Friday, February 18, 2011

Short Takes: Harry Markowitz Interview, Collection Agency Tricks, and more

Preet Banerjee brings us some short videos of interviews with Harry Markowitz. The topics are somewhat advanced and are quite interesting. My favourite part is Markowitz’s assertion that you can’t borrow unlimited amounts at the risk-free rate. This has been my criticism of many investing strategies that have the built-in assumption of borrowing at the risk-free rate.

The Blunt Bean Counter gives us the benefit of his experience to explain who is likely to be audited by CRA.

Thicken My Wallet explains some tricks that collection agencies use. I particularly liked the advice to ask the agency for evidence of their claim.

Canadian Capitalist points out that it is frequently possible to save a lot of money by flying out of U.S. airports rather than flying from Canada.

Larry MacDonald (this web page has disappeared) has a funny Valentine’s Day quiz on your financial compatibility with your significant other.

Financial Highway says that free checking accounts are becoming scarce in the U.S.

Big Cajun Man gets a good rant going about the idea of good debt. I’ll allow that it makes sense to take on certain types of debt, but once you have debt you’re better off working toward getting rid of it.

Million Dollar Journey gives a rundown of the top Canadian stock screeners.

Money Smarts explains how to do a background check on a Canadian financial advisor.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention, have a safe and not so icy weekend.

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  2. Thanks for the mention Michael! Hope you are feeling better.

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  3. Hi Michael

    Thanks for the mention.I enjoy your site, I have it as a favourite on my blog roll. I think you are far to understated when you bill yourself as "An amateur's clear explanations of personal finance and investing", your comments seem pretty sophisticated to me.

    Mark

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  4. Thanks for the link - enjoy your family day weekend.

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  5. @Mark: Thanks for the kind words. My knowledge has definitely been growing over the years I have been blogging. I think my strength is an ability to draw correct conclusions from information. What I'm still learning is the "information" part -- exactly how financial products and transactions work. Of course, these things evolve over time; so, the learning process never stops.

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  6. Mike
    Thanks for link. I agree with Mark. You should upgrade your byline to something without the word "amateur" in it.

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  7. good links. Those Markowitz interviews show that being a fast glib talker, or the opposite, as he seems to be, is a foolproof way to assess intelligence!

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  8. Belated thanks for the link. Hope you had a good long weekend.

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