Weekend Reading – Stocks beat homes, saving, dividends, debt and money stuff

Welcome to a new Weekend Reading edition – some of the best articles from the personal finance blogosphere.  Earlier this week I told you about how I used Twitter to get some customer service and I summarized some saving and investing truths you can take to the bank.

Enjoy these fine articles and see you here next week, for hopefully a new dividend income update.


Rob Carrick said the stock market is better for young adults than houses.  I would have to agree for the most part and I wish I invested the way I do now back in my 20s.

Thinking about how to invest, here are some Canadian dividend stock selections made easy.

Our Big Fat Wallet switched mechanics to save money.

National Bank hiked their dividend this weekBMO did the same.  I’m happy.

Debt Roundup told us there is no wrong way to pay off debt.

Dividend Growth Investor provided some investing principles to follow.

Michael James on Money talks about fees.

Ben Carlson listed some things the financial industry doesn’t want you to know.

Retire Happy questioned whether voluntary CPP contributions are a good idea.  Personally I think financial incentives need to go beyond the voluntary variety.

My friends over at Young & Thrifty answered a reader question about indexing and dividend investing.

Here are some traps to avoid when it comes to life insurance, thanks to Lorne Marr.

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13 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Stocks beat homes, saving, dividends, debt and money stuff"

  1. Thanks for sharing some of these great reads. I enjoyed the Canadian Dividend Stock Selection Made Easy and the reports of National Bank and BMO. I still like those Canadian bank stocks.

  2. Hi Mark, Voluntary contributions work for me personally, but I think that in general, we need more forced savings. There are too many people who will never save no matter what options are available.

    1. Well, you’ve done very well via your personal, voluntary savings. Yes, agreed, more forced savings for most and then there are those who can but just don’t know how to save.

    1. Good point Michael. Are you a fan of the voluntary contributions? I suppose it’s OK but I prefer mandatory/forced-savings myself. Have a great weekend!


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