It seems that Facebook was down for a couple of days in late September. I’m not a big Facebook user (I check it every few days, and am always met with the “300+ recent posts” icon ) so didn’t even know about the problem until recently.
In possibly related news, here’s what Canada’s GDP numbers looked like for September. Looks like productivity went through the roof around the 22nd and 23rd. Wonder why?
(The Facebook downtime to GDP chart is a creation of ISO Salt Corp. and is in not to be used as fact.)
On to some interesting things I came across this past week:
Mike Holman of Money Smarts has written a book on RESPs. I’ve ordered 5 copies from Amazon already (4 gifts and one for me). So check out his post and swing over to Amazon to pick up a copy if you, or someone you know, have kids.
Larry MacDonald has a good little list of some scholarly papers on investing. I liked the asymmetrical investing paper. I don’t really have to worry about it too much, as Japanese Boards of Education don’t issue stock, but something to think about for the future.
Canadian Capitalist writes a review of “Pensionize Your Nest Egg,” saying that it is well written and easy to understand.
Andrew Hallam points out that Canadian schools are starting to teach the truth about actively managed funds… the banks are not impressed, it seems.
Invest it Wisely featured a guest post entitled “If you enjoy financial obligations, don’t read this.” I didn’t read it for a while as I was trying to decide what a financial obligation is, but I finally did, and it’s about re-financing a mortgage at a shorter term.
Balance Junkie says investing in the stock market is like crossing the street: you should pay attention to the cars more than if the little guy is says walk or don’t walk.
- Bad news for Bombardier and Canada; Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy looks to have its own regional jet in the air by 2012.
- Investing Thesis has a great article on household debt. Some very shocking numbers there.
- Since the F/X intervention didn’t do too much to the yen, the BOJ has now lowered interest rates to effectively 0%. More reason to keep my cash flowing abroad.
- I heard about this first on the Wall Street Journal This Morning, but BankNerd has an article about the credit cards we may be carrying in the future.
- The TMX Group announced their intent to launch a new ATS called TMX Select. I can only assume this is their answer to losing market share to the Alpha platform. The question remains, when will the supposed price battle of the exchanges be passed onto the retail investor? I think I’ll keep holding my breath for cold fusion over that one.
- The Canadian Personal Finance and Investing Carnival, hosted by Investing Thesis, included my article on Scholarships, Bursaries and Used Books. There are many good articles in the list.
- Rachelle at Landlord Rescue has started the Canadian Real Estate Carnaval. There are a lot of articles to browse through.