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On Turning 50

in Anniversary, Off Topic

Half a Century is a Long Time

Permit me a short wander off topic to remark on some of the remarkable things I have enjoyed in the half century that I have now lived (yes I am turning 50 sometime around now).

I have lived a charmed life (sometimes I refer to myself as one of the luckiest bastards on God’s Green Earth), even though in this blog, you might think I was more like Sad Sack or Joe Btfsplk in that I wander around with a black thunder cloud over my head, I can assure you, this is not the case (but I do get fairly grouchy sometimes). What is important in life? Money? Not really, but don’t quote me on that, or stop reading here, just that that Money is not the most important thing, it’s just one of the things in life.

Fifty Looks Big
Heck 50 Looks Big in Print Even

Financially I have been a little clumsy over these 50 years, however all in all I am a very lucky guy, but it also made me wonder what has really gone on during the 50 years of my life?

Over 50 Years What Has Happened Financially?

Good question let’s take a quick run through some important financial things that have happened over my life time:

  • Canadian dollar was worth about $1.01 American, and today (January 2011) it is worth $1.01 , interesting it is the same, but there have been vast changes over those 50 years.
  • Inflation was at about 2% back then, and it’s about 2% now
  • Bank of Canada’s rate was about 4% back then, but is now only about 1%, so that is a bit of a drop
  • We have moved off the Gold Standard, but now Gold is highly valued (like back in 1961)

{ 9 comments }

  • Freddie @ Invest With Passion January 12, 2012, 6:28 PM

    Happy Birthday and at least 50 more!!!

    Reply
  • My Own Advisor January 13, 2011, 7:52 PM

    I echo another comment: don’t know if today is the BIG day but regardless, Happy Birthday!

    Keep up the great work on the financial ranting, err, blogging.

    Celebrate this weekend will ya?
    Cheers,
    Mark

    Reply
  • Jim Yih January 13, 2011, 11:06 AM

    Happy Birthday Big Guy!
    I appreciate all your financial wisdoms
    Jim

    Reply
    • bigcajunman January 13, 2011, 11:36 AM

      Wisdom? Hmmm, maybe it could be viewed that way, if you’ve had a lot to drink.

      Thanks!

      Reply
  • Balance Junkie January 13, 2011, 8:56 AM

    There’s some really interesting data here. All the best to you as you celebrate your first 50 years on the planet. May your next 50 be just as much fun! 😉

    Reply
    • bigcajunman January 13, 2011, 10:16 AM

      Thanks! I am hoping to have many more 50’s, but maybe I am being optimistic.

      Reply
  • Sustainable PF January 13, 2011, 8:48 AM

    Not sure if TODAY is the big 5-0, regardless, hope it is a good one bigcajunman. A good time to reflect on your 50 years and bask in the glory of making it through all those years.

    Tomorrow, go back to being grumpy 😀

    Reply
    • bigcajunman January 13, 2011, 10:16 AM

      You aren’t grumpy, just opinionated.

      Reply

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