Farewell and thank you for reading

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in editorials

Today is the 735th, and last, post on this blog. It has been an eventful 5 years for the world and I was privileged to blog about it during such interesting times. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, the reader, first and foremost. I once joked when I first wrote this blog [...]

A 5 year retrospective: a conversation with Canadian Capitalist and Preet Banerjee

Posted by on April 25, 2012 in editorials

I am pleased to be joined by Preet from www.wheredoesallmymoneygo.com and Ram from www.canadiancapitalist.com in my second last post. Ram and Preet were gracious enough to take time from their busy schedules to convene a round-table with me to discuss the last five years and talk about the next 5. For easy reference, Ram is [...]

Farewell from Mom2KG

Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Mom2KG Columns

Our regular columnist, Mom2Kg, says her farewells. I am pleased to offer my sincerest congratulations to Thicken My Wallet for its thoughtful and innovative approach to personal finances and related issues over the last number of years. In particular, TMW deserves a hearty round of applause for sustaining the effort for so long. Thinking and [...]

Are you ahead of the upcoming trend in personal finance?

Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Misc.

The retirement savings gap, the aging demographic and growing government deficits are all future trends we know and can possibly plan around. What often gets less attention are a societal trends that have personal finance dimensions to them.  With the ubiquity of social media, we should all pay attention to the costs of the continuing [...]

To the young worker…

Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Jobs

I hate reading articles about young people entering the work-force. They are paint by numbers articles consisting of the following: Find some grumpy older supervisor to tell stories about how young workers are entitled, lazy and difficult to manage. Find a young worker to tell stories about how out of touch employers are to the [...]

The Beginning of the End…

Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Misc.

This blog has approximately 3 weeks left before it is officially retired on April 30. The site will be kept up afterwards (passive adwords income is passive income no matter how small…).  I wanted to take the remainder of this month to try to impart things learned and empty out blog ideas which never saw [...]

Who do trustees in bankruptcy represent?

Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Misc.

Since the credit crisis, we have all been subject to more advertising from trustees in bankruptcy about their services. The ads typically follow the same pattern of emphasizing a pain point (stress caused by the inability to pay off debts) and a solution (hire a trustee in bankruptcy) who offer a value proposition (e.g. “we [...]

How to price real estate

Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Real Estate

I last blogged on my search to buy a new condo in November. In early December, I stopped looking for two reasons. The first was the practical issue of just not having enough time to look with the holidays coming up. The second reason was that vendors continue to believe their condo was worth more [...]

Technology, demographics and passive investing

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Investment Information

When I first started this blog in 2007, the iPhone was two months from being released publicly, Facebook had allowed non students to become users the year before and high frequency trading was just beginning to take over most trading floors.  Today, as a result of the freer and faster flow of information due to [...]

Should credit card companies be sin stocks?

Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Investment Information

A sin stock is a term which refers to stocks which operate in businesses which are considered to be immoral or unethical. Sin stocks typically include companies in the alcohol, tobacco, weapons, gambling and sex industries. Maddeningly for the socially responsible investing set, studies show that sin stocks tend to outperform its counterparts of a [...]