Weekend Reading – Black Friday deals, money tips, building a portfolio and #moneystuff

Welcome to a new Weekend Reading edition friends – back after a short hiatus last week while I attended the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in Toronto.  I’ll have a post to recap some of my takeaways from that conference in the coming week.

Well, it’s Black Friday – where shoppers try to do whatever it takes to get a deal.  What are you buying?  Anything at all?

RedFlagDeals has a great list of options for you here.

There’s also this BlackFriday.com site for deals.

Last but not least check out Ebates.ca for deals.  Get cash back in the process.

To my friends in the U.S., I hope you had and will have an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.  See you all here again next week!

How To Save Money has another HUGE cash Christmas giveaway going this year – enter for your chance to win here.

Canadian Personal Finance Conference organizer Krystal Yee still enjoys laneway living one year later.

Check out this list of millennial money tips from Canada’s top bloggers.  (Thanks for including me in your list @ModernAdvsr.)

Justin Bender outlined how to build an ETF portfolio with Scotia iTRADE.

Here are some huge money mistakes by the decade.  In our early 40s now, to answer the question in the article – although we want our mortgage paid off in another 5 years we’re also heavily focused on investing now.  We believe that’s good asset diversification.

Here are some kick a$$ ways to kill your retirement portfolio.

Advice from Preet Banerjee when it comes to borrowing money:

Borrowing Money

Dividend Growth Investor encourages you to have an investment plan that helps you stay the course.  Like him, my investment approach is boring like watching my grass grow.  (I don’t watch my grass grow by the way.)

How good are you at tracking your expenses?  Take this Government of Canada quiz.

Young & Thrifty put together a killer infographic – this 5-Step Guide to Maximizing Your Index ETF Returns.

If you’re a fan of dividend stocks and books about them, from November 25th until November 28th, the Dividend Toolkit is on sale.

Michael James on Money lists a few reasons why we want to be mortgage-free in a few years – a big fat mortgage is a big fat bad idea.

The Blunt Bean Counter listed his top-10 estate planning mistakes.

Cullen Roche said short-term, it’s “really damn difficult to predict in the stock market”.

Here are five signs you’re not good with money from Barry Choi.

Big Cajun Man likes the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) banking-style from EQ Bank.

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9 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Black Friday deals, money tips, building a portfolio and #moneystuff"

  1. Thanks for the mention Mark!

    I like watching grass grow. I would also recommend watching paint dry. 😉

    I like the comment from SST above, and your response, concerning bloggers being “above average” in terms of NW possibly due to discussing goals publicly, thinking more often about finances, monitoring them regularly, etc

    I think that one positive for me of being a blogger is the instant feedback we get if I do/say something silly. If I avoid doing silly things, in fear that I will be shamed by someone, then I am less likely do engage in behavior that will lead to $$$ mistakes. A lot of successful investing is about reducing costly behavior. So no, I won’t abandon my strategy and start daytrading forex options online on margin 😉

    The other thing at work is the impostor syndrome. I never think I am good enough, since I am not a financial professional. Just an ordinary person who is saving and investing their money. That’s why I try to overcompensate by trying to read as much as I can, trying to save more, and constantly looking for ways to improve my odds of success, so that I am not a failure.

  2. Black Friday — it’s a bit head-shaking that the fortunes of the retail sector hinge on one day/weekend/month of the year. Demonstrates just how slight and precarious the profit margin is. Now more consumer money is being spent on Black Friday than on Boxing Day, the traditional mega-sales time of year. Well done by the retail marketing gang for giving their sector an extra month to try and rake in even more money. This should cause the astute shopper to realize that if heavily discounted sales can push companies into profitability, that means consumers are way over-paying for the same junk during the rest of the year.

    Preet — most personal borrowing is spent on consumables which give no future return, whereas most corporate borrowing is spent on investment which creates future returns. Think of credit card debt which comprises a healthy chunk of GDP. Also true when applied to monetary policies such as the US Fed Operation Twist — pulling future growth into the present (aka pay cut).

    Tracking Expenses — hilarious that this is administered by the government who has a long and notorious tradition of not being able to track expenses. The modern public debt has grown an average of 8%/yr for the last 45 years, with the current deficit estimated to be ~17% greater than the tabled budget.

    DGI — there are scientific reasons why personal finance bloggers (be they fact accurate or not) may be more successful at “staying the course” and attaining their financial goals than regular non-bloggy folk: progress monitored closely and frequently; measuring the goal (distance from); publicly declaring goals. Your blog may just be the most significant piece of your financial health.

    Growth of Millionaires — we’ve probably all been inundated by the new Credit Suisse global wealth report stating Canada’s millionaire population will grow by 563,000 over the next five years. This is very exciting, however, completely misleading (what else is new in the world of money).

    First off, CS defines “wealth” as “the value of financial assets plus real assets (principally housing) owned by households, minus their debts.” Thus, they are pandering to the masses by erroneously including primary residence. This inclusion triples the Canadian millionaire population from 1% to 3% if housing is excluded, as it should be.

    Secondly, the CS report “for convenience, we disregard the relatively small amount of wealth owned by children on their own account, and frame our results in terms of the global adult population”. Completely inane. A true and factual analysis would not exclude a cohort simply because the value is too small. Do we exclude all $10+ million Canadian residential houses from real estate reports and averages just because their stock is a “relatively small amount”? Again, this mindless and lazy exclusion adds to the tripling mentioned above.

    Thirdly, sure it’s a big number, but what does it mean? It equates into a 50% growth in millionaire population. That’s pretty good considering Canada’s annual population growth is ~1%. However, ~70% of that growth is from immigration (and will most likely grow to ~80%). So what’s the true story Canada’s millionaire explosion? Is it a matter of Canadians generating wealth, or is it a matter of foreign-created wealth being brought into Canada, and then accounted for as being “Canadian”? A more true headline (it’s safe to say) would be “350,000 millionaires to move to Canada by 2021”

    Fourthly(?), no where is mentioned a replacement value. That is, just how long do these millionaires stay on the millionaire list? A recent Cornell analysis found that a mere 1% of American 1%ers (by income) stay in the 1% for a solid decade (only 5% achieve two years or more). Yes, income is undulating and dynamic, but so too can be accumulated wealth.

    But more importantly, anyone reading this most likely has more wealth than 90% of the people on the planet, “the average wealth of people in the bottom half of wealth is just $159.” How much did you spend on Black Friday?

    1. Black Friday has always been a bit of a head scratcher for me. Yes, there are deals, but I think it compels people to spend more than they should. Nothing new…I know 🙂

      Preet’s presentation was excellent. I wonder how much credit card debt GDP?

      I think the reasons why PF bloggers usually meet their goals, is because of that: they write about it, they become accountable for it, they monitor it. This blog doesn’t make very much money but I’ve grown my net worth to over $1M because of this blog. On that note, we’re technically millionaires but a good portion of that money is in real estate. Over time, we hope that real estate is a much smaller portion of our assets.

      As for the question – how much did I spend? Around $100 bucks but with my wife’s Shoppers points saved up we got closer to $300 of things we need for the house and cosmetics she uses. *Don’t sigh with the points* 🙂


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