Weekend Reading – Vacation time edition

I’ve enjoyed the past couple of days off work.  I’ve got a huge pile of work to get through next week but I’ll worry about that when the time comes.  The weekend is here, time to enjoy it with some friends while the sweet summer weather is still here.

In case you missed some of my articles this week, here’s the recap:

  • Is it worth it being a Boglehead?  Absolutely, but I take a modified approach using some dividend paying stocks along with my indexed products.
  • On the topic of dividends, here’s why they matter.  The biggest reason for me?  They help me stick to my plan and I tend to get paid regardless of market conditions.

Here are some interesting articles I read over the last week.   I hope you enjoy them.

Glenn Cooke says don’t believe everything you read on the internet.  For sure…

Dan Bortolotti discussed some new Vanguard Canada ETFs.   For Couch Potato investors, this one seems interesting:  The Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap (VCN).   This new product includes 255 holdings and covers 96% of the Canadian equity market, with a management fee of just 0.12%.

Passive Income Earner is rockin’ the dividend income.  I like our healthy competition.

The Dividend Guy said to get realistic and sell your stocks.  Uh, no, I won’t do that unless I really have to.

Young & Thrifty said you should consider buying what you understand.  Excellent point.

Simply Investing shared some dividend resources, beyond this blog of course. 🙂

For retirees, Vanguard said with low yields the future ain’t what it used to be.

Canadian Budget Binder said budgets suck for these reasons.

Boomer and Echo offered some investing tips for your short term financial goals.  I like using a savings account and everything else I invest.

The Financial Blogger wondered if it was better to pay off debt or investI struggle with the mortgage paydown versus investing issue as well.  I’ve decided to do both because I feel it’s a balanced approach.

Freedom 35 Blog shared an interesting graphic about economic mobility within U.S. states.

Ben Carlson had a good post on Dividend Ninja about shareholder yield and value.

Big Cajun Man recognized the importance of anniversaries.

Michael James on Money wrote about playing the winner’s game.

Money Bulldog shared some common investing mistakes.

The Financial post said bank stocks could soar over the next year.  We’ll see if the ones I hold do.

The Economist said many pensioners are pushing U.S. cities into bankruptcy.  As crazy as this sounds some U.S. states are paying out more than $100,000 USD per pension, and some former state and local city employees are earning more than $250,000 USD per year from their pension.

14 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Vacation time edition"

  1. Thanks for the mention, Mark. We’re taking our kids to the fair tonight for elephant ears and deep-fried Mars bars (then returning home in shame). Have a great weekend!

  2. Savour this weekend all you can because the last couple of days right before going back to work will seem like the shortest, lol. At least that’s been my perception. It’s nuts that some people are paid a quarter million dollars a year for a service that they’re no longer doing. The pension issue won’t be an easy fix. But we might see more cities follow in Detroit’s footsteps if municipalities don’t reconcile their past promises with their future obligations. Thanks for the mention 🙂

    1. Yeah, those pensions are crazy. More cities like Detroit will fall if this keeps up. Pension reform is coming, including reform here at home. I’m convinced the DB plan as we know it (2% x years of service x best 5 years earnings) will be re-structured within the next 10 years.

      Enjoy your weekend as well!


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