Welcome to the 10th edition of the Canadian Personal Finance & Investing Carnival.
If you’re new around here and aren’t quite up to speed with what this Carnival is, allow us to explain. The Canadian Personal Finance & Investing Carnival is a collection of the best Canadian personal finance and investing themed articles from the last 2 weeks. the Carnival touches on topics like gold and disability insurance to the ecoEnergy Retrofit program and much much more. So sit back and take a few minutes or hours to brush up your personal finance IQ. Remember, there will be a quiz when you’re done and the person who scores the highest, gets a smiley face.
The next few lines are directed to all you Canadian Personal Finance & Investing bloggers out there. While we have your attention, we would like to take this moment to invite submissions for the tenth edition of the Canadian Personal Finance & Investing Carnival slated for publishing on December 15th, 2010. So if you’re a Canadian blogger specializing in personal finance and or investing, make sure you submit your best articles for inclusion and while you’re at it, perhaps spread the word about the Canadian Personal Finance & Investing Carnival.
Invest It Wisely presents Gold, Revisited: Is $1500 Near?, saying, “This article looks at the recent moves in the gold price; is gold in a bubble? Why is it moving higher?”
Canadian Finance Blog presents The RESP Book Book Review, saying, “The RESP Book: The Complete Guide to Registered Education Plans for Canadians covers all the RESP account details, withdrawal rules and eligibility requirements.”
Beating The Index presents Drill, Baby, Drill! Drilling Activity Forecasted to Rise in 2011, saying, “Drilling activity is forecasted to rise in 2011 due to strong energy prices. How to profit by investing in drilling and field services companies.”
Before You Invest presents How is inflation managed?, saying, “Digging a little deeper into the issue of inflation, today we look at how the Bank of Canada uses interest rates to manage inflation. Managing inflation goes back to basic economics, and the theory of supply and demand.”
First Rental Property presents The Dark Side of Real Estate Investing, saying, “We often hear great success stories from successful real estate investors. However, we seldom hear from those individuals who failed as real estate investors and lost money as well. Find out some of the mistakes that differentiate the super successful investors from the not-so-lucky investors.”
Sustainable Personal Finance presents The ecoEnergy Retrofit Program, saying, “Reduce your carbon foot print and your energy bills at the same time! Win-Win!”
Mortgage Alerts Canada presents Options for paying your mortgage down quicker, saying, “There are many ways to pay down your mortgage sooner that could save you thousands of dollars in interest payments throughout the term of your mortgage.”
Grocery Alerts Canada presents Printable Coupons Canada – Is Buying Organic Really Worth It?, saying, “Is Buying Organic Really Worth It? Organic food is an interesting option for those who are more and more concerned with their health as well as the environment. But many people wonder whether it’s really worth paying more for these products. Is organic food simply a passing trend, or has it become a necessity to ensure good health?”
Balance Junkie presents Insider Trading Probe: Misplaced Justice?, saying, “Have you read about the massive insider trader probe being conducted in the U.S. at the moment? Recent news reports of numerous FBI raids on hedge funds and at least one arrest have been met with mixed reactions and much debate. I thought I might as well throw my two cents in the hat as well, and of course, ask you what you think about all of this.”
Financial Highway presents The Location Independent Lifestyle: 3 Low-Cost, (But Amazing) Places in the World to Live, saying, “Completely changing your lifestyle to be able to live or work from anywhere is not easy to do, at first. No matter if you are seeking a better work-life balance or because you just want a change in climate or culture; whether setting up your remote job or a your own business that you can run remotely; living a location independent lifestyle will require a serious shift in your thinking. But once you’re on your way and begin exploring new possibilities of living in your dream location, it only gets easier and easier from there on out.”
Financial Thinking presents Models may not be Robust, saying, “In our effort to understand the world around us, we observe, we form hypotheses and we test whether or not our explanations match reality. From there, we use models to test our understanding of natural systems.”
Canadian Couch Potato presents Bonds, GICs and the Yield Illusion, saying, “If you like to keep the fixed-income side of your portfolio as safe as possible, there’s lots to like about the Claymore 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond ETF (CLF). It carries one of the lowest management fees of any ETF in Canada at a paltry 0.15%. Its default risk is essentially zero, and its short duration means it’s not too vulnerable to rising interest rates. Finally, the ETF uses a laddered structure to spread out interest rate risk.”
Boomer & Echo presents Understanding Disability Insurance, saying, “If you are young and healthy, you probably haven’t given disability insurance a second thought. But check out these statistics. At age 30 there is an almost three in one chance that you will become disabled at least temporarily (90 days or less) at some time before you die. After age 50 the odds are two to one.”
Money Smarts Blog presents Canadian Financial Advisor Qualifications and Courses, saying, “There are many things you should consider when choosing a financial advisor. One of the items is their academic training.”
Investing Thesis presents Discussing Sovereign Debt, Global Economics and Investing with Jonathan Wellum of RockLinc Investment Partners, saying, “If you want to get a comprehensive look at the world through the eyes of a very experienced portfolio manager, you should read this post.”
Dividend Dollar presents Self Insure Your Car – Results, saying, “As you may have read in a previous post, one of my savings strategies is to “Self insure your Car” by increasing your deductable. This might sound good on paper but how does this work in reality? A few months ago I followed my own advice and was able to save a considerable sum by doing so.”
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