April 2009

Money Matters by Mom2KG

Posted by on April 29, 2009 in Mom2KG Columns

Yes, it has already been another month! Here’s my regular columnist, Mom2KG with this month’s column about eating out and a question about timing. I live quite close to Yorkdale Mall, which is a regional shopping mecca, drawing visitors from throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond (as well as the de rigeur disaffected teens). [...]

How do you compare?

Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Misc.

I am off on a trip tomorrow for the rest of the week so this is my last post of the week (Mom2KG’s column is posted tomorrow). Given I was posting tomes last week, I thought I would give you, the reader, a welcome reprieve and post something a little more light-heatedly. Specifically, how do [...]

Is Facebook bad for your career?

Posted by on April 27, 2009 in Jobs

There have been a trinity of recent news stories that should make anyone aware that the use of Facebook may not advance  your career. In particular, the stories merely confirm that using Facebook, or other social media, aside from the obvious productivity issues it creates, may cause one more trouble than anticipated. The most recent [...]

Insider series: the value of stock market research, part II

Posted by on April 23, 2009 in Insider Series

We continue yesterday’s discussion on the value of stock market research with Preet from Where Does All My Money Go (“WDAMMG”) and Brad from Triaging My Way to Financial Success (“Nurseb911) and myself (“TMW”). Today, we discuss topics such as what type of research is necessary for the do it yourself investor (again, this another [...]

Insider series: the value of stock market research, part I

Posted by on April 22, 2009 in Insider Series

Welcome to my periodic insider series posts where I explore a topic in depth with some experts. Today’s insider series is part one of  a 3 way conversation between Brad from Triaging My Way to Financial Success , Preet from Where Does All My Money Go and myself about the topic of stock market research. [...]

How are REITs doing?

Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Dividends, Investment Information

During the height of the real estate bubble, real estate investment trusts (REITs) were popular securities to invest in. REITs offered steady distributions of cash plus the appreciation of real estate. When the bubble popped, many speculated that REITs would be in major trouble; after all, the REIT industry is reliant upon reliable available access [...]

Are small businesses a better sign of a recovery than the stock market?

Posted by on April 20, 2009 in entrepreneur, Investment Information

The North American stock markets have been steadily rising for over a month. Many of the major financial institutions are reporting a return to profits and an expectation that things are returning to normal.  Recent research by JP Morgan points out that most bear markets last, on average, 19-21 months and this bear market is [...]

Bank stocks announce 1st quarter earnings: too early to get excited?

Posted by on April 15, 2009 in Investment Information

The stock market experienced a slight bounce recently with the double announcement of Wells Fargo earning net income of approximately $3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, with particular strength in retail banking, and Goldman Sachs posting  $1.8 billion profit. Does this meaning that we have reached bottom and the economic recovery has began? [...]

Will inflation finally doom the principal protected note?

Posted by on April 14, 2009 in Investment Products, Investment Strategy

The United States Federal Reserve recently commented that it wants the amount of inflation conducive to a recovery. I would file the Fed wanting the “right” amount of inflation under the same category as bankers saying  circa 2002 that a little bit of above normal leveraging is acceptable (open Pandora’s box…now!). If, indeed, inflation is [...]

Do you volunteer?

Posted by on April 13, 2009 in Jobs

There is an increasingly large amount of ink devoted to how to find a job. There’s two things that most people don’t tell you- it takes a lot more time than you think and many jobs are not found conventionally through job searches, recruitment agencies, career fairs etc. One of the more over-looked aspects of [...]