8 things I’ve discovered about money

In recent discussions with some folks and to play off Preet Banerjee’s blog name (where does all our money go) I was reflecting on some things I’ve discovered about spending and money – here they are. Owning a house is…
Four Fat Financial Failures

Mistakes are part of life, might as well accept that.  I’m learning to accept that concept more as I get older.  When it comes to personal finance in particular hopefully our money management mishaps are smaller and infrequent over time. …

As a youngster growing up in the public school system in Eastern Ontario, I remember taking a whole slew of courses designed to prepare me for my post-secondary studies and to a larger degree, adulthood.  Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Law…
My Dumbass Financial Moves

My Dumbass Financial Moves I spend a lot of time on My Own Advisor sharing what’s working in my financial plan and how incremental money management changes are moving me forward towards my goals each month. Making my savings automatic,…

I’m focused on the future, just not futures.  These things are not for me and I’ll tell you why.  First, let’s start with a definition courtesy of Investopedia: A futures contract is a type of derivative instrument; whereby two parties agree to…
Why I drive an 11-year-old car

For years, I’ve owned my Mazda.   It has no power windows.  It has no power locks.  It has no cruise control or toys like a sunroof.  It has no multi-disc CD player, let alone an MP3 port or iPod docking station. …

Some of my close friends like to joke that my management position at a national not-for-profit organization is not stressful. I think they’re joking. I hope they’re joking 🙂 My job, like most jobs, has stress, sometimes lots of it. Short-term…

For dividend investors, buying and holding dividend paying stocks, I’d argue stock screening tools are not an absolute necessity. A bold statement I know. Why do I feel that way? Well, first of all, established dividend-paying companies are well-known and have…