Weekend Reading – The downsides of early retirement, pension plans, S&P 500 performance and more #moneystuff

Weekend Reading – The downsides of early retirement, pension plans, S&P 500 performance and more #moneystuff

Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition where I share some of my favourite articles from the week that was across the personal finance and investing blogosphere.

It was another solid week for the dividend income portfolio – a recent update you can find here.

Bank of Nova Scotia increased their dividends this week.  Although a number of Canadian banks did not increase their dividend, this quarter at least, I foresee more increases on the way in early 2019.  What say you?

Earlier this week I wrote about my top Canadian dividend ETFs.  I intend to write about my favourite international and U.S. dividend ETFs (for steady income and long-term growth) in the coming weeks.  You read about my previous take on those ETFs right here.

The unofficial end of summer is here, our Labour Day weekend, but I’m not giving into fall yet.  Hopefully lots more great days outside to enjoy some golf, some mountain biking, some craft beer on a patio and more.

Enjoy the weekend as well folks – see you around the site!


Financial Samurai talked about the negatives of early retirement that nobody likes to talk about.

Million Dollar Journey discussed a hidden gem in any potential retirement plan – leveraging the Saskatchewan Pension Plan.

A Wealth of Common Sense updated some S&P 500 performance charts.  He reminded readers:

“If you want more predictability in the short-term, you have to learn to live with lower long-term returns. And if you want higher long-term expected returns, you have to learn to live with more volatility in the short-term.”  Well said.

Interesting read from the Globe and Mail this week about even when you invest properly, you can still lose money – for a decade.  I certainly hope that doesn’t happen to our portfolio but you never know what the future holds…

Congratulations to Jean-Yves, who won a copy of The Smart Debt Coach on my site.  Your book is in the mail!  As we approach the fall, I’ll have more books to giveaway on my site so keep reading and sharing the site with others to win more free stuff!!

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9 Responses to "Weekend Reading – The downsides of early retirement, pension plans, S&P 500 performance and more #moneystuff"

  1. More bank increases in 2019. Pretty safe assumption.

    Sask pension plan seems like a great option for savers planning retirement.

    Ben Carlson has that pegged right. Balance for me right now.

    Hey Beth I read that one a few years ago. Once you got past the endless slagging of stock markets IIRC he says to buy GICs and retire well. Good luck to those doing just that.I suspect they will have more income & asset stability but will retire modestly rather than well.

    Have a good long weekend everyone.

  2. Hi Mark,
    Is there any way to view the Globe and Mail article you mention in this post without subscribing?
    I have just been researching deposit brokers after reading “Enough Bull: How to Retire Well Without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds, or Evan an Investment Advisor.” Is this something you’ve written about?


    1. Ah crap, I posted another subscriber’s article? Sorry about that. Here are excerpts of that article below:

      “The problem for investors is that you don’t know whether you will be Adam or Zeta until 20 years is up. Sometimes the market is madly generous; other times, it’s brutally stingy. Back in 1962, Adam could not have predicted the stagflation of the 1970s. In 1980, Zeta had no way to foresee the ’90s dot-com bubble.”

      “This is true – but within limits. Your planning can still be upset by a spate of bad results, especially if they happen just as you begin retirement. In that case, you run into a double whammy: a portfolio that’s suddenly worth a fraction of what it used to, coupled with the need to start drawing from your shrunken pool of capital.

      Diversifying your investments helps, but even a steady, well-diversified portfolio can produce intensely volatile results.”


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