My wife found a great article about RDSPs, “What happens to our sons and daughters with disabilities when we die?” from Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. The title is quite literally what most parents of kids with disabilities wake up worrying about at 2 AM (or at least the ones I have spoken to). It points out that the RDSP program has only a 29% participation rate (for folks who have DTCs), which is depressing. What is the cause of this? Maybe it is hard to set up, or maybe folks aren’t aware of it? I asked my Member or Parliament that question, haven’t heard anything back.
Easter is here, and for most of us it is a time of reflection and then a feast. If you are not so inclined remember it can be a time of reflection and starting new things like:
- Seeing which credit cards you don’t use, and then cancel’ing them. I don’t want to hear from anyone about how this “hurts your credit score”, that is nonsense. If it does, you have 1 less way to get further in debt, so it is a fair swap.
- Look at your health situation, and then plan an exercise or diet regimen (that you can live with for the rest of your life) and implement it. You can plan your retirement all you want, but if you are dead before it happens, you have wasted your time.
- An easy one is look at all the worrying you did in the past little while, did it change anything, aside from ruining a good night sleep? Maybe it is time to find a way to stop that? Talk to a professional if you really have problems in this area (I speak from experience).
Baseball begins again, on a sad note with the passing of my original baseball hero Rusty Staub. Mr. Staub was a class act, I met him once many years later in Pittsburgh, and he kindly listened to me blather about my childhood memories and thanked me for telling him. We shall miss Le Grand Orange.
While my beloved Montreal Expos still are not on the field, I am starting to become a Blue Jays fan (don’t worry I will never be a Blue Team Hockey fan, my Montreal DNA will not allow it). Hope the games speed up a bit this year, I am tired of watching 4 hour games.
The repercussions of the Facebook data debacle continue on, but luckily their founder is showing a great deal of humbleness in Vanity Fair. He isn’t wrong, but does that mean he should crow about how stupid people are? Doesn’t mention how their Android app used the Operating System “flaws” to track calls and data transfers either, so maybe it isn’t completely your fault?
My Recent Writings
Didn’t write much this week. I have started a whole bunch of things, but nothing worth reading yet. I keep meaning to finish my writing, but life does get busy.
Micro Blogging on Finance
A heart wrenching story about what folks have to do day-to-day just to keep their kids safe.
While you ponder upcoming #elections and think about #taxes or #leadership, ponder this… https://t.co/qDhvEEQqiK … Callum's family is paying 7 different respite workers to help their son, he can't go to school because he isn't safe. This needs to change, NOW!
— Katie (@kwhittzzz) March 27, 2018
“As of December 31, 2016, approximately 29% of Canadians aged 0 to 49 who were eligible to claim the DTC had opened an RDSP.” – Those are folks that HAVE the DTC , WHY such a low usage? @ChandraNepean those numbers need to change – Banks don't care, why? https://t.co/it0nmTda7a pic.twitter.com/raSGcecX4t
— Big Cajun Man (aw) (@bigcajunman) March 26, 2018
Easter is here, time to restart, or start new things.
- Mark at the Blunt Bean Counter gets onto his soapbox with, Let Me Tell You – Quotes and Proverbs to Ponder . Are you pondering what I am pondering Pinky?
- Speaking of Baseball, the Jays actually get a cut for every one of their tickets “resold” (some might say scalped) on StubHub ?
- Michael James ponders the relative merits of leaving the banks to their evil ways, with Self-Interest or Bleeding Heart? He doesn’t say evil, but that is how I view a lot of the things banks in Canada and the U.S. do to their customers.
Kids and Money
I don’t think I will ever be able to convince an “A List” celeb to appear in a video about money, but Kate McKinnon does a nice job with these kids.
The New 2018 Random Thoughts
- Facebook, Spring is here and #MoneyTalk (March 15th)
- Steady Interest Rates, Spring Forward and #MoneyTalk (March 8th)
- Budgets, Phoenix Death, Inflation and #MoneyTalk (March 2nd)
- Potholes, Tuition Increases, and #MoneyTalk (February 23rd)
- RRSP, Lent, Happy Year of the Dog and #MoneyTalk (February 16th)
- Roller Coaster Markets , Olympics and #Moneytalk (February 9th)
- Superb Owls, RDSP Deposit and #MoneyTalk (February 2nd)
- OHIP Overload, Doomsday minus 2 minutes, and #MoneyTalk (January 26th)
- Tighter Money, Best Investment, Go North! and #MoneyTalk (January 19th)
- Paper Delivery, Bitcoin and #MoneyTalk (January 12th)
- Polar Vortexes, Minimum Wage and #MoneyTalk (January 4th)
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