Weekend Reading – Financial literacy, holiday budgets, debt and more

Hello friends…in support of Financial Literacy Month #FLM2014 I thought I’d link to this article about name changes needed to some financial accounts.

As a fan of Daryl Diamond and his expertise and perspectives on retirement, I wrote about the Cash Wedge here and I also shared some retirement perspectives of my own.

Next week, stay tuned for a few articles including my latest dividend income update and with it a chance to win a FREE 1-year online subscription to Canadian MoneySaver thanks to my partnership with them.

Enjoy these articles and see you back here next week.

Here are some smart ways to stretch your holiday budget.

Young & Thrifty told us how home equity lines of credit actually work, they remind you it is still debt.

Brian So informed us about some insurance coverage at different life stages.

Michael James on Money told us why some indexers don’t use dividend ETFs.

Million Dollar Journey compared gas rewards programs.

Canadian Finance Blog included this post from Sean Cooper, how to reach financial independence in your 30s.

Big Cajun Man said the unemployment numbers seem like 2008 all over again.

Some timeless advice on Retire Happy from The Intelligent Investor.  This advice was good and something I try and practice as much as possible:  “Even the intelligent investor is likely to need considerable will power to keep from following the crowd.”

Nelson Smith shared some easy ways to save money when travelling.  #5 is one I employ often.

Dividend Growth Investor recently invested in these dividend machines.

Rob Carrick used the words “junk product” in this article in the Globe and Mail.

Here are some year-to-date performance numbers by Canadian industry courtesy of 5i Research.  The IT sector has been a star in 2014.

Pretty cool infographic here about these life insurance companies in Canada.

Dan Solin wrote about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to investing.  No surprise, a passive approach to investing tops his list.

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12 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Financial literacy, holiday budgets, debt and more"

  1. I’m all over the large Canadian banks the last few months. Have added TD, BNS and RY while considering BMO and CM too. Why not take a look at some Canadian insurance companies as well. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list.

    1. Canadian banks are reasonably priced, happy to DRIP these for sure DivHut. I have “enough” lifecos right now, I DRIP most of those as well and wish to diversify my holdings outside financials. Looking at more oil & gas actually.

    1. Well, if you can get your blog numbers up Michael than you wouldn’t need to scream so loud? 🙂 Kidding aside, I suspect sites like ours, collectively among others (Robb Engen’s, MDJ, BCM) are helping but it’s very hard to make any dent into the marketing machines of big banks.

      Are you becoming more cynical with age? I know I am but not quite crusty ol’ man yet. Take care.

  2. Thanks for the inclusion Mark! With regards to the InsurEye link, interesting how even though banks are not allowed to sell insurance by law, mortgage life insurance is still permitted. If they’re going to allow that, at least have a qualified and trained insurance agent sell it.


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