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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Ottawa shooting, dumb surcharges and more

On Wednesday this past week, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, committed a horrific crime. To use our Prime Minister’s words, it was a “brutal and violent attack”.  The armed attacker shot and left Canadian Forces member, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, to die at the National War Memorial before being shot dead himself upon his attack within Parliament’s Centre Block.  It was certainly a sad day for Ottawa and my heart goes out to the family of our slain soldier. I can only hope this isolated, tragic incident will over time, make our city ...
Stock Market Volatility

How to survive today’s volatile markets

Is this the end of a multi-year bull market? Is this the beginning of another bear market? Is this a market correction or a market crash? Let’s face it folks, for the last 5-years the stock market have been pretty darn good.  If you don’t feel this way you’ve obviously been invested in the wrong stuff over that timeframe.   Stock prices since “The Great Recession” have surged as have home prices.  It’s been a great time to be an equity or real estate investor. Maybe the only downside during this period has been prolonged, low interest ...
Pension

Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) – Questionable help on the way?

The following article is a guest post by Sean Cooper who blogs about personal finance at Sean Cooper Writer. Are you struggling to save for retirement?  You’re definitely not alone.  With only 1/3 of Canadians with a workplace pension plan, the bulk of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of employees to save for retirement.  With this prolonged low-interest rate environment and the fact that some Canadians can expect to live 30 years or more in retirement – we might be headed for a “retirement crisis” in Canada. To avoid this ...
Weekend Reading 7

Weekend Reading – Encore careers, retirement, cash back and more

Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition where I showcase some of the best articles and blogposts from the personal finance and investing blogopshere.  Before the list of articles though, I want to thank Rob Carrick for highlighting my interview with CEO Michael Katchen from Wealthsimple.  Based on some great reader questions about the Wealthsimple platform and services, I hope to post a follow-up article in the weeks to come. Remaining on the interview theme, I had a chance to chat with Derek Foster recently, “Canada’s Youngest ...
Derek Foster

Catching up with Derek Foster “Canada’s Youngest Retiree”

A few years ago, I got a chance to sit down and chat with Derek Foster, “Canada’s Youngest Retiree”.  Back then Derek shared his thoughts on the stock market, his investment strategy and much more.  I recently caught up with Derek and for this post I decided to playback the things Derek told me then and see what he thinks today.  First up, a quick bio: Derek was born in Ottawa in 1970. He left the proverbial rat race at the age of 34 by using various investing strategies, many he believes any investor can emulate. Derek is a 6-time ...

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