The Salt Shaker: Winnie-ther-Pooh, Boomer mistakes, and Stock Market Mascots

Being a dad rocks! I’m sure there will be a lot of trying times to come, but the past couple months have been amazing as we get to know our little guy, and he gets to know us. Now that he’s smiling and talking up a storm, there is balance to the crying.

I’ve been reading Winnie the Pooh to him, and he seems to really enjoy it. I should say he seems to enjoy the rhythm of my voice. (If there is anything I learned from 1980s movies, it came from Three Men and a Baby: “It’s not what you say, but how you say it,” or something to that effect.) I couldn’t agree more.

As I get more and more used to my new parental role, I’m also starting to find some time to read a little more online (that isn’t baby related). Here are a few interesting things I’ve come across recently:


  1. Andrew Hallam says we can learn from the mistakes the Baby Boom has made.
  2. Money Smarts Blog give a good breakdown of the RRSP Home Buyers Plan.
  3. Larry MacDonald says the high Canadian dollar creates a good chance to invest in the U.S. … but wonders what to buy.
  4. Canadian Capitalist posts some highlights from the most recent Berkshire Hathaway annual report.
  5. Invest It Wisely had a guest post about South Korea.
  6. Investing Thesis has an interesting energy interview with a portfolio manager.
  7. Canadian Finance Blog talks about calculating your ACB.


  1. The Tokyo stock exchange, in a bid to attract young investors,  has a new mascot.
  2. Perhaps feeling like they’re missing out as they watched Goldman buy into Facebook… JP Morgan is trying to buy into Twitter.
  3. WSJ This Morning has a good list of jobs you should have by 30, and some lessons learned from each.


  1. Canadian Finance Carnival
  2. Canadian Personal Finance and Investing Carnival

Hope everyone has a great week!


2 responses to “The Salt Shaker: Winnie-ther-Pooh, Boomer mistakes, and Stock Market Mascots

  1. Thanks for mentioning the article, and glad to hear you survived the first couple of months. 😉

  2. Cheers Kevin,
    Not at all. I enjoyed it.
    Living here in Japan means I get a lot of exposure to South Korea. In fact, I usually fly through Seoul when I go back to Canada. When we get a 9 hour layover, we head into the city for about 5 hours to tour about enjoy the cuisine.

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