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May 012015
 

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to get stock tips or have investing ideas delivered to your email. I’m also on The Twitter.Thanks for visiting!Tweet If you’re a homeowner in Canada over the age of 50, chances are you’re sitting on a pretty nice chunk of change. Provided, of course, that you actually paid off your mortgage and didn’t squander your equity on whatever it is the kids like these days. Maybe stickers. So what should you do with it? Fear not, little old one. We here Read More […]

May 012015
 

Tweet Here in Canuckistan (that’s what I call Canada as long as Harper is in charge, says a crazy person) we have a pretty sweet existence. Health care is both bountiful and free, and is sometimes administered by sexy nurses. Spring is here, which means we can temporarily forget about how winter crushes our soul for nine ten fourteen months of the year. Lousy Smarsh weather indeed. But there’s one thing that’s eluded Canadians for years, and I’m not talking about the pronunciation of aboot. We just haven’t been able Read More […]

Apr 292015
 

Tweet The biggest ripoffs, in the world, ranked: 5. Movie theatre popcorn (whatever, still buying it) 4. Paying for data or text messages when you’re in Murica 3. Starbucks 2. Scented candles (come on SHEEPLE. Lights exist) 1. Converting Canadian Dollars to U.S. Dollars The last one is what really gets me. To exchange Canadian Dollars to U.S. Dollars, guys like me have to go down to the bank, feign being interested in conversation with the lady working there, and then pay a 1.5% fee for the privilege of getting Read More […]

Apr 272015
 

Tweet Let me start off this post with a bit of a scandalous statement. I know, WHAT A SURPRISE, huh? Most personal finance books are trash. Okay, they’re not trash. It’s just that if you’re an intermediate or advanced student of the subject, most will be filled with stuff you already know. Authors cater to the lowest common denominator, because that’s where the dollars are, yo. For people just starting out, this isn’t a bad thing. If you know nothing, everything is going to be enlightening. But for people who Read More […]

Apr 242015
 

Tweet Ah, cliches and rules of thumb. Because if there’s anything that’s predictable, it’s a human’s ability to take a complex subject and boil it down into one pithy sentence. My favorite example lately is John D. Rockefeller. I just got finished reading a mammoth 800 page biography on the may, which chronicled everything from his tumultuous childhood to his dirty old man stage, which I can assure you, was quite delightful. He pioneered everything from vertical integration to using science to improve his refining yield. His institute revolutionized charitable Read More […]

Apr 222015
 

Tweet To save time, circle the choice that best applies. Hey, (friend/Facebook acquaintance/person I met that one time while drunk but am Facebook friends with for some reason): Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to email me! I really appreciated hearing from you. And congratulations on finally (paying down your debt for good/finally leaving this damn town/starting your own business/other). I know it can be a tough step to take the plunge and admit to the world that you’re going to do something to make your Read More […]

Apr 202015
 

Tweet Here’s a question for you guys. How do you sleep at night? No, dammit. That’s not right. Are you going to stop DICKING AROUND and actually ask the question? Who are you talking to? I don’t know. Let’s get to the damn question. Why exactly would you own bonds in a portfolio? There are a few reasons, like: Interest payments, yo. Even if they do suck these days Balancing the portfolio Take some of the risk off equities These days, owning bonds is less about the yield and more Read More […]

Apr 192015
 

Tweet I used to be pretty hardcore about how dumb it was to get a tax refund. Think of me as the Westboro Baptist Church but of making sure people don’t get thousands of dollars back in refunds. Without the fun signs and soldier funeral picketing, anyway. But lately, I’ve softened my stance. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely aim to make so much income in side hustles, dividends, and rental income that you’re stuck paying a hefty tax bill at the end of the year. After all, taxes Read More […]

Apr 172015
 

Tweet If we got together and made a list of reasons why the average person buys a brand new instead of gently used car, it would probably look a little something like this: Reliability Actually frugal since they intend to drive it into the ground Uh, I dunno New cars aren’t *that* much more than a used car Stop asking me, geez Let me add another reason, one that exists but nobody ever mentions. Vanity. Yes, even though the PF world constantly likes to point out that we’re not the Read More […]

Apr 152015
 

Tweet It’s tax day for the nine Financial Uproar U.S. readers, but it isn’t a big deal. I know you kids are up with what’s down (or is it down with what’s up? Lingo confuses me) and had your taxes all completed by January 2nd. Whenever I think of someone scrambling to finish their taxes, I’m reminded of The Trouble With Trillions, one of my favorite Simpsons episodes. Homer: Marge, how many kids do we have? Oh, no time to count, I’ll just estimate! Uh . . . nine! Marge:Homer, you Read More […]