This post will be the first interview for the Frugal North! I'm very excited about this one as I think it's an important topic to discuss for the Canadian FI community. I had the great pleasure to ask Robinson Smith a few questions about the Smith Manoeuvre (a topic I touched on here) which is … Continue reading Interview – Smith Manoeuvre (With Robinson Smith)
My last post outlined the semi-dull (really dull?) fundamentals of investment and savings vehicles available to Canadians. This material can be dry, especially to those not interested in risk, yield, investing, finance, etc. But I urge Canadians to do their homework on it as it is important to, at the very least, have a basic understanding … Continue reading How Do I Create an Investment Strategy That Fits Me?
Do you think saving and investing looks something like the laptop screen in the picture above? I can safely say it does not - not even close. Nowadays, platforms are super easy to use from Tangerine Banking to Questrade (Credit Unions and the Big Banks also have pretty intuitive sites from what I hear, but I … Continue reading Study Up On: Canadian Savings & Investment Vehicles – Where To Start?
Groundbreaking news everyone! I've decided to start reviewing books related to personal finance and living a fulfilling life without the fruitless endeavours of ultra-consumerism! I am doing this to try and motivate myself to read more. During my long road of actuarial exams, I read many textbooks, actuarial journals, studies and the like. However, I've … Continue reading Booked: Think and Grow Rich
Buying or renting your place of residence - what should you do? There are probably hundreds of thousands of articles contrasting the two paths scattered across the web. These articles will give you anything from in-depth analysis to general guidelines. Buuuuut regardless of the amount of content out there, I like sharing my own point … Continue reading Housing – Should I Buy or Rent?
It was a balmy 25 degrees and radiantly sunny on the Sunday afternoon that we drove from Ottawa to Montreal. It was from here that we grabbed a direct 7 hour flight from Montreal to the border town of Basel, Switzerland - close by to our final destination in Southern Germany. As we checked our … Continue reading Study Up On: Mindfulness
Happy Sunday everyone! I took a big step personally last week, as I actually outlined my financial goals. As a natural follow-up to that, here is my first FI update comparing January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018: Observations Debt? Firstly, we are luckily in a position where we have virtually zero debt. At the moment, … Continue reading Financial Independence – June 2018