Archive for August, 2005

Google Sidebar

August 28, 2005


I’ve been impressed with the many free offerings from Google in the past and I regularly use Picasa, Google Desktop Search, Blogger and Google Earth. Recently, Google unveiled the next version of Desktop Search and in typical Google fashion, they have made the product better (like the ability to search PDF documents). They have also introduced a desktop software tool called Sidebar, that includes the usual stock quotes and weather information like a portal, in addition to really useful tools like Scratch Pad (to jot down anything you want), Todo and System monitor (which puts Windows Task Manager to shame), which can be downloaded as third-party plug-ins.

Google is trying to encroach on Microsoft’s turf and I have to say that they have made a great start with Sidebar. No wonder many tech giants are worried about Google’s ambitions.

Getting Ready for Baby

August 25, 2005


As a new parent, I read the Financial Tips for Expecting Parents column on CNN Money and the New Parents’ Top 10 Mistakes on MSN Money with great interest. Both columns stress the need to:

  1. Get adequate life insurance for both parents.
  2. Get disability coverage for both parents. (I am glad we had disability coverage when my spouse was advised strict bed-rest during the last few months).
  3. Make a will.
  4. Contribute to retirement savings before saving for junior’s college.

TSX 18,000

August 24, 2005


Jeff Rubin, of CIBC World Markets, predicts in a guest column in today’s Report on Business (no available online) that the TSX will hit 18,000 by the end of the decade, driven by bullishness in the energy sector. He says that energy stocks are currently pricing in $40-range oil and $5-range natural gas prices. CIBC, of course, recently predicted that oil could hit $100 a barrel by 2010. Mr. Rubin argues that the energy sector weighting will grow from the current 25% to as much as 54% of the TSX composite index.

The frenzy in the energy sector makes my recent decision to lighten my exposure to the sector look dumb. However, I still think it was prudent to take the profits.