Posts by Canadian MoneySaver

Thumbnail for The Tiny House - Living Simply and Frugally to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint.

Ellen Roseman speaks with Michael Bartz, host of the In Over My Head podcast, about his tiny house and lowering his environmental footprint as well as living simply and frugally.

Thumbnail for Fine Print 101 Definitions For A Surprisingly Long List Of Key Mortgage Terms And Insight Into How They Might Impact Your Mortgage Choices

Introduction

Today’s introduction will be short and sweet, as I think the title above and definitions below largely speak for themselves. My goal today is to provide a glossary or cheatsheet you can use when learning how to speak mortgage in order to guide you towards making the most informed decision possible about the best mortgage for you and yours. My fervent thanks once again to my friend and mortgage guy, Russ Morrison of The Morrison Mortgage Team for his input in creating and shaping this article.

  • Posted Rate: the interest rate lenders advertise to borrowers for mortgages with different features and for different rates of time. Lenders provide posted rates for both fixed-rate and variable mortgages.
  • Discounted Rate: the actual rate your lender charges you on your mortgage because you’re special rather than the rate they quote to the unwashed masses. You’ll likely need to haggle to get this
Thumbnail for Good Things Come In Small Packages: Why We Like Small And Mid-Cap U.S. Stocks

Closer to the end of 2020, Peter Hodson and I, with Belco Private Capital Inc., launched the i2i Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund, a fund focused on small and mid-cap U.S. stocks. Naturally, being Canadian and operating in Canada, it begs the question of why U.S. small and mid-cap (SMID-cap) stocks are in the first place. So, let’s look at some of the reasons why we like U.S. SMID-caps. 

More Opportunities 

The first reason is obvious; the SMID-cap space in the U.S. is multiple the size of the Canadian SMID-cap space. One of the reasons we like small and mid-cap names, to begin with, is that they tend to fly more under the radar, and markets tend to be slower to catch on to promising companies. As an example, we count roughly 57 analysts who cover Amazon. That is 57 people whose full-time job is

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Ellen roseman speaks to Barbara Stewart, Chartered Financial Analyst and Research, about post-pandemic non-retirement as well as her Rich Thinking research on women and money and how women are re-inventing themselves as relating to employment, post-pandemic. She also discusses her five post pandemic financial planning retirement tips.

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Ellen Roseman speaks with Tim Hewson from LegalWills.ca about why everyone needs a will and the problems that are created when there isn't one upon death!  They also talk about reasons that people give why they haven't yet gotten one and tips and tricks when you do decide to get a will. 

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The Internet Era and Financial Information

Finance has always been a respectable career due to its contribution not only to people's retirement plans, but it also facilitates companies’ ability to raise capital to create jobs and improve society. Investing knowledge was often thought to be acquired only by professionals who graduated with prestigious college degrees from elite institutions, however, that perception is no longer true.

In recent years, accessing information is no longer a competitive advantage. Far gone are the days when investors had to email the authorities and wait two weeks until they can receive a company’s quarterly earnings or annual reports. Nowadays, investors just need to go to popular websites, such as SEC or SEDAR filings to instantly acquire original information at a cost of almost zero. In fact, financial information has been democratized not only in terms of cost but also its timeliness and ubiquity. For exam

Thumbnail for THAT Infamous Rogers Outage

Do you remember the infamous Rogers outage on 8 July 2022, also known as Red Friday – when a routine maintenance update backfired and led to a shutdown of services for customers across Canada?

A coding error in a routine maintenance update deleted a routing filter in its distribution routers, Rogers later told the CRTC. This caused the routers to propagate “abnormally high volumes of routes throughout the core network,” leading some network equipment to exceed capacity and fail.

Like many customers, I had no idea what was going on that morning when I woke to find my phone had no coverage. Was our wi-fi network down? To test that theory, I went outside, but my phone still didn’t work.

There I met a neighbour who warned me to carry cash if I planned to buy anything. He had tried to fill his large car with gas, but his credit card was not acce