LinkStuff – Camping Trip Edition

by Mike Holman

We did our big camping trip last weekend at Awenda Provincial Park which is about an hour north of Barrie, Ontario.

It went very well, although Saturday was pretty rainy. Luckily our friends thought to bring a big tarp, so we had a dry place to hang out. The weekend ended up being really fun.

We learned that we need to organize our camping gear better. It was difficult to get everything packed into the car and the fact that we had an extra air mattress and extra tent didn’t help much. We also had a sleeping bag which I’m sure is rated for -100 degrees. It’s very cushy, but we just don’t need something that big for summer camping.

That’s it for camping this season, but we’re hoping to go several times next year.

On with the links

Fascinating article on decision making and how tiring it can be.

Adrian Liston pokes some amusing holes in the US government debt vs family debt debate. Apples and oranges.

Canadian Couch Potato had a very funny post on the suitability of gold as an investment.

Financial Uproar (one of my favourite bloggers) had an excellent piece – debt isn’t evil. He’s right.

Nelson from Financial Uproar wrote another great post on fixed or variable mortgages. Great analysis.

The Oblivious Investor came up with an innovative way to plan for variable withdrawal rates in retirement.

Big congrats to Potato who has finally finished his PH.D.

Boomer & Echo explain real return bonds.

Canadian Capitalist announced that BMO Investorline will allow US$ registered accounts.

Kevin Press didn’t have a successful yard sale. I think he just can’t let go of those couches.

Michael James talks about the problem with currency hedging.

Million Dollar Journey wrote about futures contracts.

My Own Advisor doesn’t like online investment calculators. Probably because most of them lie.

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