Weekend Reading: Tedx Talks Edition

I’ve been watching a lot of Tedx Talks recently on topics ranging from big picture issues like gun control and environmental concerns to more general ideas about business, technology, sports and entertainment.

I was excited to see that Preet Banerjee, who writes for the Globe and Mail and hosts Million Dollar Neighborhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network, was invited to give a Tedx Talk on personal finance and debt.

Preet’s talk is called, How 2.5 billion heartbeats might change the way you think about money.  Check it out:

I liked how Preet explained the impact of inflation with the example of asking your parents how much they spent on their first house and then how much they spent on their last car.  Chances are, the two numbers are very close.

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Weekend Reading:

Here are some more great personal finance articles for you to enjoy this weekend:

  1. Money Mamba shares Warren Buffett’s secret from the Heinz deal
  2. Dan Hallett weighs in on the active versus passive investing debate
  3. Kevin Press says your province’s budget is about to get interesting
  4. Million Dollar Journey does a case study on your optimal RRSP/TFSA contributions
  5. Canadian Couch Potato muses the markets being scary whether they’re up or down 
  6. Retire Happy Blog explains why you should celebrate your financial accomplishments
  7. My Own Advisor looks at when to transition to owning ETFs and stocks
  8. Big Cajun Man got a call from TD about his RDSP posts
  9. She Thinks I’m Cheap says your time, skills and health are 3 areas that need investment
  10. Timeless Finance looks at putting a price on love
  11. Young And Thrifty lists some expenses to consider when selling your home
  12. Money Smarts Blog asks should I have an open house when selling my house?
  13. Financial Crooks looks at choosing a long term RRSP investment account
  14. Squawk Fox says to watch out for silly credit card fees
  15. Rewards Cards Canada compares the top cash back credit cards

Have a great weekend, everyone!


9 Responses to Weekend Reading: Tedx Talks Edition

  1. Joe says:

    Preet gave a terrific TED talk. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the inclusion, Preet’s chat is quite good as well. As for TD sleuthing out my true identity, I forgot to have the alternate bat cave set up…

  3. I’m a huge TED addict Rob! Preet just seems to be gaining more and more momentum eh? Good for that guy, great presentation.

    Thanks as always for including us this week.

  4. Kevin Press says:

    Thanks for the link Robb. K.

  5. Mike Holman says:

    Thanks for the mention. Preet’s talk was quite good. I think I used up about 1,000 heartbeats watching it. :)

  6. NormaK says:

    Thanks for the link to Preet’s Tedx talk. I agree that ‘debt’ is a new four-letter word! I learned frugality from my depression-raised parents who paid cash for everything, including vehicles. I strayed from their teaching with my first credit card; charged it to it’s maximum of $350! Yes,that’s three hundred and fifty dollars, in 1987!! Noticed the accumulating interest, paid it off over two months, and have NOT carried any credit card balance since. Thanks for allowing me the trip down memory lane!! lol

  7. TED talks have been great for providing invaluable insights to various topics. I like the one about how the rich are NOT job creators. Great stuff.

  8. Bet Crooks says:

    I found it interesting how much the carrying cost of %5000 of credit card debt is over the years. And it’s probably true that many people pay it down, then spend it up to the limit again, carry it for a while, pay it down, and repeat. Perhaps it’s too bad they invented “credit” cards that allow you to carry a balance instead of demanding payment in full.

    And many thanks for mentioning my post. It’s very kind of you.

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