Weekend Reading – Housing bets, Rob Carrick’s advice and much more

Welcome to your Weekend Reading list,  some of my favourite personal finance and investing news from the week that was.   Enjoy the links and have a great weekend.

Larry MacDonald said don’t bet the farm on Canadian housing tanking in 2014, given in the U.S. “…the Fed has pledged not to raise its overnight rate until mid-2015. And then it would take at least another year of steady increases to bring about inversion of the yield curve.”

Rob Carrick’s job is challenging, how to say watch your fees, forget the market noise and manage portfolio risk without sounding too repetitive.   I enjoyed his Q&A here.

DGI&R profiled Warren Buffett’s favourite company.

MoneySense provided a portfolio for those without a pension plan.

Here are 5 advantages of using dividend stocks in your portfolio from Our Big Fat Wallet.  This benefit is important:  a diversified portfolio of blue-chip dividend stocks provide steady, predictable cash flow.

This article from the Financial Post suggests the best (retirement) plan is to have a diversified nest egg, any combination of pension plan, RRSP, TFSA and other forms of savings and income.  Seems sensible, just don’t rely on the lottery like one-third of Canadians are…

Gail Vaz-Oxlade stopped by CityNews this week to chat about RRSPs.

Michael James on Money was mentioned here, when discussing a few things people don’t often understand about RRSPs.  I agree with him when he says probably the biggest misunderstood fact:  “it isn’t all yours”.

Big Cajun Man wrote about doing the “RRSP and TFSA Now What?”

Fan of Dividend Ninja?  Fan of Canadian MoneySaver?  Want to hear from a financial expert?  Join Dividend Ninja and Peter Hodson, Editor of Canadian MoneySaver and CEO of 5i Research for an informative FREE webinar on dividend investing.

Mark Goodfield started his series about how much is enough to retire on.  He really doesn’t know the answer either but he’s going to give it his best shot walking us through a bunch of assumptions, lots of tax considerations and another five blogposts.  I will read every one.

LSM Insurance added a few more experts to their series:  What the Experts Own.

Boomer & Echo said TD e-series funds are not just for beginners.

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8 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Housing bets, Rob Carrick’s advice and much more"

  1. Hopefully we don’t end up with people thinking they need to just buy “an RRSP, a TFSA, and a GIC” to be diversified 🙂 It sounds like the FP is perpetuating some misunderstandings.

  2. Tall_Gal_in_Toronto · Edit

    I absolutely love the Weekend Reading series. However, today I am unable to open the Rob Carrick article. The Globe wants me to buy an online access subscription. Help!!!


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