What Have You Already Missed This Year?

Remember Christmas time last year when stocks were getting pummeled and everyone was calling a crash that looked like 2008? Well guess what? If you sold everything you owned at that point you just ended up realizing missing out on over 10% in gains. That’s exactly how much the markets have rebounded since hitting their…

What Do I Need To Retire?

Contrary to the popular belief of many Canadians, collecting CPP and OAS isn’t quite enough to retire on. That’s because the maximum benefit for CPP is only slightly more than $1,100 and the OAS supplement is around $540. That means the maximum amount the government will give you when you’re wrinkly and retired is around…

Don’t Believe All The News

One of the hardest things I’ve learned while on my quest to achieving financial independence is how to avoid all the news. Everyday we are inundated by news articles stating the “facts”. Browse Facebook, LinkedIn or even look at the home screen on your Android phone and you’ll know what I mean. It’s not hard…

Ringing In The New Year

With 2018 in the rear view mirror it’s time to start looking forward at what the next year may bring. There are already quite a few known changes in Canada to the economic landscape that will affect our personal finances in 2019, so now is a good time to run down through the changes so…

2018: Year In Review

I went back one year to see what I wrote about in 2017 and the headlines were all about Bitcoin. Well guess what? Last year I wrote about how I couldn’t give a damn about Bitcoin because it was just a one hit wonder with no longevity and not a proper way to reach financial…

Stocks Don’t Always Go Up

No, that picture is not to scare you, it’s just used to described what people call a down market. A “bear market”. Despite the record setting years of the last decade, stocks are down this year. This is no surprise as I wrote about it at the beginning of the year. Interest rates are rising…

Budgeting For Couples

Black Friday came and went. It’s the holiday shopping season full of deals and lots of extra trips to the shopping mall or visits to Amazon to hunt for gifts for friends and loved ones. With all the extra time shopping, it’s not really a crime to actually want to get something for yourself. Maybe…