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The good news of the week is Master Big C8j (my son) has had the K-wires removed from his elbow/humerus, and is on the mend from his summer elbow destruction. The CHEO parking lot was a zoo thanks to a new enterovirus going around, and the ortho clinic was busy with 90 kids waiting for either a checkup or have their cast changed (or removed). Took a while to get it all done, but the folks at CHEO work hard for their money, I have no complaints, and am glad they are around.

Alibaba (the IPO) is happening today, and I am watching the whole sequence of events with great interest . I think I am prejudice against Chinese investments like this, but part of it is because I honestly have no idea how the Chinese “market” works, and due to this how can I buy into one of their “market leaders”? It’s like asking me who is the best Pakistani Cricketer (not to be derisive about Cricket, my Grandfather loved the game, I just never watched it), I have no idea, because I have no expertise in the area.

Union Jack

This Flag Might Have been a Little Less Blue, had the vote gone differently

I was saddened to read about Rob Ford’s cancer issues. While I have lampooned the man, and his Mayoral run, no one deserves Cancer and I wish him good luck in his fight (I am hoping his fighting spirit works in his favor in this battle).

Apple claims 4 million iPhone 6’s sold in the first 24 hours of sales, which is interesting, since I heard from my sources that the Canadian Apple store was down at 3:00 AM when the sales were supposed to start. Amazing what tech crazes cause normal folks to do, isn’t it? Also interesting to see that the NFC chip in the iphone 6 will only work with Apple Pay (initially).

I remember when Charles De Gaulle while visiting Edinburgh shouted, “Vive L’Écosse! Vive L’Écosse Libre!“, well maybe not, but it seems my kilt wearing brethren from up North voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Speaking as the son of a Welshman, Pob lwc! and thanks for all the new powers that Wales will inherit from this healthy public exchange! As was heard during the campaign, Free Scotland! (from the Scottish)…

My Writings for Week Ending September 19th

It is chilly and the leaves are changing colour here in Ottawa, and all the MP’s are back to do, whatever they do.

Scotia Bank Value Visa

Get $50 in free trades.

This Week’s Finest

Will Alibaba open the cave of wonders? Scotland will be keeping it’s kilt in the United Kingdom at least.

Heart Pumping

You are doing this right now, amazing eh?

Preet on Television

Yes, Preet , was on the Bottom Line this week on the CBC. He was growing a beard, but he seems to have shaved it off, or was this taped at a different time?!?! Hmmm… TV is an interesting medium.

And Now For Something Completely Different

A hot dog eating contest, with a hamster.

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  • My Own Advisor September 21, 2014, 8:47 AM

    Thanks for the Bottom Line video – didn’t see this one yet. No deficit in Ottawa this year…but overall, we’re suffering here when it comes to debt load. Hopefully things are coming around when it comes to the overall economy. I always enjoy Preet’s take on things.

    Thanks for the mention!
    Mark

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  • Potato September 20, 2014, 4:31 PM

    Thanks for the mention! I’ll agree with Mark (like my voice adds anything there): ultimate people do have to track their own TFSA contributions, as if there’s a mistake on the CRA site it doesn’t get someone off the hook for over-contributing.

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  • Peter September 19, 2014, 8:50 PM

    Great reads, thank you from Alliston, Ontario

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  • The Blunt Bean Counter September 19, 2014, 10:32 AM

    Hey BCM, some nice posts this week. I would echo a comment u received on the TFSA post, the TFSA balance is almost always out of date since it is the beginning of the year, I have not found that figure to be reliable other than as the beginning of the year balance.

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    • bigcajunman September 19, 2014, 11:09 AM

      OK that is a good point to know, we should all keep that in mind.

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  • Michael James September 19, 2014, 9:50 AM

    “I don’t know” can be a very good answer. Thanks for the mention.

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    • bigcajunman September 19, 2014, 11:10 AM

      I am old enough now, and have little ego, so “I don’t know” is a regular answer for me.

      Reply

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