Do you know what the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) is, or why it was created? I go through the history, how it protects banking customers and their deposits, and how exactly (and how much) you’re protected.
A few weeks ago, I got to co-host a really special event called “A Greener Dollar” with Desjardins CEO Guy Cormier, and after that event, he sat down to do a podcast episode with me so we could dive deeper into the topic of responsible finance and investing.
Something you should know about Desjardins is that they have been at the forefront of responsible investing going back 25 years with the launch of their first SocieTerra funds. Since then, they’ve built a number of responsible mutual funds and ETFs, and hope to be a leader in promoting responsible investing to the masses.
As Guy mentions in the podcast, more business leaders need to step up and take more action when it comes to sustainable growth in the financial industry and in the greater economy. Although many leaders and companies are profit-first thinkers and simply focused on getting high returns, things need to shift in the investing world. There needs to be more transparency, inclusivity, and we need to protect our future. And one big way this can be done is by offering responsible investing products and having the conversation with investors.
Hopefully, one day responsible investing will simply be called investing, and there won’t be so many different interpretations of what it means to be responsible fund or responsible investor. Until then, what we all can do is to be more intentional with our investing dollars and to keep the conversation going so more people are aware of their options.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/229
It's been well over 2 years since I've had well-known personal finance expert Kelley Keehn on the podcast (she was featured on episode 131 back in Nov. 2017 if you want to check that out), and she's back to chat with me about her new best-selling book Talk Money to Me.
If you are looking for a new book, specifically for Canadians, about all the things you should know about money management, debt, credit and mindset, you'll definitely want to grab a copy of her book. It's not written like your typical personal finance advice book, telling you what to do and not to do. Instead, Kelley weaves in his wisdom by sharing stories and scenarios based on all of the people she's been able to talk to and help over the years in her career as a financial literacy advocate.
The reason she wanted to write this book is because she wanted to write a book to open up the conversation and to just make people not only feel good about their money, but about money in general. Our pasts really do have a big impact on how we think, feel and manage our money as adults. Luckily, you can change all of that, as long as you own up to that past and become intentional with how you view and interact with money moving forward (and of course taking some of Kelley advice in her book!).
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/228
For this Money Minute episode, after much listener demand, I’m going to be sharing what is Wealthsimple’s new savings/chequing account Wealthsimple Cash all about, is it safe, and how does it compare to other high-interest savings accounts offered by Motive Financial, EQ Bank and LBC Digital.
FYI, Wealthsimple Cash is only available in Canada currently.
For this episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I have someone on who is making some major waves in the personal finance space – money writer, speaker and educator Amanda Holden (a.k.a. Dumpster Doggy). I’ve been following her on social media and reading her blog for a while now, but I was lucky enough to finally meet her this past fall at FinCon 2019. She has such a positive energy, it's no wonder she's been able to cultivate a community of super-engaged followers who want to empower themselves through financial literacy.
Amanda has such an amazing story too of how she decided to become a financial educator. She was first introduced to the world of finance when she starting working for an investment firm in San Francisco. But after a few years helping the rich get richer, she realized that was not the path for her. So, she started living extremely frugally (hence why she has the nickname Dumpster Doggy) to save up enough money to leave her job and travel around South America. On her travels, she realized what she was meant to do with her career – build a business that focused on educating young women about finance and investing. This led her to start her blog, Dumpster Dog Blog, and her business, Invested Development.
In this episode, Amanda shares some of her top investing tips, how she was able to live extremely frugally for so long (and doesn't regret it), and what #TRASHION is all about.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/227
What is RRSP season? And why is every bank, financial institution, robo-advisor and discount brokerage telling you "Quick, the deadline is looming! Don't forget to contribute to your RRSP before it's too late!"
That's because March 2, 2020 is the deadline for you to contribute to your RRSP to count towards the 2019 tax year (typically it's March 1, but this year March 1 is on a Sunday). So if you are trying to figure out to reduce your taxes owing for 2019, you may want to take this opportunity to contribute to your RRSP now before the deadline to use as a tax deduction when filing your 2019 taxes.
You hear all the time that these YouTubers started a channel just for fun, then a few years later…BAM they’re doing it full-time and raking in the dough! Is it true or is it just hype? Wanting to get to the bottom of this, for this episode of the podcast I talk to Marko Zlatic, the YouTuber behind the popular WhiteBoard Finance channel, to find out how he was able to quit his day job in finance to run his channel full-time in just a few years.
I was lucky enough to have met Marko at FinCon 2019, and I was shocked to learn later that his channel was huge! Not only that, the advice he gives in his video is actual quality, with tons of well-researched and explained videos. A rarity with all the click-bait hype channels that are really just trying to sell you something or promote some get-rich-quick dream.
So, how does he do it? Putting in the work for years without seeing a dollar, creating quality videos on topics people want the answers too, and of course, there’s the X factor that just makes him stand-out and keep his viewers coming back for more.
Besides chatting about his channel, we also discussed some of his tips from his top videos, such as how to not get scammed at the car dealership and how to survive the next recession. If you’re just getting into YouTube and are looking for some quality personal finance channels to follow, make sure to subscribe to WhiteBoard Finance (and why not my channel while you’re at it).
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/226
If there's one thing that grinds my gears it's when people use the wrong terminology! And people, journalists, even some financial experts keep saying this and it is WRONG:
"Save for retirement"
Nope. You can't. You cannot save for retirement. Because saving is the act of putting cash in a savings account, keeping it liquid, and earning very little interest. So stop saving for retirement, and instead start investing for retirement. Investing is the only way to build your wealth for retirement. So stop saying "save" and start saying "invest" for retirement, because it more accurately describes the steps you need to take to get to that $1 to $3 million dollars you'll probably need to retire by 65.
For this episode of the podcast, I interview someone who I’ve been getting a ton of requests by listeners to be on the show…Ben Felix! Not only is he a well-respected portfolio manager at PWL Capital with more letters behind his name than anyone I know, he is also the popular YouTuber behind the Common Sense Investing channel as well as the co-host of the Rational Reminder podcast.
Benjamin took a fairly unique path to the investing world. Whereas many guests I have on the show had a strong passion for personal finance early on, Ben first studied mechanical engineering before deciding to pivot and get his MBA in Finance (because it was the most difficult program offered at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business!).
While doing his MBA, he got the chance to work at an investment firm and soon realized the culture and strategies used by a traditional institution did not align with his own values and research. But before deciding to ditch the whole thing he was hired at PWL Capital, a firm with a fairly alternative approach to doing business, offering fiduciary advice and index fund portfolios to clients.
Ben started his career there in 2013, and has since become a strong advocate for financial literacy and educating Canadians about how they can take control of their investments through his podcast and YouTube channel. Specifically, he likes to explain the rationale behind why indexing is such a great (and increasingly popular) investment strategy, while also sharing research on alternative investing strategies such as factor-based investing.
Honestly, he is one of the few people out there who can actually explain complex ideas in a very easy to understand way. It’s no wonder he has over 80,000 YouTube subscribers and counting!
As mentioned on the podcast, make sure to check out his website RationalReminder.ca and his YouTube channel. There is so much amazing content on there, you’re sure to find yourself binging episodes and videos just like I have!
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/225