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Weekend Reading – Christmas is around the corner edition

2013 was another fun year for My Own Advisor thanks to every dedicated reader, casual fan and everyone who tweeted and supported this site over the last year.  I enjoy running this site and I’m glad you enjoy visiting it.  Here are some great milestones I thought I’d share with you for the past year:

  • Averaging over 30,000 pageviews per month.
  • Averaging 1,000 daily dedicated subscribers.
  • Inching closer to 20,000 visits per month, including 11,000 unique visitors on the site.
  • Nearing 2,100 Twitter followers.
  • Sporting a great new look thanks to Dividend Ninja’s creative and technical expertise.

Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to post a Year In Review article, recap some of my favourite posts from 2013 and share what my friend and author Kyle Prevost has in his portfolio, as part of my What’s In Your Portfolio series.  I’m not sure I’ll get around to another blogpost before Christmas so if I don’t, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I hope Santa is kind to you and I hope 2014 is even better!

Leading off my Weekend Reading edition, I want to thank the team at My University Money for having me on their podcast recently.  Check it what I had to say including some investing mistakes and advice for today’s students.

Big Cajun Man told us our $1 isn’t going very far.

Read on how this bull market shows its age.

This TV director at CityNews has a sound investment plan and was recently featured in the Globe and Mail by my friend Larry MacDonald.  Larry MacDonald thinks any global upswing should help Canada in 2014.  I hope he’s right.

Boomer & Echo said holiday shopping can be more expensive than you think.  It’s already expensive around our house.

Million Dollar Journey provided some year-end tax tips.  I’ve been thinking about similar things in a recent post here.

Check out this overview about the five types of personal insurance.

I enjoyed reading about Canadian investing courtesy of Mr. Frugal Toque on Mr. Money Mustache.

In Michael’s “never-ending quest to clearly explain the devastating effect of investment fees on your savings…”, read on how mutual funds can delay your retirement.  Based on how many people I know still invest in high-priced products or don’t know what an ETF is, Michael’s work is far from over.

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9 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Christmas is around the corner edition"

  1. Given how little I’ve done to prepare for Christmas, the “Christmas is around the corner” in your post title is more threatening than hopeful for me :-) Thanks for the mention.

  2. Yes $1 earned isn’t worth that much, so cherish it over the holidays, and don’t waste it.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

  3. Hey Mark,
    I just got back from a few days away. This past couple of months have been filled with training for work and now a new job for me in the new year as well. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to your year in review. I’m sure I will be doing the same at some point. Cheers mate CBB

  4. Doc says:

    Our association with you and other advice began about 3 years ago and I have to say I have learned a lot and our TFSAs blossomed. We don’t have the long term like you and most of your readers as we have been retired for years with a good pension added to by the government. A few changes coming in Jan with a small transfer of RRSP funds from Gic to ETFs in prep for RRIF in 3 years or less. Thanks and keep up the good work.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Doc

    • Hey Doc,

      Thanks for being a big reader and supporter of the site. What’s great about the site is I have readers who are young, busy raising families and also retired and it’s nice to hear from everyone.

      With a RRIF, lots to think about. I should write a post about that in the New Year.

      Merry Christmas as well and best wishes for 2014.
      Mark

  5. Wow, it looks like My Own Advisor is doing really well! Congrats on all of the growth and I hope it continues throughout 2014. Have a great Christmas!

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