Archive for December, 2006

This and That

December 29, 2006

  1. Jonathan Chevreau explains in his column that while it is important to save a little for tomorrow, it is also important to live a little today.
  2. Some stock market pundits are forecasting that the TSX will return about 8% in 2007, closing above the 14,000 level. To see just how silly such forecasting is, hardly anyone expected double digit gains this year. The most optimistic forecast was that the index might reach 12,000 points. It closed above 12,900 today.
  3. I never understood the allure of single country ETFs that Rob Carrick discusses in a recent column. I am very happy with the EFA index fund and will be looking to initiate a position in emerging markets with either the EEM or the VWO.
  4. If you are looking for financial resolutions for the New Year, you might want to check out some of the suggestions at Our main resolutions are to get our wills done and continue to move towards a mostly indexed portfolio.

Site Redesign

December 28, 2006


I have (almost) finished the redesign of the website and hope that you like it. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments.

QuickTax Rebate

December 26, 2006


Intuit Canada, maker of the best-selling QuickTax software package, has stopped offering TaxWiz for download. Instead, for a limited time until January 17, 2007, Intuit is offering QuickTax Standard for download for $29.99, which is $10 less than the sticker price. Also, if you are a regular user of Norton AntiVirus software (retail price $49.99), you might be interested in downloading it along with QuickTax, which would save you $20 off the tax software and a $35 mail-in rebate from Symantec.