I’m reconsidering the usefulness of my Friday short takes. When I have something substantive to say about someone else’s article, I’m thinking of just writing a full article on the subject instead of collecting together several links and a few thoughts. If you have any opinion on this, feel free to comment on this post. I’ll make a decision next week.
I had a full week of posts:
Stop Over-Thinking Your Money
It’s Time that Renting Got a Little Respect
Common Sense on Mutual Funds
A Chance to Mouth Off
Here’s some weekend reading:
Preet Banerjee’s new book Stop Over-Thinking Your Money is out, and he interviewed me for his podcast, all in one week!
Andrew Hallam has a very interesting hook for getting kids interested in investing.
SquawkFox reviews Preet’s new book Stop Over-Thinking Your Money.
Potato has had it with Bell and is considering a jump to Primus for a home phone. I’m interested in feedback about customer experience with Primus home phones (regular land line as opposed to VOIP).
Canadian Couch Potato is tinkering with his model portfolios. A theme is a shift toward more Vanguard ETFs. All my ETFs are from Vanguard now. But I’m still holding on stubbornly to some shares in Berkshire Hathaway.
Gail Vaz-Oxlade says that her greatest luxury is cold hard cash. That’s luxury I can identify with.
Canadian Capitalist (http://www.canadiancapitalist.com/asset-class-returns-for-2013/) reports the 2013 asset class returns.
The Blunt Bean Counter says that the advantage of paying yourself dividends instead of salary from a private corporation has “been virtually eliminated.”
My Own Advisor takes a look at how well he did with his 2013 financial predictions and humbly admits that “I am no better at predications than anyone else.”
Million Dollar Journey lists its most popular articles of 2013.
Krystal Yee decided to shift her extra mortgage payments to higher retirement saving. This is a slightly higher risk and higher (expected) reward path. I hope it works out for her.
Big Cajun Man suggests working out how much higher your mortgage payment would be if interest rates jumped up, and then try making extra principal payments to match this increase as a stress-test of your finances.