Friday, December 20, 2019

Short Takes: Bank Profits Edition

It’s gift-buying season. Each year, more of my Christmas shopping shifts online. It’s still tough to come up with good ideas for presents, but at least I don’t wander aimlessly in malls much anymore.

Here are some short takes and some weekend reading:

Tom Bradley at Steadyhand says that the profits Canadian banks earn from their individual customers (all of us) is the highest in the world. This reminds me of a scene from Wolf of Wall Street where Canadians are on the phone and DiCaprio plays the banks.

Ryan Krueger explains how we lose huge amounts of money in everyday banking.

Robb Engen at Boomer and Echo gives an overview of his financial life for the past decade. He definitely worked harder than I did during the 2010s. After quitting his day job, that’s going to change.

Preet Banerjee explains new research showing that people tend to pay down debts by “balance matching,” which has none of the benefits of the debt avalanche method (pay highest interest first) or the debt snowball method (pay smallest debt first).

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