Do you realize that November is Financial Literacy month here in Canada? This means more interesting articles this month from some of your favorite authors banging home some of the more important topics in Financial Literacy. A good month to start reading some new finance sites and learning more about things you might not know enough about.
Interesting new Cabinet Mr. Trudeau has chosen, half of the ministers are women too? A bold statement, we shall see how it all rolls down hill. The new finance minister has a challenge ahead, will he choose envelope B, and blame the Tories for leaving an empty cupboard, or cooking the books? That does seem to be the normal way to do things when you are elected.
The Hydro One IPO is coming up very soon, with a great deal of hub-bub and foofera. Is it a good thing? Is it a good deal? Should you invest in it? I most likely will invest in it, as it will most likely be reflected in one of my core Index Funds, but I will not be buying the stock directly.
My Writings for Week Ending November 6th
A busy week for me this week at home so not a great deal of new content for your Financial Literacy learning, but still some new content:
- For those non-Church goers out there Sunday was All Saints day and I did manage to put out a best of tweets post with All Saintsâ€™ Money Tweets , some interesting stuff in there.
- The one new post for the week was a play on the assertive way many presenters try to convince you of the “truthiness” of their statement with 99.9% of Financial Bloggers Agree, I was thinking of title’ing it 30 Helens Agree (financially), but changed my mind (Kids in the Hall are always a fun thematic premise to work from, I could write about these are the Marks in Finance I know…) .
- I have talked about Financial Literacy in the past so here is last years start with What is Financial Literacy.
Money Stories and Dark Thoughts
Mark from Blunt Bean Counter wants you to learn about Tax Loss Selling (2015), which is a pretty darned advanced Financial Literacy topic, but something you might want to learn about soon, so it is good to read through his explanation of the rules around this tax concept. I have written before about the Tyranny of Choice, but Marie from Boomer and Echo captures the problems well with How Much Choice Is Too Much?
If part of your Financial Literacy goals for this month is learning about investing, Mark from My Own Advisor brings us ETFs and dividend stocks built to last for your portfolio. Do Canadians consider themselves Financially Literate? The Credit Counselling Society says, Fewer of us View Ourselves as Financially Literate compared to last year. Maybe that is a good thing? Good Friend of this site Kerry from Squawkfox wrote in the Globe and Mail this week about Save, spend, share, invest: How to talk with small kids about money, teaching your kids financial literacy is essential (that and Sex Ed, but that is just my opinion). Common Cents Mom explains this month nicely with Financial Literacy Month is Here! #FLM2015. Did you know there is a Financial Literacy Self-Assessment On-Line ? There is and you should go check it out.
I don’t know if I am becoming a bad influence on Michael James but his Financial Dictionary is humorous, but in a very dark way, and it is an important read for anyone wanting to reach Financial Literacy. I don’t want to spoil it for you but my favorite definition is his Pay Day Loans definition, you need to go read that.
Preet on New Taxes
Preet put this up on the Globe site last week, but no matter he draws it, I am still out $1367 dollars thanks to these new tax cuts? For you rich folk at the top of that graph, I am genuinely sorry that you have more money than I do, and have to pay more taxes (not sure that sounds as sincere as it should).
Some Random Thoughts
- January 2nd Random Thoughts on 2014, Welcome to MMXV and #BestOf
- January 9th Frigid Temps, Plunging Oil, Paris and #BestThisWeek
- January 16th Canadian Economy on the Edge, Frigid Temps and #BestThisWeek
- January 23rd Looser Money, Plummeting Loons and #BestThisWeek
- January 30th CLBs, Weak Loons, Tax Time, Superb Owls and #BestThisWeek
- February 6th Superb Decisions, Gas Going Up, Rugby and #BestThisWeek
- February 13th RRSPs, Valentines, 50 Shades of Debt and #BestOfThisWeek
- February 20th Lent Begins, Freezing Temps, Apples and RRSP and #BestOfThisWeek
- February 27th RRSPs, Saint David, Right Arm and #BestOfThisWeek
- March 6th Illness, K-Cups, Interest Rates and #BestOfThisWeek
- March 13th March Madness, Taxes, Friday the 13th and #BestOfThisWeek
- March 20th Spring has Sprung, Ten Years, The Madness and #BestOfThisWeek
- March 27th Death of EPost, More Madness, and #BestMoneyStories
- April 10th Senators, Retiring Rich and #BestMoneyStories
- April 17th Playoffs, Tax Time, Beer tax and #BestMoneyStories
- April 24th RRIF Allowances, Bursary Changes, Budgets and #BestMoneyStories
- May 1st Tax Extensions, Golf Season, Bank Fees, May Day and #BestMoneyStories
- May 8th Alberta Valium, Motherâ€™s Day, Che Guevara, Pay Day Loans and #BestMoneyStories
- May 15th Starbucks, Monty Burns and #BestMoneyStories
- May 22nd Coach Money, CPP Up 18 pct, Losing $15B and #BestMoneyStories
- May 29th Easy Money, Better Cell Deals, Dirty Football and #BestMoneyStories
- June 5th Starbucks, Hacked Government Folk and #BestMoneyStories
- June 12th Voldemort for PM, HSBC Cuts 50K, Hockey Talk and #BestMoneyStories
- June 19th Aeroplan Student Loans, Dadâ€™s Day, Kill CSBs and #BestMoneyStories
- June 26th Summer is Here, Canada Day, Christmas and #BestMoneyStories
- July 3rd 2 Day Work Weeks, 4th of July, Greece, and #BestMoneyStories
- July 10th Glitches, Greece, Recessions and #BestMoneyStories
- July 17th Loosest Money, Weddings, Greece and #BestMoneyStories
- July 24th, Family Allowance, Diving Dollar, Access Sharing and #BestMoneyStories
- July 31st, Elections, Heat, Cheap Oil, and #BestMoneyStories
- August 7th, Cheap Gold, Cheap Oil, Weak Dollar, Election Week 1 and #BestMoneyStories
- August 14th, RDSPs, Thrifty NFLers , Election Ho Hum and #BestMoneyStories
- August 21st, Rhinos Return, No Good Debt, Election Banter and #BestMoneyStories
- August 28th, Boom Goes the Markets, Market Cheese, and #BestMoneyStories
- September 4th, Back to School, RESPs, Banks Behaving Badly and #MoneyStories
- September 11th, That Day, I Miss Jack, Easy Money and #MoneyStories
- September 18th, Surplus, What Surplus, NBA Frugality, National Debt and #MoneyStories
- September 25th, The Pope, Autumn, Elections, Volkswagen and #MoneyStories
- October 2nd, An Older Canada, Farewell Max, and #MoneyStories
- October 9th, Turkey Day, Elections and #MoneyStories
- October 16th, CPFC15, Election Day, Jays and #MoneyStories
- October 23rd, Election Reflections, Loose Money and #MoneyStories
- October 30th, Spooky Prices, Falling Back, and #MoneyStories
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