1. In the past ten years, Canada has had an easier time than pretty much everyone else. Our home prices did not crash as in other countries, our dollar strengthened significantly and our stock markets outperformed pretty much every developed market out there. This column in Macleans magazine wonders how long the good times are going to last.
  2. What should investors do in the wake of the disastrous Japanese Earthquake? Jon Chevreau looks at history and finds the best course is to stay the course, Larry MacDonald says the bargain prices may be a good time to obtain exposure to Japanese equities and the folks at Steadyhand obtained a preliminary assessment from their money manager.
  3. Today’s Economy Blog’s Kevin Press highlights some findings from a recent survey that found that Canadians believe they’ll be working well past the traditional retirement age.
  4. If you have trouble establishing a savings habit, you’ll find Preet Banerjee’s tip to “nudge” yourself by banking half your next increase pretty useful.
  5. Michael James on Money did an informal survey and found that half the respondents believe they don’t pay any fees to buy and own mutual funds.
  6. If you don’t want any risk in your RESP, Money Smarts Blog suggests opening up a GIC RESP available at many banks. The only problem is that the yields on these GICs are very low.
  7. Million Dollar Journey featured a guest post on the laundry list of fees that goes with ownership of mutual funds. It’s not clear if some of them apply only to US investors.
  8. The Blunt Bean Counter recommends filing a tax return for your children and university students and explains why.
  9. Spring is around the corner and typically the real estate markets starts heating up. Sustainable PF has some tips on how to sell your home quickly.
  10. Do self-help personal finance books really of much use? Thicken My Wallet weighs in
  11. Boomer & Echo weighs in with impressions on preparing and filing taxes with TurboTax Online. I’ve never tried an online program because I’m very uncomfortable putting all my personal information on a website (even though Intuit security is a lot better than mine at home).
  12. With tax season about to ramp up, Canadian Tax Resource blog has some useful information on how to report RRSP contributions on your tax return.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

This article has 13 comments

  1. Thanks for the mention! Hopefully the good times continue until my house sells :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks for the mention CC! We sold very quickly and hope to help others do the same!

  3. Thanks for mention. When one looks around the world and at all the problems in other countries like Japan, U.S., Eurozone, etc., Canada has so far been an oasis. Let’s hope it continues.

  4. The Blunt Bean Counter

    Thx for the mention and to Michael for the idea

  5. Thanks Ram. I agree that GIC rates are low, but for some people – it’s the only way they will set up an RESP.

  6. In the wake of events in Japan, I think I’ll do what you said you’d do which was basically “nothing different”. Thanks for the mention.

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  8. @Sustainable PF. I had to sell my Toronto condo back in 2008 when I took a new job on the east coast. My real estate agent took it upon herself to do a lot of things that you talked about on your blog as part of her commissions and she definitely got results! My condo was only on the market for a day before I received a good offer, which I eventually took.

  9. Oops! I meant to say 2009. It was in the fall of 2009 that I sold it.

  10. Thanks for the link Ram. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Belated thanks for the link.

  12. The “Boomer and Echo” blog on Tax Time felt more like a sales pitch than a critical review, especially with the add displayed on his page….just sayin…

  13. @John: Thanks for your comment. I’ll be more careful about linking to posts that read like sales pitches with affiliate links in them.

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