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- Rob Carrick  shares links about financial planning for natural disasters.
- Money Sense Magazine talks about a recent Morningstar report  that shows how expensive mutual fund fees in Canada are compared to the rest of the world. Michael James  and Jon Chevreau both weighted on the topic as well.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade  shares some green savings tips for the frugal and eco friendly. It’s a short list and most of the items are pretty straight forward but Gail also points out an ethical deals site out of B.C.
- Young & Thrifty  offers a guess what I bought in my TFSA? The only problem I see is that the withholding tax on some of the foreign securities may be a problem because they cannot be recovered under the foreign tax credit regime.
- The Dividend Guy had a conversation with a stock broker who swore he could predict the future and that timing the market is an effective trading strategy. If you are a buy and hold investor with a long-term perspective, then market timing is meanness. In fact, asset allocation is the single most important determining factor of a portfolio’s performance.
- Kerry Taylor  discusses the pros and cons of working for free. She also links to a visual guide to use if you are considering working for free.
- Jim Yih  considers whether a child’s allowance should be tied to chores. I can say from experience, that we have been on both sides of the equation and have had some success and some failures. I recall my 8 year old son saying that he didn’t care if I wasn’t going to pay him … he didn’t want to do the dishes.
- Mike Holman of Money Smarts  writes about the different types of financial advisors you will find and how to choose the best one for you.
- BigCajunMan  is provides a rather funny account of what Charlie Sheen taught him about money.
- Canadian Capitalist  warns you to keep your Aeroplan account active. Areoplan and many other rewards programs expire over time and you may have to use them or lose them.
- Toronto Estate Law Blog tells us not to ignore your funeral arrangements.
Top 5 Articles From The Last Week
- Moving An IRA or 401(k) to Canada
- TFSA & Non-Resident Withholding Taxes 
- What is income splitting? 
- Cash Out Your RRSP And Pay Down Debt? 
- What Happens To My RRSP When I Turn 71? 
Special thanks to those of you who contributed to the discussions at CTR.
- Jimmy on Working In Another Province 
- Nora on The Income Splitting Rules 
- Richard on How Much Can I Contribute To My RRSP? 
- Kaeota on Understanding TFSA Contribution Room 
- Joel on RRSP Over Contribution & Decline In Market Value 
Have a great weekend.