First, get a million dollars, then…..”.
  • Riscario Insider points out the Most Dangerous Part of Driving, and no it is not peeling away from Red Lights.
  • The Canadian Couch Potato gives us a heads up about BMO Offers Free ETF Trades for New Clients, sounds like an interesting deal.
  • Million Dollar Journey is trying to helpย  us Deciphering the Insurance Puzzle (this is actually a part 1 of a many part cereal running throughout the week). Don’t buy whole life, is the easy part.
  • Want to Win an iPad? Too bad, because I am, but you can go over and see what Preet is doing at 3 Year Anniversary I’m Giving Away Another iPad! You folks can enjoy winning the Spork!

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{ 8 comments }

  • Preet Banerjee July 23, 2010, 9:37 AM

    Thanks for the TWO links – just for that you can borrow Ram’s new iPad…

    Reply
    • bigcajunman July 23, 2010, 9:45 AM

      PREET!!!!!! AAAARRGGGHHH!!!! Enjoy the German Grand Prix, too bad they don’t go into the Black Forest any more

      Reply
  • Canadian Capitalist July 23, 2010, 9:24 AM

    Thanks for the mention! Sorry dude. Preet’s already sent me the iPad ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Reply
  • Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog July 23, 2010, 7:40 AM

    Thanks for the links! I wrote the original “Financial Trap” post, the “Benefits” one was from a guest poster. I figured that even though I think they are no good, might as well let another opinion out there.

    The only way I can see them being worthwhile… you have no access to credit and no heirs to leave anything too.

    Reply
    • bigcajunman July 23, 2010, 7:49 AM

      Good to hear Tom, I was afraid you had joined the dark side of EVIL Financial Bloggers!

      Reply
  • Michael James July 23, 2010, 6:53 AM

    Thanks for the mention. I’m thinking of starting to wear crazy hair like the famous picture of Einstein so I can be smarter.

    Reply
    • bigcajunman July 23, 2010, 7:17 AM

      You mean that’s not your regular hair?

      Reply

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