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Rates Cuts, New Look, and Other Links

The New Look 

For the readers who visit the site often, you may have noticed that MDJ has gone through a face lift.  The goal of the new design is to have the same features as the old layout, but with a cleaner feel.  What do you think of the new look?  Have you noticed any bugs? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  

Another Rate Cut 

The Bank of Canada has made another drastic cut to interest rates, this time, by another 0.50%!  This is a great time to be a variable rate mortgage holder as more of your payment is going towards principle. 

The general bias for now is that the economic downturn will last about 2 years and that there should be more rate cuts to come.  Maybe we live in a bubble on the east coast of Canada, but have you noticed the "economic downturn"?  I sure haven't.

Other Links

The Restaurant Blogger tells us about some of the crazy benefits that restaurant managers get from the big name franchises.  Looks like I'm in the wrong field!

Canadian Capitalist shows us that investing in the "Dogs of the Dow" may not be as lucrative as we might think.

Canadian Dream has an excellent article explaining the key to early retirement.

Four Pillars and WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo gets into an analysis of RRSPs for Younger Investors.

The Financial Blogger comes up with another new theory.  This one he calls "The Financial Chaos Theory".

Thicken My Wallet teams up with Canadian Mortgage Trends to bring you an article that explains an insiders view of mortgages and how they work.

Middle Class Millionaire explains how to calculate the adjusted cost base when you get Return of Capital (ROC) as a distribution.  For further reading, we've written about how the calculate the adjusted cost base when making multiple purchases over a long period of time.

More weekend reading tomorrow! 

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  • The Financial Blogger April 25, 2008, 8:18 am

    Thx for the mention!

    I would says that I am not used to your new design yet. I’m just not too sure about the 2 columns side by side on the right…

    No bugs detected though :-D

  • Four Pillars April 25, 2008, 9:31 am

    I like your new design, it does look cleaner.

    Thanks for the link and the all-Canadian roundup!

    Mike

  • JR April 25, 2008, 10:16 am

    FT:

    I dont see it here, is there any easy way to look for all or any posts by an individual that have made posted comments or even as guest posts?

    If I am trying to follow a particular thread and/or a commentor, I just cant seem to access this easily or even rememeber certain thread titles (really bad memory) unless I write it down.

    Thanks

  • FrugalTrader April 25, 2008, 10:24 am

    JR, you can subscribe to the individual comment threads if you like. That will send you an email whenever anyone leaves a comment in that particular blog post.

    Simply click on the blog post that interests you, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email at the very bottom field.

  • JR April 25, 2008, 10:28 am

    FT, thanks, but it was more finding all posts by an individual, such as InvestorX, Four Pillars etc without back-forward tracking through emails notice.

    Some blogs and Financial Forums have the feature. By simply typing in the persons ID you can find all posts by that person

    Can you do this here?

    • FrugalTrader April 25, 2008, 10:35 am

      JR, unfortunately, you can’t search by commenter in this blog software. I will take a look around for a plugin that will allow you to do that.

      Which blogs have the feature that you’re looking for?

  • JR April 25, 2008, 10:35 am

    On interest rates, story this morning on Reuters predicting another rate cut in June… Has the world gone mad!

    “Reuters
    Published: Friday, April 25, 2008
    TORONTO — Canada’s primary securities dealers unanimously predicted on Thursday that the Bank of Canada will cut its key overnight rate in June, but after that most are calling for a pause in the easing cycle.

    That is consistent with a Reuters poll taken last week after key inflation data and ahead of the Bank of Canada’s expected 50-basis-point rate cut Tuesday.

    Eleven of Canada’s 12 dealers, surveyed by Reuters, expect Canada’s central bank to lower its key interest rate to 2.75 per cent from 3 per cent at its next fixed announcement date on June 10. One expects a 50-basis-point rate cut to 2.50 per cent.”

  • Duncan April 25, 2008, 11:04 am

    Rate Cuts
    These cuts are designed to increase liquidity in our financial system in an environment where banks are still reluctant to lend to one another. The slow down they speak of has thus far mostly impacted the USA. Canadian manufacturers are already feeling the squeeze of the weak US dollar and rising oil/fuel prices and will be further impacted as the US decrease their spending and exports drop. The real estate markets have slowed nationally in Canada and US owned companies like Dell, Steelcase and GM have already closed down or substantially reduced the workforce in several Canadian based subsidiaries. It will be at least a couple of years until the US economy picks up, thus Canada their largest trading partner is anticipating to bunker down and wait it out.

  • Chuck April 25, 2008, 11:05 am

    One thing I liked from the old format was the way you displayed the date of the articles. I don’t like the small font on the new display. I just don’t notice the date on the articles now which makes it harder for me to connect with them.

    However I’m fine with the rest of the format changes.

  • Canadian Capitalist April 25, 2008, 11:11 am

    Thanks for the link. I like the new look better. Have a nice weekend!

  • FrugalTrader April 25, 2008, 11:29 am

    Thanks for the feedback thus far guys. Chuck, instead of the grey font color of the date, I changed it to black so that it’s more noticeable. Is that better?

  • Canadian Dream April 25, 2008, 11:38 am

    Thanks for the link FT. Have a great weekend.

  • Geoff April 25, 2008, 12:00 pm

    More rate cuts!

    I guess the BoC is trying to help stop the natural reflex of market forces. Time will tell if its adding gas to the fire

  • WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com April 25, 2008, 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the link FT! I like the new layout, seems faster too.

  • FinancialJungle April 25, 2008, 2:07 pm

    The website feels faster.

  • Mike April 25, 2008, 3:20 pm

    The changes are nice but I think you need to add some color (maybe background shading). All the text seems to run together.

    The site is also not consistant. Left and right columns on the home page and then 2 right hand columns on inside pages.

  • ThickenMyWallet April 25, 2008, 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the link. As I mentioned before, like the new look. Its much cleaner and easier on the eyes.

  • Caitlin @ C³ April 25, 2008, 4:22 pm

    I have to agree with Mike about how the layout should be consistent. The columns should be in the same locations on the main page and on the internal pages.

  • FrugalTrader April 25, 2008, 4:26 pm

    Good point about the consistency. Which layout do you like better? Left sidebar, or the sidebars all on the right?

  • JR April 25, 2008, 4:45 pm

    FT:

    The board is already full as it is, however I like posts to the left, advertising to the right

    Don’t like centre information with adverts each side

    One other idea to save on space and crowding, why not just have a headline of new posts or threads e.g. New Look, Another rate cut, Link.

    Then a click on the thread name would open it.

    You could then bundle all of your advertisers across the top of the page.

    Links should also be a tab, with a click to view all links.

    At some point, it would then look friendly, possibly be a white background, advertisers at the top, links underneath a search bar in the centre…

    Oops, just thought, it would look like a Google home page Eck!

  • FrugalTrader April 25, 2008, 4:54 pm

    JR, another great idea, but I believe blog readers prefer to read whole posts instead of headlines/excerpts.

  • Jacoline Loewen April 25, 2008, 5:15 pm

    I like the look of your blog.

  • Sarlock April 26, 2008, 12:24 am

    I like the new layout… definitely cleaner. Still seems a bit too busy, though.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the Fed does next week… whether a 0.25 or 0.5 drop.

    I live in Alberta, so we certainly haven’t felt any slowdown… at least not yet. With oil at $120 per barrel, I doubt we will for a while.

  • TrendFollowing April 26, 2008, 2:46 pm

    With 80% of total exports to US, Canada have no choice but to stimulate his economy. Otherwise the impact of a US slowdown can negatively affect the Canadian economy.

  • guinness416 April 27, 2008, 10:47 pm

    Late to the party as usual, but the site looks much, much better. White is good for aging eyes!

  • Victor May 9, 2008, 11:29 am

    For any tax/RRSP experts out there, I’m curious about something. 2007 tax returns ask for RRSP contributions on two lines:

    March 2, 2007, to December 31, 2007
    January 1, 2008, to February 29, 2008

    Why do they split them this way? Is there any benefit to purchasing during one period or another?

    Thank you!

  • FT FrugalTrader May 9, 2008, 11:38 am

    Victor, I think they split it up that way b/c you can choose to use the 2008 portion for your 2007 tax return OR keep it for next year (2008).

    Feb 29, 2008 was the RRSP contribution deadline for tax year 2007.

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