This week I celebrate freedom: 我考完试! I’ve finished my exams, and my evenings are wide open once again. I’m not completely satisfied, because I realized that I studied a bit too much of one area and not enough of another when doing the test, and our oral group completely got our asses kicked by the Cantonese in the class (though others still say that we were funny and good)… nonetheless, I had fun during this class, and I’m probably going to take some time during the holidays to review everything that I’ve learned, so that it sticks.
Posts of the week
- Is Low Fat Yogurt Really That Good for You? – Is it better to eat low-fat yogurt? Not necessarily… have you looked at the ingredients list lately?
- 3 Unconventional Investment Moves to Make in 2011 – What could be the best investment moves to make in 2011? Well, nobody can know for sure, but in the spirit of challenging conventional thinking, here is my guess at three unconventional moves to make that could pay off. This article was mentioned at The Globe and Mail; thanks to Rob Carrick @ The Globe and Mail for the feature.
- Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland – This was part of a Christmas writing experiment at First Gen American.
- Book Review: The Great Credit Contraction – This is a review of the book by Trace Mayer, J.D., which covers the idea of the ongoing credit contraction, what it means for us, and the role that gold plays in all of this.
The Financial Blogger is celebrating four years of blogging with an iPad giveaway!
- How Banks are Fleecing You with a Smile (Beating The Index)
- This is a funny post on how financial advisors pat you on the back with one hand and smile, while stealing from your wallet with the other…
- 7 Dividend Stocks With Fantastic Balance Sheets (Dividend Monk)
- Looking for a nice dividend stock with a great balance sheet? The dividend monk has 7 recommendations.
- A Panhandling Story (101 Centavos)
- This is a great story by 101 Centavos on helping out those in need.
- Am I A Financial Hypocrite? (Roshawn Watson)
- Is he?
- Bar Stool Economics (The Biz of Life)
- The Grouch shares this entertaining story about a group of drinkers at a bar and redistributive policies.
- Don’t lighten your wallet with inefficient bulbs (Sustainable Personal Finance)
- This post makes the case for CFL bulbs. I personally prefer incandescents for indoor lighting; check this thread from Frugal Zeitgeist and read the comments for more info. Still, I think they can be decent options for say, outdoor lighting and places like that where lighting quality isn’t really an issue.
- Getting $10,000,000 and Losing It All. Proof Money Does Not Always Buy Happiness (Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
- Landing into a windfall of money can sometimes be a curse, depending on your temperament and the vultures surrounding you!
- How I Prioritize My Finances (The Amateur Financier)
- The Amateur Financier tells us how he prioritizes his finances.
- I Almost Became Famous (DIY Investor)
- This is a quite interesting post about the effect that both luck & skill can have on one’s investment adventures.
- Project management and personal finance parallels (My Own Advisor)
- My Own Advisor shares the parallels he sees between project management and personal finance.
- Should You Give Money to Beggars and Homeless? (Get Happy Life)
- Here’s another interesting story on giving to the homeless.
- 3 Poor Savings Habits and 4 Tips on How to Overcome Them (Spruce Up Your Finances)
- 45% Couldn’t Last More Than A Month If Laid Off (The Wise Buck)
- Discussing active asset allocation using ETFs with Terry Shaunessy of Shaunessy Investment Counsel (Investing Thesis)
- Don’t Let Your Vehicle Get Caught Out In The Cold! (Buy Like Buffett)
- Figuring Out How Much You Need for Retirement (Personal Dividends)
- Health Tips | Boosting your brain, living longer, and why dark chocolate is good for you (KurzweilAI.net)
- How To Select A Financial Advisor (Andrew Hallam)
- Nasa new life form (Frugal Zeitgeist)
- Preparing for a One-Income Household (Canadian Finance Blog)
- Stop Making Paper and Start Making Things: Bill Gross (Balance Junkie)
- The Value of Gold (FOFOA)
- War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat (New York Times)
- Vick living on meager budget to pay back creditors (The ¢entsible life)
My roundup includes sites that mentioned Invest It Wisely over the past week; thanks for including me, and please let me know if I forgot to mention you!
I am grateful for all of the great commentary, feedback, and mentions that I get from each and every one of you, and I greatly appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by, and if ever you have any questions or feedback, just let me know!
There is no video of the week this week due to a lack of viewing. Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.