LinkStuff – New Dual Monitor Edition

by Mike Holman


Hope you had a great “holiday” week. I managed to get my home office setup. I’ve been blogging from a laptop on my couch for the past 3 years and I decided that having a proper workspace would help with productivity. I’m also hoping it will allow me to set “office hours” so I can limit my blogging time a bit.  I have a hard time putting the laptop away.

I bought a used PC and 2 19″ monitors. After using a laptop for so long, the extra screen space will take a bit of getting used to.  They are about five years old, but work quite well.

On with the links

Preet uncovered this gem. BMO wants to rename their index funds to include “ETF”. This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. Why stop at ETF? Why not call it the ETF Gold Lady Gaga Index Fund?

Jon Chevreau wrote an amusing article about the best and worst bank mutual funds. He points out that Gordon Pape somehow likes to ignore the ETFs in his evaluation.

Canadian Capitalist wrote an “I told you so” post about an ill-conceived investment product.

Larry MacDonald wrote about fundamental weight ETFs and bear markets. In my opinion, there are passive investing products (market cap ETFs) and then there is everything else.

Rachelle from Landlord Rescue finishes off her trilogy of Landlord from Hell stories. This one is a doozy!

The Oblivious Investor needs help deciding whether to invest in retirement savings or invest in income growth. I say both.

Michael James says that pet insurance is hard to justify. Sometimes I think that the cost of pets is hard to justify.

Million Dollar Journey came up with 6 ways to buy gold. I have a 7th way – just don’t buy any.

The Financial Blogger explains the difference between working on salary or 100% commission.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Canadian Capitalist

ETF Gold Lady Gaga Index Fund (TM). You should register a trademark on that. You’ll be raking in the big dough pretty soon.

Thanks for the mention.

2 larry macdonald

Have been enjoying those Tenant from Hell stories — having lived in a downtown rooming house while in university.

3 Michael James

Have fun with the dueling monitors. Thanks for the mention.

4 Rachelle

I have an 20″ IMac in my office downstairs. I do almost everything on my small hackintosh on the couch as I watch my son. I even remote control the IMac.

The keyboard on my laptop had a bunch of keys pulled off it by my 2 year old 6 months ago and I still haven’t replaced it.

The other day I made one of my rare trips to the office. I was think this is a really nice set-up why don’t I come down here more often? Maybe I will…

5 The Financial Blogger

love the setup!

I currently work with both my laptop and desktop on the same office to have 2 screens ;-)

my dream office would be 3 screens though..

6 Charles in Vancouver

Portfolio Strategy
BMO ETF Gold Lady Gaga Index Fund has been designed to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the MSCI International Drama Leather Lover’s Revenge Disco Gold Fashion Index, net of expenses. The Fund invests in and holds the Constituent Securities of the Index in the same proportion as they are reflected in the Index. The Manager may also use a sampling methodology in selecting investments for the BMO ETF Gold Lady Gaga Index Fund.

Benchmark Info
The MSCI International Drama Leather Lover’s Revenge Disco Gold Fashion Index includes securities which are constituents of the MSCI World Index and are involved in Theatrical Productions, Leather Tanning & Sales, Sex Toys, Gag Gifts & Production, Successful Recording Artists and Exclusive Impractical High Fashion.

7 Mike

@Charles – excellent! You should work in marketing. :)

8 Preet

Thanks for the mention. I’ll be following up on that post next week (or shortly thereafter)

9 guinness416

That pet insurance post is timely as we’re adding a puppy to he household in a couple of weeks and I’ve been thinking about it. Seems the “shove 100 bucks a month in an ING account and call it done” approach is the way to go? Do you have insurance for your cats?

10 Mike

Guinness, I’ve never had pet insurance. I would just put them down before paying for an expensive surgury.

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