Friday, July 13, 2012

Short Takes: Absolute Return Funds Fizzle, Falling House Prices, and more

Larry Swedroe shows that absolute return funds have generally failed to live up to the promise of making money in both bull and bear markets.

Rob Carrick looks at the upside of falling house prices.

Balance Junkie has some vivid examples of financial industry conflicts of interest.

The Blunt Bean Counter explains the ramifications of a recent ruling by the Tax Court of Canada on what constitutes a “set” when selling personal use property. This could be important if you ever find yourself selling off valuable collectibles.

Canadian Couch Potato announced a new service for do-it-yourself investors to look at their financial plans.

Big Cajun Man sings the praises of slow thinking. I know I make better decisions when I take my time and think things through.

My Own Advisor shares his reasons for owning ETFs.

Million Dollar Journey looks at the pros and cons of rent to own houses.

Preet Banerjee’s latest podcast features a discussion of mobile wallet technology and two ways to save on cellphone roaming charges.

4 comments:

  1. But you do have the capacity to make good quick decisions, except when under duress, like say being told your wife is in labor... $20 tip for a beer eh?

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  2. The Blunt Bean CounterJuly 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Michael, thx for the link.

    As someone who has practiced tax for 25 years, you have no idea how your comment this week "I learned later that none of the three of them ever filed the election. Tens of thousands of dollars were at stake and they did nothing. Yet they continued to squabble over who had paid how much for various trivial cottage repairs" rings true.

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  3. @Big Cajun Man: When adding up the cost of raising a child, nobody adds in the cost of doing something dumb on the day of the birth.

    @Mark: I bet you've seen a lot more of this behaviour than I have.

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  4. Thanks for the link Michael.

    Stay cool this weekend, and pray for Ottawa rain..geez, we need it.

    Cheers,
    Mark

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