Weekend Update

Books: Re-reading an old James Herriot novel, All Creatures Great and Small. It’s probably been 18 years that I’ve read it. Just going back to some master story tellers. (Also, if you can’t tell, I’ve been obsessed with all things Brit lately.)

Car insurance: Been shopping around, as I am looking for a new insurance company for the start of July, when I move back to Ontario. I was paying far too much for Meloche Monnex, although I didn’t have much of a choice, since they were one of the few companies that would take me as a client (i.e. living in Quebec with Ontario plates). After talking to five companies, I believe my best bet is OTIP. It does pay to call around though; I got a $25 Amazon gift card from OTIP just for speaking with an agent and CAA also gave me $25 for chatting with them!

Roboadvisors:
 Finally transferred about $22,000 of RSPs out of Tangerine Investment Funds and over to another roboadvisor. There’s a nice spread of iShares and Vanguard ETFs. Will need to sit down and look through my asset allocation when I’ve got more time in the summer. Got a $50 bonus when I started the account since mentioning the referral from Jessica Moorhouse.

School Boards: All registered with my new school board, and getting calls for substitution on my cellphone (it took me a week to figure out how to turn it off until September). However, I am disappointed I did not get an interview with Ottawa-Carleton (OCDSB). Out of four other friends, only one person I knew got an interview for the OT list. I suppose I just try again next year … should I apply for Thames Valley? Will work on an application later this week.

Media: Podcasting as usual and enjoying BBC’s The Documentary. Also learned about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) on the SickBoy podcast*. Taking a pause after finishing seasons 6 of Call the Midwives and switching over to AMC’s Humans. AHHHH!!! Great show to watch after HBO’s WestworldWatch the trailer:


*This is a Canadian podcast and it is tastefully done, not what you’d expect when the three hosts are three white dudes. What’s even cooler is that one of the hosts is my gym buddy’s brother-in-law!

Fave Podcast: Jessica Moorhouse

One of the podcasts I find myself going back to regularly is Jessica Moorhouse’s Mo’ Money. My long-time childhood friend, Sarah Li Cain, of High Fiving Dollars, recommended it to me several months ago and I got hooked after listening to the interview with Gail Vaz-Oxlade.

Listened to this interview with Andrew Kirkland of JustWealth this morning. Super interesting introduction to roboadvisors, how the name started and what are differences between index funds and ETFs.

If you don’t have a podcast player, you can use the embedded Soundcloud app:

What are some podcasts that you enjoy? 

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WealthSimple ASP

Change my mind again, on the RSPs investments. I had mentioned last week I wanted to set up an ASP biweekly to match the paychecks. I’ve decided to contribute $333 off each paycheck towards my WealthSimple account, rather than into Tangerine Portfolios, which still has an MER of 1.07%.

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It’s sort of the funny, the more and more you talk and the more you think about this stuff, you realize how each decision prior could have been better made …

It’s a learning process!