Friday, February 13, 2009

Short Takes: Book Giveaway, Expensive ETFs, and How Couples Handle Finances

1. If you want a chance to win a copy of Gail Bebee’s book No Hype: The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money, send an email to me with the subject “Book” at the email address in the upper right corner of my blog before noon on Sunday. The original announcement of the draw has my review of this book.

2. Thicken My Wallet observed that expense ratios of some new ETFs are awfully high. If you’re looking for low cost ETFs, don’t forget the “low cost” part.

3. Million Dollar Journey had a guest post on the different ways that couples can share their finances. Predictably, my wife and I don’t exactly fit into any of the options. Option D with one joint account for everything where there is no yours and mine (just ours) comes closest. However, we don’t use joint accounts. We just freely give each other money as necessary.

4. Canadian Capitalist crunches the numbers to show that paying down a lump sum on your mortgage will have a much bigger financial benefit than spending money to take advantage of the Renovation Tax Credit program announced in the latest Canadian federal budget.

5. WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo discussed where to find a fee-only financial planner.

6. The Big Cajun Man is put off by a picture of a store front combining cigarettes and a free lottery ticket with each payday loan and cheque cashed.