Friday, May 31, 2013

Short Takes: Mortgage-Breaking Penalties, Misguided Loyalty, and more

I wrote three posts this week:

Hertz in the Currency Exchange Business

Dan Solin on Investing

Return Expectations

Here are my picks for some weekend reading along with some of my short takes:

Robert McLister explains how banks play games with their online calculators for mortgage-breaking penalties to steer customers into calling customer service.

Tom Bradley at Steadyhand sees too many investors with a misguided sense of loyalty to their financial advisors. I suspect this is partially a case of investors not really understanding how much they pay their advisors. Many of us would buy an unwanted $5 box of Girl Guide cookies from a niece to avoid the awkwardness of saying no, but few of us would pay thousands just to avoid a mildly unpleasant situation. But investors do pay thousands per year for their financial advice whether they realize it or not.

The Blunt Bean Counter explains some of the problems you can run into when transferring property among family members.

Canadian Couch Potato brings some clear thinking about timing your entry into the market.

Money Smarts reviews the discount brokerage Qtrade.

Big Cajun Man says his retirement plans are “up on the roof.”

My Own Advisor updates his progress toward his 2013 financial goals. The first 3 goals would be trivial to achieve if it weren’t for sensible goal number 4 (no new debt).

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inclusion, luckily my air conditioning does not seem to be up on the roof.

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  2. Thanks for the mention Michael, trying to avoid any new debt as best I can :)

    Mark

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