This week in investing and personal finance

by Natalie MacLellan on January 14, 2011

in Week in review

I didn’t post a round-up last week, as I was out of the office Friday, so today’s links will include the best articles I have read in the past two weeks.

First, a warning today from the Maritime Better Business Bureau: Another day, another phishing scam. It seems locals are being targeted with fake email messages about their VISA being used in Iran, and asked for personal information to “verify the fraud.” DO NOT respond. VISA will never ask for your card number, PIN, or CVV in an email/phone call.

A new book from one of my favourite finance authors & personalities, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, has been reviewed in the Globe and Mail. I will be buying lots of these for contest prizes & giveaways.

2 Cents at the Balance Junkie talks about setting goals (financial and otherwise) for 2011.

Tom Drake at the Canadian Finance Blog writes another great educational post with What Is A Price To Book Ratio (P/B Ratio)?

Benoît Poliquin, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Pallas Athena Investment Counsel shares seven resolutions for a prosperous investing year at Investing Thesis.

Jim Yih at Wealth Web Gurus provides great advice in his article “Buy and hold does not mean ignore.” So true. You need to stay on top of your investments, or you could miss important information.

And one final link, to a report from Moneris Solutions about holiday spending. Despite pre-Christmas predictions that Nova Scotians would spend more over the holidays than anywhere else in Canada (from, it seems we were more frugal than most – Nova Scotia and New Brunswick saw the smallest increases in consumer spending vie debit & credit over the holidays. This could be taken as bad news for retailers, true – but it’s a nice-to-see for those of us advocating budgeting and saving over spending and increased debt.

Thanks are due this week to Jim Yih, who included our Read your monthly account statements article in his “best of the blogs” post this week.

Enjoy your weekend. I am spending mine at the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotis’s Divorce Fair – the 2nd annual event. So in parting, I will share the article I wrote at this time last year, Splits & Scams: DIvorce and your financial health.

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1 Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog 01.14.11 at 11:21 pm

Thanks for the mention Natalie!

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