Seems our friends down south had so much fun with almost upending the world economy, they’d like to try to do it again in January, and so that is what they have agreed upon (thus kicking the can a little farther down the road). Don’t fool yourself into believing all this silly brinkmanship is now over, it has only just begun, and will have much more vitriol each time it happens. It astounds me that there is not a general cry of “Do Your Damn Jobs!” from the U.S. public (to all sides involved), but I suppose this is the new spectator sport for the 21st century.
The Throne Speech was an interesting nonsequitor in terms of saying much about not much. Many folks are eager to see new rules about unbundling of TV channels, and caps on roaming fees, but I am confident that the Telecomm monopolies will find a way to take this and turn it into more profits. Whatever silly rules get imposed, there will be “hired guns” on the Service Provider side of things that will make sure no one gets too good a deal (cynical yes, but also realistic).
Windows 8.1 is about to hit the streets, for those who get excited about things like that. I am still running Windows 7 mostly, so I am not that interested just yet, but I am sure that eventually I will be forced to upgrade and then will have to learn the new nuances that Microsoft has built into their User Interfaces.
My Weekly Recap
It was a shorter week, and with the gloomy fall sun rise and sunset in Ottawa, somewhat somber days as well:
My Writings for Week Ending October 18th
I go to Work in the Dark, I come Home in the Dark … sigh…
We didn’t even have turkey this year, we had Chicken Parm, instead. A very odd Thanksgiving indeed.
If you look at the numbers you might feel a rush of optimism, but the devil is in the details of this report. More folks are working, but more are looking too.
OK it was just an excuse to complain about Halloween and the complete gong show that it has become. I will be taking my son out trick or treating if you are asking.
You know who you are financialÂ #askholes, stop asking for advice if you are just going to do the opposite, stop wasting both our times.
Links for the Week
Somehow I don’t think that Pensions are Worth Zero and I believe that Michael James agrees with that statement as well. If Pensions are worth zero, my retirement is going to be a pretty lean time.
Qualifying Spousal Trusts â€“ What are They and Why do we Care, is a question that is answered by a Guest Poster on Blunt Bean Counter (a two parter), who is a Barrister and Solicitor. Mark always has some interesting stuff on his site (makes my odd posts, seem somewhat odder).
Bet Crooks (a frequent comment writer) writes about Â Why an Ontario Pension Might be a Good Thing, adding another forced saving program might be good for some, but how much more will it all cost?
Mark at My Own Advisor is quite excited about: Â Unbundled Cable Packages Canâ€™t Come Soon Enough, me I am not so sure it is going to be a great savings for most of us. If anything this will cut down the number of channels, since many still exist on their subscription incomes, we shall see how this all shakes out, but my guess is this is not going to be as good as some folks hope.
Marie from Boomer and Echo asks one of the classic questions of personal finance Â RRSP Contribution Or Mortgage Pay Down? The answer in my book is Pay RRSP a little and then take the refund and pay down the Mortgage, or just pay down the mortgage.
While Popular Science has banned on line comments Larry MacDonald asksÂ Should online reader comments be banned? While I understand Pop Sci’s decision (there are some real Science haters out there, bound to spread their disinformation), sites like mine kind of need comments to help me understand my readers a bit more (I think Pop Sci knows their readers mostly already).
Speaking of Popular Science they warn:Â Baristas, The End Is Nigh: Coffee Robots Are HereÂ but will the robots give you the same personal service that you get at your local MoonCents coffee-house?
Preet continues to put out Podcasts with this Week’s Episode:Â Maternity leave â€“ how returning mothers can protect themselves w/ @DavidWhittenWLÂ remember folks that there are laws to protect folks wanting to go on “Family Leave”.
How to Start a Movement
A very interesting Ted.com chat about how being the first person is not how a movement starts, it is the second person who joins in that makes it a movement, watch and you’ll see:
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