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.

Mark Seed is the founder, editor and owner of My Own Advisor. As my own financial advisor, I've grown our portfolio from $100,000 to well over $500,000. Our next big goal is to own a $1 million investment portfolio for an early retirement. Come follow my saving and investing journey by subscribing to my site. Delivered by Subscribe Here to My Own Advisor

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

  1. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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!


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