August 2007

How to Make a Few More Bucks

Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Misc.

This is my last post for this month; I am in the process of moving my office, upgrading the blog and then going on vacation. I hope you have an outstanding rest of the month and rest up for return of the school (which, from all the parents I have spoken to, cannot come soon [...]

A Few Steps to Control Spending

Posted by on August 21, 2007 in Investment Strategy

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my spending got slightly over my normal pattern and the loose budgeting system I have needs to be readjusted. In these times, there are a few budgetary and cash flow measures I tend to do in order to control my personal finances. To give you some indication of what [...]

Fighting the Consumption Bug

Posted by on August 20, 2007 in Investment Strategy

One of the loyal readers of this blog operates an environmentally friend landscape service; one of the owner-managers comes to your house on his bicycle rather than a car. He has often asked me if I could write a post on “making green by being green”- a post on investing in environmentally friendly goods and [...]

Recommended Personal Finance Books

Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Investment Products

I wanted to end the week with a compilation of books that readers have emailed me that they enjoy. The list has a little bit for everyone so feel free to explore them all. As a side-note, I attempted to determined how much money I have saved borrowing personal finance books this year rather than [...]

“Panic on the Streets of London…”- an Interlude from Personal Finance Book Week

Posted by on August 16, 2007 in Investment Strategy

As of noon today, the TSX lost all of its gains in 2007 and panic seems to have set in with traders who are taking risk in one part of the economy (institutions who lent cheap money to risky borrowers and, to their utter amazement, have found some of the loans will not be repaid [...]

Book Review: Stocking Up on Sin by Caroline Waxler

Posted by on August 15, 2007 in Investment Products

This is a timely review given how violate the stock market has been recently. Research has shown that in recessions and economic downturns, the best sector to invest in is the “sin” industry (more on what this constitutes later); people drink and smoke no matter what the economic cycle and probably do more of it [...]

The Personal Finance Desert Island Books

Posted by on August 14, 2007 in Investment Products

(Welcome to personal finance book week- every post this week will be on personal finance books. Your comments are always appreciated. Enjoy) I fly a lot and I tend to have strange thoughts as I sit at the gate. One of my more morbid thoughts is what happens if the plane goes down; Will a [...]

Rich Dad, Poor Dad vs. The Wealthy Barber

Posted by on August 13, 2007 in Investment Products

Welcome to personal finance book week! Every post this week deals with books on the personal finance topic so let’s get started… about a year ago, I left my copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad at my parent’s house. About 3 weeks ago, my Dad picked it up and started reading it as his bed-time [...]

Is Running Your Own Business Your Path to Financial Freedom or Ruin?

Posted by on August 10, 2007 in Misc.

(Just a remainder that next week is book review week; if you have a favorite personal finance book you want to share, please post a comment or email me at If you sit in a cubicle all day bored stiff filling out form 4-D in triplicate, you may have wondered to yourself whether you [...]

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Bell Weather Stocks

Posted by on August 9, 2007 in Investment Advice, Investment Products

(Just a remainder that next week is book review week; if you have a favorite personal finance book you want to share, please post a comment or email me at Warren Buffet has been often quoted as invest in companies with economic moats that could with-stand bad times. These companies sometimes tend to be [...]