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 [...]

Strange but true…

Posted by on December 2, 2011 in editorials

I thought I would share this story which  is so symptomatic of our time and age on so many levels… Bobby Bonilla was a good, but not great, baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1980′s/early 1990′s. He was able to parlay these years into a series of obscenely rich and guaranteed contracts [...]

Life and finance lessons from the Vancouver Winter Olympics

Posted by on March 5, 2010 in editorials

I normally don’t post on Friday but I wanted to remind readers today is your last day to enter to win a free copy of QuickTax tax preparation software. To win, please post a comment in this week’s post announcing the draw. Winner announced Monday. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics drew to a close on [...]

Lessons from 2009: Part 2

Posted by on December 17, 2009 in editorials

In this, my last post of the year, I wish to thank all of you for reading, commenting and contributing. May you all have a safe, fulfilling and joyous holiday season. I’ll be back in 2010 with hopefully new topics to entertain you. My last post is a continuation of yesterday’s post on lessons learned [...]

Financial independence is taken not given

Posted by on August 14, 2009 in editorials

The recent discourse in personal finance has moved to, among other things, towards instituting programs to increase financial literacy or renewed demands for the government to create new retirement programs to assist the financially vulnerable. While an honest dialogue about traditionally a taboo topic is a move in the right direction, are we not missing [...]

Personal finance blogs vs. mainstream media

Posted by on July 20, 2009 in editorials, Investment Information

Weakonomics recently took to task a  television personality for disparaging personal finance blogs and bloggers. His post highlights one of the tensions of our web 2.0 world: the divide between bloggers and the mainstream media. Earlier in the spring, a sports blogger made some wild accusations about a baseball player using performance enhancing drugs; many [...]

Is it your fault or your investment advisors?

Posted by on May 14, 2009 in editorials, Investment Strategy

Even though the market is beginning to pick up again, a lot of investors still have recent negative experiences with their investment advisor. Some members of the investment community counter that any relationship is not a one way street and some degree of personal responsibility needs to be taken by the client themselves. Who is [...]

Comments on AIG Executive Bonus

Posted by on March 20, 2009 in editorials

Last reminder to enter into a draw for a free prize by posting a comment here. The angry surrounding the approximately $165 million of bonuses that were due to be paid to executives of AIG on March 15 played itself out in Congress this week as the House of Representatives voted to impose punitive taxes [...]

The bailout examined

Posted by on March 13, 2009 in editorials

A few notes before this week’s editorial/rant. For those entrerpreneurs who want to minimize tax, I guest blogged on Canadian Tax Resource yesterday on tax savings strategies.This blog is one of those hidden gems so please do subscribe to it. Today is also the 400th post of this blog! Thanks for everyone for reading and [...]