Here are my posts for this week:
The Alchemy of Finance
“Invest However You’re Most Comfortable”
Here are some short takes and some weekend reading:
Marc Andreessen believes we can improve finance by completely reinventing it. If you think Andreessen is right about this, you may not want to concentrate your portfolio in bank stocks.
ETF Insight reports that Vanguard is lowering their ETF management fees in Canada. I’m happy I’ll save enough money to take my wife out to dinner a few times.
Boomer and Echo compares 5 different robo-advisors already operating in Canada or coming to Canada soon.
Mr. Money Mustache teaches how to get rich with science. As usual, he writes very well and makes you think.
Canadian Couch Potato has some interesting examples of how taxes affect ETF performance. Portfolio turnover matters in addition to the mix of dividends, interest, and capital gains.
Big Cajun Man asks whether spousal RRSPs have any use now that we have pension splitting. He got some good ideas in the comments section for how spousal RRSPs are still useful.
My Own Advisor’s latest dividend update drew quite a few comments, mostly from active stock pickers.
Karen Cleveland at Canadian Business has some sensible ideas about what to do when you’re sick. Spoiler: stay home. You think you’re being a hero by going in to work, but others just want you to stay away from them. Another thing to consider is that staying home is doing your part to reduce the virulence of infections. Any infection that causes people to isolate themselves is a genetic failure. Infections are most successful if they’re as virulent as possible without making people stay home.