The Purge

What is the purpose of material possession? Why do we hold onto things we haven’t used in years? What is our emotional attachment to stuff? I’ve started this year off with a healthy dose of questioning. The process of setting goals for the next twelve months has helped me...
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Take a Penny, Leave a Penny

I was just cleaning out the change in my car’s console and came across a penny; something that has finally been mostly filtered out of my change drawers and entirely removed from the coinage system of Canada. I poked around a bit online and discovered that we were...
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Super Bowl Economics

I love sports. Team sports, individual sports, any kind. I believe there’s something beautiful about the competitive spirit and two entities facing off to establish dominance. This weekend, the National Football League features a clash of true titans as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off...
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The Closer You Look

Following the stock market closely over the past few months, we have seen many different factors in play that seem to be influencing the global economy. Whether we’re talking about the rapid decline in oil prices, central banks running the printing presses, or earnings releases from individual companies, there...
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Recently Interviewed

One of the greatest joys of maintaining this website is the ability to share our vision with others. Prior to starting on this journey, we were spreading our message literally person to person on a word-of-mouth basis in our local area. Now that we have this platform, we...
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2015 Goals

With 2014 squarely in the books, it is time to consider our plans for the New Year. While it can seem arbitrary to choose a date such as the beginning of January to take on the task of goal-setting, it nevertheless provides an opportunity to look forward. There...
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Baby Blog: Pre-Birth Costs – Part I

As a financial blogger and soon-to-be new father (baby boy due early January, 2015), I thought it would be a fun idea to combine the two roles and take a look at what it costs to raise a baby for the first year of his or her life....
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Recent Buy: Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd

Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd (CSW.B) is a leading marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines, clocking in at just over 20% of spirits sales in Canada. The distillery operation was initially incorporated in 1859 and has been building its presence in the industry ever since. While...
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Top 10: Holiday Savings Tips

The holidays are a time to show people how much we love and care for them through gifts and other pleasantries, or so we are told by the large corporations. Spending time with family and friends while enjoying a meal together can be a healthy family interaction but...
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Recent Buy: The Jean Coutu Group

Recently, I had been looking to initiate a position in what I believe to be a very strong pharmacy-based company in The Jean Coutu Group Inc. (PJC.A). This company operates a network of just over 400 franchised stores. The locations are spread across three provinces: Quebec, New Brunswick,...
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