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THE UK LEAVING THE EU… NOT A TIME FOR PANIC

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Yesterday, we woke to news that the citizens of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. While polls hinted that the ‘Leave’ camp may win the day, financial markets were prepared for a ‘Stay’ victory in the weeks leading up to...

RETIREMENT READINESS AND THE BIG QUESTION…

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My memory takes me back a number of years now to a gathering at a pool party in a friend’s backyard. I was part of a group of men standing together, cups in hand, chatting about the approaching retirement of a number in the group. I find that...

TIME FOR A FINAL COMMUTE BEFORE RETIRING?

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I think back to my university sociology classes where we studied demographic graphs until my eyes crossed, and how much more meaning those charts have 30 years later! “If I knew then what I know now”… I suppose that’s a...

IF THE SOCK FITS…

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For some reason, I was particularly puzzled that morning.  Perhaps it was one too many late-night hockey games, or maybe the early morning darkness had me disoriented, but I was struggling with a decision that I make about 300 mornings each...

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MY SEASON WITH THE SUPER HEROES

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One of the greatest pleasures that my job allows is the flexible time to spend being involved in community sports. This year I was part of the coaching team for a rowdy group of nine and ten year old boys (okay…one or two were rowdy enough for...

IT’S HARD NOT TO JUDGE THE BOOK…

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Time for a pop quiz: what do former NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have in common? Answer: Nothing. Yet I had to shake my head as I listened to the interviews broadcast this morning on CBC Radio One’s morning show,...

FROM HERE TO HEIR: WHY YOUR RRSP MAY MAKE A DISAPPOINTING...

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I accepted the recent invitation to submit an article to an emerging online publication entitled Managing your Wealth. The invitation fit nicely with my passion to contribute to the financial literacy of individuals and their families, and I in turn...

TEMPTED TO ROLL THE DICE?

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I had just returned from the ice surface to the dressing room, got settled in my place and was starting to remove my hockey gear when the question seemingly came out of nowhere, sent in my direction.  The friend who posed the question knew my...

GO FIGURE…!

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Just today, I woke up to a newscast that informed us of the resignation of a prominent political figure in our area. I suppose that were I more politically “plugged in”, I might have seen this coming and been less surprised by this development....

A VIRTUAL VISIT TO COSTCO GARNERS GOOD ADVICE

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At least once a week, our family visits the Mecca of consumerism – that bastion of capitalism – Costco.  We joke amongst ourselves that we can never get out of Costco without a receipt for at least $100. It seems, though, that they stock their...