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Weekend Reading – Did you ever have one of those weeks?

 

Did you ever have one of those weeks where you had great plans, great intentions but in the end got very little done?    That was my week.

I wanted to post my review of Derek Foster’s latest book The Worried Boomer but didn’t get around to it.  I wanted to get some supplies to start our garden but didn’t have time.  I wanted to get my performance reviews started at work, for staff in my department because our fiscal year is ending soon, but didn’t have a spare moment to do so.   Man, it’s frustrating when you’ve got high hopes only to crash and burn some weeks!   I guess it happens.  Time just flies sometimes…

From the downside to the upside, here’s a long list of great articles I checked out this week.   I hope you enjoy these articles as well.

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week to get some stuff done!

Canadian Couch Potato attempted to make peace between opponents for and against “buying what you know”, in reference to my post last week. Dan said “As I read the post and the comments, it struck me that the two sides were arguing two very different points. In the interest of being a peacemaker, I’d like to frame this debate differently and find some common ground.” He also said, which I liked: “Passive investing, when executed properly, is the optimal strategy for individual investors” and “confidently holding a portfolio of familiar stocks may be not be a market-beating strategy, but it is surely superior to being a jittery passive investor who will sell in a panic.”

Big Cajun Man wondered how much influence a shareholder really has.

The Dividend Guy ranked the Dividend Growth Index.  I’m a member of this Index and I’ve got three stocks in Dividend Guy’s list.  I suspect an update on the Index will be coming in another few weeks, so stay tuned!

Brighter Life got some advice from Gordon Pape about mortgage rates recently, lock them in.

Million Dollar Journey provided a primer on BRIC emerging markets.  “BRIC, an acronym introduced by Goldman Sachs a decade ago, stands for Brazil, Russia, India, and China. These four developing nations have good growth potential but as with any reward (investment), risk tags along.”

Dividend Monk reviewed Intel.

Michael James on Money wrote about asset allocation vs. consistency.

Beating The Index gave us some tips on how spot an emotionally invested shareholder.

Canadian Capitalist let readers know that TD Waterhouse launched mobile trading.

On the theme of investing, and creating some dependable cash flow from it, Retire Happy Blog offered some suggestions for creating an income bucket strategy.

Boomer & Echo outlined the process to get an RESP account started.

Dividend Mantra included my article and a host of others in a lengthy blog roundup.

The Loonie Bin is investing in his health, and starting a garden.  I like this call.  My wife and I are starting to purchase trying to get our act together to purchase some supplies this spring.

The Passive Income Earner wondered if Apple is a good dividend investment.   Without any recent dividend history to speak of, I’m not buying.  Then again, I can’t afford it anyhow!

Where Does All My Money Go listed some Hollywood stars that would be his casting selections for the ultimate financial movie.   I personally like his call on Jerry Stiller in the role of Alan Greenspan.  Russell Brand playing the role of Tony Blair would be damn funny as well.

Prairie EcoThrifter listed 7 ways to stay green for under $7.

My University Money had a very big day this week – they launched their eBook entitled ETF Investing – Low Maintenance & Stellar Returns.

One of the best things about this ebook is, it’s FREE!   In my opinion, ETFs are an excellent way to passively invest in the market.   Low-costs and market returns is a powerful combination to beat!  Investors have an array of choices when it comes to ETFs, but by sticking to a few of the broad-market ETFs in My University Money’s free ebook, I think you can be a successful investor in the long-run.  Nice stuff with the ebook.  I’m going to be reading it over the next couple of weeks.

Sustainable Personal Finance hosted TeacherMan, who wrote a fine post about 3 things they could do with their winning ticket.

Young & Thrifty deactivated her Facebook account this week.   I hear ya.  I’m not on that thing very much and have been considering doing the same.

The Blunt Bean Counter updated the look of his site, which I like, and provided readers with some considerations for whether you need a professional accountant to file your tax return.   Probably one of the best articles I read this week.

Dividend Ninja wondered if dividend fund managers are buying Apple?   The article is excellent, discussing “style drift” whereby a fund manager diverges from the fund’s stated mission, which can have serious consequences to investors.  “It is akin to breaking a promise with shareholders, and investors could be quickly surprised without realizing their mutual funds are diverging unless you stay on top of things.”

Financial Highway had some tax tips for families with children.

Invest It Wisely kindly helped a reader, responding to her question how to help her mother save for retirement.  Check out Kevin’s detailed article for some savvy advice, saying “I personally believe that low-cost index funds are the best strategy for long-term growth. If you are an advanced investor or own your own mutual fund, you might be able to achieve more growth by following a different strategy, but it’s pretty hard to beat an index fund by trusting someone else to manage your money for you.”

Krystal Yee offered some suggestions for how to protect your finances during a break-up.

Susan Brunner reviewed Emera, a company I own and intend to have in my portfolio for many, many years.

 

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13 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Did you ever have one of those weeks?"

  1. Preet says:

    Thanks for the link Mark.

    Who would play YOU in a movie? Ever thought about it?

  2. Thanks for the mention, Mark. My wife and I are pretty pumped to get started on our garden, even if we are getting 10 cm of snow dumped on us as I type this…

  3. Thanks for the inclusion, enjoy whatever the hell weather appears this weekend.

  4. Kevin Press says:

    Thanks for the Brighter Life link Mark.

  5. Thanks again for the kind words Mark. Looking forward to reading your constructive criticism.

  6. Mark, thx for the kind words and keen aesthetic eye. Although, truth be told, it started out just trying to get that little copyright ® symbol on the mast head.

  7. Thanks mark! Hope your weekend is great and that you finish off your to-do list! :)

  8. Thanks Mark! Have a great weekend!

  9. Thanks for the mention, Mark. I find your take on Dan’s comments refreshing. Dan says that you’re likely to lose to the index (I estimated 0.5% per year in one of my posts), but that you get the benefit of peaceful sleep and the ability to hold on when stock prices drop. Many dividend investors don’t believe this (they believe that their stocks will outperform), but you seem to be content with Dan’s message.

  10. I’ve done a lot of running around this week for different paperwork, and it’s time to repair the car, too. One of my shocks is about to give out and is creaking like crazy! It’s gonna be a $$$ week :S

    Thanks for the weekend mention :)

  11. I too am having one of those weeks. We just got back from our trip and are really mentally rested but physically extremely jet lagged. I have gotten nothing done this week except work, sleep, and eating. Not very productive. It’s life I guess. Hopefully we both have better weeks next week.

  12. Thanks for the mention! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  13. Hey Mark, I one of those weeks every week! lol :)

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