LinkStuff for Dec 15 + BCE + Auto Bailout

by Mike Holman

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Last week was an interesting one – the BCE deal was finally declared dead after a rather bizarre solvency ruling by KPMG.  From what I understand the solvency test was very strict which seems a bit odd considering that BCE is a pretty solid company.

The auto bailout which I talked about this week – - got rejected by Congress – apparently one of the stumbling points was the reluctance of the union to take a pay cut until 2011.  Hellooo!!  Your company is about to run out of money….idiots!

Luckily for the unions and companies – Bush decided to throw in a few billion to save the bailout.  This hasn’t been finalized yet, but I suspect it’s just a matter of time.  Canada of course has to toss some pesos into the bonfire as well so we are going to donate about $3.5 billion of tax money which of course is only a “loan” or maybe it will be “equity”?  Either way that money is gone – and probably so to are all the Canadian jobs once the car companies emerge from their eventual bankruptcy.

Weight

180.0 – went running twice last week and did ok on the diet.

Rest of the links

Green Panda did a 4-part series on how to have a classy dinner party – this is part 3 – the main meal.

Million Dollar Journey celebrates a second anniversary – congratulations on such a great blog!  He’s giving away some great prizes like cameras, cars….ok not the cars.  Go check it out and comment.

Squawkfox has an amusing post on a rather funny pr email she got pitching a shredder to “get rid of your credit card bills“.  Very amusing and quite sexist as well.

Financial Blogger had an amusing post asking why Brit government bonds are less trustworthy than those of McDonald’s? It’s not because of the food!

Carnivals

Free From Broke hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance.

Carnival of Financial Planning was hosted at the Skilled Investor.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Financial Blogger

Thx for the mention!
I guess they should nationalize the car industry ;-)
Imagine that:
Us cars made by the US government… made by you!

I’m sure Americans would fall for it ;-)

2 MillionDollarJourney

Thanks for mentioning the giveaway Mike! Happy Holidays!

3 Green Panda

I appreciate the mention! Congrats, you seem to be pretty fit.

4 FFB

Thanks for linking back to the Carnival of Personal Finance!

Dontcha live the auto bailout! The plan gets rejected but they’ll get the money anyway. They should have just given it to them in the first place an avoid all this drama. Ughhh

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