Government Shutdowns, Hockey Returns, New iPhone and Friday #ShoutOuts

in Best of, Random Thoughts

Our friends down south have decided that having their Government shut down is a good thing, or at least the Congress thinks it is a good thing. My guess is that there will be  a resolution fairly soon, but for those who think they have “saved” money by having the government shut down, the last time this happened, they gave civil servants back pay for the days off. My opinion is that the rule should have been that this kind of stuff should cause a snap election for all seats in both houses, since they can’t work together.

To my delight (and Mrs. C8j’s not as much delight) hockey has returned, the baseball playoffs has started, there are two different football leagues going (NFL & CFL) and Formula 1 is still going on, so there are sports on all the time!!! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for me.

I note the new iPhone is now sold out in many places, just goes to show that marketing is a powerful tool, since it really seems to have no new features (aside from the iOS 7 making all iPhones waterproof thing).

My Weekly Recap

Tom Clancy passed away this week, no more Jack Ryan stories I suppose:

My Writings for Week Ending October 4th

Autumn in Ottawa Continues to be more Summer than Fall

Orthogonal Stuff Downsizing

If you are thinking you need to downsize, maybe you should read this to look at it a different way.

True Believers in Investing Are Not the Norm

Zealotry can be seen in many investing groups, but if you shine a light on them, their story becomes a little less over the top.

Paid For Car is Free and Clear, Right?

There is no such thing as a free car, unless your Dad is paying for it.

Revisiting Cancel those “old” Credit Cards

It is important to cancel old credit cards, don’t just leave them lying around or you’ll end up with charges you didn’t expect.


Links for the Week

Jacques Parizeau is against the new PQ Charter of Rights? This is why I love Quebec politics, even when you think you understand the rules, they go and change the game:

Top Stories of the Week of  October 4th

 October begins, the last Quarter of 2013 begins

Financial Advisor or Do It Yourself?

Michael James wonders if Canadians can be trusted to invest well with their own money? I think the answer is that everyone needs help everyone once in a while is a valid one.


 America was not shut down properly. Would you like to start America in safe mode?

(Recommended) RT @cshallwriter

My approach for higher interest rates

Surprisingly Mark from My Own Advisor is not advising us to cower under the bed in dealing with a higher interest world (yes that is what I advise).

Sleepy Portfolio 3Q-2013 Update

The Canadian Capitalist  updates us on one of his sleepy portfolios success in the past 3 months. I find these posts useful examples for new investors to see how and where others invest their money.

You’ve Never Seen Pi Like This


Top 20 Films about Finance: From Crisis to Con Men

An interesting view of “Money Men” and how they have been portrayed in movies.

Charitable Giving – The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit – Why is it Necessary?

The Blunt Bean Counter points out that with the new First Time donation super credit, and wonders why more folks don’t give more, more often (if that makes sense).


 Finance and capital markets

Videos on finance and macro-economics from the Khan Academy. If you read nothing else I mention here, watch these videos.

@AlyssaJRichard explains how @RateHub saves Canadians money on mortgages (PODCAST)

Preet true to his word, continues to “blog” (well Podcast at least) with yet another interesting Podcast for your listening pleasure.


Something Else to Do with a Stump

I had a tree in my front yard cut down last week, but if I had known I could hire a guy like this to make something interesting out of the stump, I wouldn’t have had it ground down.

Other Bookkeeping

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  • My Own Advisor October 4, 2013, 7:38 PM

    “Jacques Parizeau is against the new PQ Charter of Rights? This is why I love Quebec politics, even when you think you understand the rules, they go and change the game.”

    I had to laugh, I thought the same thing.

    Have a great weekend, thanks for the support BCM.


  • Michael James October 4, 2013, 9:06 AM

    The America not shut down properly bit cracked my up. Thanks for the mention.

  • The Blunt Bean Counter October 4, 2013, 7:44 AM

    BCM, thx for the link, but your delight at the NHL starting back will be turn to horror on Sat night as the Leafs destroy the Alfredson less Sens 🙂

    • bigcajunman October 4, 2013, 8:04 AM

      Maybe, we shall see, at least the season has started.


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