Friday, January 21, 2011

Short Takes: Loud Music Leads to More Drinking, U.S.-Dollar RRSP Compromise, and more

Gail Vaz-Oxlade explains how bars manipulate us with sound into buying more drinks.

Canadian Capitalist reports on Scotia iTrade’s attempt to go only part way toward U.S. dollar RRSPs. This strikes me as an attempt to continue collecting juicy currency-conversion fees from ignorant customers and not lose more savvy customers. I look forward to the day when all brokerage accounts can hold any major currency and customers have inexpensive access to currency trades.

Rob Carrick found one mortgage broker who applauds the government’s tighter rules on mortgages despite the fact that it will cost him business.

Larry MacDonald (this web page has disappeared) reports more evidence that Canada is not headed for a U.S.-style housing crisis.

Million Dollar Journey looks at the ins and outs of opening a bank account for a toddler.

Big Cajun Man used to see work as a way of taking a break from his young family but with the passage of time he now sees the value of a day off.

Money Smarts reviews mint.com’s free online budgeting site.

Preet Banerjee says that hiring a private guide is the cheapest way to see the sites while traveling.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention, HEY WAIT A MINUTE!! A break from my family?!? You trying to get me kilt?

    Have a great weekend, beware the dreaded Ottawa Stomach Flu!!! (aka Parliment Pukes)

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  2. "work as a way of taking a break from his young family"

    -- describes me to a T!

    Thanks for the mention!

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  3. Michael
    Thanks for link. I got the same impression as you about the iTrade US-friendly RRSP. I'd be interested in hearing more about why you hold that view.

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  4. "work as a way of taking a break from his young family"

    I love going to work. Especially on Mondays :)

    Thanks for mentioning the Mint.com review.

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