Weekend Reading – ETF buyer guide, billion-dollar predictions and more

Welcome to your Weekend Reading list.  Here are some of my favourite articles from the week that was.   I’ll be back next week to discuss how much you might need to retire and giveaway from tax stuff thanks to my friends at TurboTax.  Make sure you come back for your chance to win!

Have a great weekend,


Check out Rob Carrick’s Global ETF buyer guide here.

Warren Buffett is ready to fork out $1 billion if you correctly predict the entire NCAA basketball tournament.

Thanks to LSM Insurance for including me in their list of experts as part of this series:  What The Experts Own.  Find out what Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Jonathan Chevreau and others said about their insurance holdings.

Dan Bortolotti advocated the importance of calculating your personal rate of return while telling us not to sweat the small stuff:   “don’t obsess over the small details of your asset mix, and don’t embrace complicated portfolios if you prefer simplicity.  Just build a diversified, low-cost portfolio, stay invested, and rebalance when necessary.”

Passive Income Pursuit wrote about his goal for dividend investing.

Retire Happy wrote an excellent article about bonds even though I don’t many anymore.

Big Cajun Man wrote about his annoyance with big banks, namely why more of them don’t offer more choices when it comes to Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs).

Michael James on Money told us how to rack up an expensive tax bill, if you had extra cash to do so.

Prairie EcoThrifter is taking a break from alcohol, media and other things as part of her post-holiday detox.

BrighterLife offered some sensible reasons to work with a financial advisor.

Money Smarts Blog calculated his portfolio returned close to 20% last year, with a 75%/25% equity to fixed income asset mix.

Boomer & Echo’s article raised some eyebrows within the mutual fund industry.  Good on him to do so.

Freedom Thirty Five Blog bought more Potash.

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16 Responses to "Weekend Reading – ETF buyer guide, billion-dollar predictions and more"

  1. Liquid says:

    Thanks for the mention :) And I appreciate the tip about the U.S. dividends :) Looking forward to know what you think the right amount to retire is. BMO’s study used a hard number and concluded that rich people would like to have $2.3 million in their nest egg. I think that’s a pretty good goal to reach for many Canadians :)

  2. Mark says:

    No sweat. I like the $2.3 million – that would be good for us as long as that doesn’t include our house. I figure you have to live somewhere. My article will be quick to slam a recent G&M article that stated $1 M is enough. For Generation X & Y, I certainly don’t think so….

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Robb says:

    Thanks for the mention, Mark. And thanks for linking to the new post on Money Smarts Blog. I had that one filed under “dead blogs” 😉

  4. $2.3 million is a good number for today. By the time you retire, inflation will drive this number up. Thanks for the mention.

  5. Mark says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Inflation is a portfolio killer.

  6. Mark says:

    Ha. I guess Mike is back posting? I enjoyed your article Robb. Probably even more controversy is needed to stir the financial pot and grab people’s attention.

  7. Thanks for including me, it is a shame that the RDSP savings vehicle is being treated so shabbily by the big banks.

  8. Gary says:

    2.3 million ??? are you guys crazy! we are retired and living quite nicely on less than a 1/4 of that amount. 2.3 million — heck i wouldn’t have to read all these blogs if i had that much — i would in the south pacific drinking mai tai’s and basking in the sun — lol!

  9. Mike Holman says:

    Thanks for the mention.

    I was worried that post might be too shocking. Ie shocking to the readers that I actually posted. :)

  10. Mark says:

    I know you’re just keeping the blog alive for side income :) All good Mike.

  11. Thanks so much for the mention. I’ll be making sure I get my bracket in.

  12. Mark says:

    Yeah, a decent payday if you can call every NCAA game :)

  13. Thanks for mentioning Prairie Eco Thrifter, Mark. We are definitely detoxing after the holidays right now. Only healthy things going into our bodies and healthy decisions being made for our money. Looking forward to the giveaway.

  14. Mark says:

    My wife is really changing her diet, very proud of her. I’m slowly changing mine based on her influence.

    Make sure you enter the giveaway. Spread the word as much as you can and tell others to do the same – thanks!

  15. Paul @paul_gagliardi says:

    Thanks for including Brighterlife.ca Mark. Glad you enjoyed it!

  16. Mark says:

    All good Paul – have a great weekend.

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