Weekend Reading – the sad end of investing and great blogs


To start off my weekend reading list, Rob Carrick’s recent article rises to the top; the sad end of saving and investing, something I tend to agree with.   With bonds and GICs offering almost nothing in return when inflation is factored in, with stock markets being as turbulent as they are with the European debt crisis in full flight (not to mention we’ve got our own debt issues in Canada), Rob’s article definitely hit home with me; the need to temper long-term investment expectations.  I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve read plently about deleveraging and austerity measures, which is concerning, because with these measures I’m not sure where investors can go.  If you didn’t get a chance to read Rob’s article, check it out.  Let me know what you think.

To all the fathers out there, a very Happy Father’s Day this Sunday.   All my best Dad. 🙂

Dividend Monk said Starbucks has substantial optimism factored in.

Money Smarts Blog wondered if a 20% house down payment is always better.  In my book, the answer is yes and I wish we had that amount for our first home…

Canadian Couch Potato discussed homemade principal-protected notes.

Prairie EcoThrifter listed some investment options for the over-40s crowd.

Sustainable Personal Finance said a staycation can help the environment and your wallet.

Financial Samurai, a site I don’t visit enough, said the median net worth is the U.S. is trending down.  “The median US family net worth in 2010 plunged to just $77,300 from a high of $126,400 in 2007 according to the Federal Reserve’s Triennial Survey of Consumer Finance.”

Invest It Wisely reported his freelancing revenue.

I got a chuckle out of a Michael James on Money post entitled Wake Up!  Buy and Hold Doesn’t Work.   I’m aligned with Michael and his readers here, strongly disagreeing with the article’s author (Robert Laura) who believes money shuffling is the only way to excel at investing in this climate.

I also enjoyed Tom Bradley’s article, Equities:  The Most Despised Asset is Poised to Surprise.

Y&T discussed why equality in relationship and finances might not work for everyone.

I caught up with 101 Centavos and one of his old posts, entitled How to Save Hundreds of Dollars a Year.

Beating The Index thanked his readers and asked for more of your suggestions, a nice reader-focused gesture.

Passive Income Earner suggested some caution for folks investing in Power Financial.

Dividend Ninja informed investors how to DRIP Husky Energy.

MDJ offered some suggestions to keep your budget under control this summer.

My University Money provided some tips when shopping for a tablet.

Canadian Capitalist wondered if black swan protection is worth the cost.

The Loonie Bin shared his dividend income for May 2012.

Big Cajun Man said money can fix (most) everything.

Canadian Personal Finance wondered what the future of newspapers might be.

Have a happy and healthy weekend everyone.

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