Inflation continues to ramp up. What to do?
I’ve been discussing the pending inflation for going on two years now. Governments have printed trillions of dollars and injected them into their economies. At the same time, economic growth hasn’t kept pace. The result? More dollars chasing the same (or fewer) goods and services. Basics of economics tell us that when demand exceeds supply,…
Predictions for 2022
2022 is really uncertain. What will happen in financial markets next year? Here’s my take.
Doing the math on an EV vehicle. When does it make sense?
Electric vehicles have a lot of advantages. They result in no gas stops, they have incredible torque making for a fun driving experience, and they are better for the environment. These factors may make buying an electric vehicle worth it, regardless of whether the financial equation pencils or not. Of course, as a CPA, the…
How to approach asset allocation and risk tolerance.
Figuring out how much of your net worth to invest in different assets is challenging. It is very personal. Take the time to figure out where your comfort level is and what makes sense based on your goals and your age.
When to invest outside a tax advantaged account
A lot of people only make investments within their TFSA and RRSP. But when does it make sense to think about making investments outside of these accounts? When saving for your retirement, there are limitations to what these accounts offer which investors should be thinking about. There could be significant opportunity costs to only investing…
What is going on in the housing market? My thoughts.
The past year has seen an incredible run up in asset prices. Not to be left out, housing has sky rocketed in many cities. Why did this happen, and what is coming down the pipeline in the future?
Opportunity Cost and what could have been
Every decision we make comes with a cost. Not just the cost of the thing we acquire, but the cost of what could have been. Opportunity cost is the concept that there are alternatives to the decisions we make that have different outcomes. Being aware of opportunity cost is critical to sound decision making.
Challenging the goal of retiring with no mortgage
How many times have you heard advice to pay of your mortgage by the time you retire? That having a paid off house is setting you up for success in retirement? The argument would be that when you retire, your income reduces substantially such that paying a mortgage payment each month could impact your ability…
Your financial “End Game” explained
To be financially successful over the long run, people need to make sacrifices in their lifestyle today to free up money for long term growth. Without a financial end game in mind ,these sacrifices are far less palatable. The financial End Game is the dream that makes the sacrifices worthwhile.
Why I use my credit card for everything!
Let’s start with a clear statement on consumer spending. If you can’t pay off your credit card every month with income from your salary after you have already contributed to investments, you are spending too much. Spending too much means you will carry a consumer debt balance on your credit card which will be very…
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