May 2011

Is it time to passively invest in Canadian banks?

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Investment Information

In the last few years, there has been a multitude of references to the “Big Five” Canadian banks as model of a stable banking industry (by market cap, the Big Five are: RBC, TD, BNS,  BMO and CIBC). There has also been multiple recommendations to invest in Canadian banks. While in years past, it may [...]

What is your network worth?

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Jobs

Several years ago, I hired a summer student enrolled in university for some general office administration. Before the start of the next summer, she called and asked if I was hiring for that summer. For a variety of reasons, we did not need help that summer. However, I asked her if she could forward her [...]

Post 700 and the beginning of the end

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Misc.

Yesterday was post #700. Thank you for all your comment, support and suggestions since the beginning. This blog also celebrated its 4 year anniversary in April…which marks the beginning of the end of this blog. This blog is ending on May 1, 2012 which marks 5 years of blogging- a fitting landmark. A good friend [...]

The problem with too much cash

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Investment Information

Investors are caught in a bind. They fear the volatility of the equities market. But money market funds and high-interest bearing accounts are returning very low yields.  Caught between the fears of trading losses and the meager return of sitting still, we are all the proverbial deer in the headlights. But has the truck already [...]

If you hate mutual fund managers, why act like one?

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Investment Information

In the 2011 world, you are seen as being late to the game if you report on a story one hour late. Our social media world is about who gets there first- regardless of its accuracy, truth or reliability. This may work fine if you work for a tabloid website but are average investors, bombarded [...]

What not to put in your safety deposit box

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in estate planning

I heard a story recently where the only copy of a will was placed in a safety deposit box. The renter of the safety deposit box died and the key could not be found. Since the only original of the will was in the safety deposit box, no one could definitively prove they were the [...]