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John Robertson

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Blessed by the Potato
Real Estate, Canadian
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Concussions are no joke. The more research we do, the more caution it seems we should be taking. We’re learning about the dangers of second impacts, and concussion protocols are more common in lots of sports, and after a suspected concussion players are getting benched more consistently. Helmets for more and more things are becoming […] The post Head Protection for Curling & Skating appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Nov 08 2018 @ 3:55 AM
For the longest time, TD Direct Investing was the only game in town if you wanted to invest in a low-cost way in an RDSP. Big Cajun Man detailed the quirks of these accounts (and has provided lots of info on RDSPs in general). Fortunately, there’s some competition now: National Bank Direct Brokerage is now […] The post New RDSP Options appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 10:53 PM
Let’s make it clear up front that I like robo-advisors as an investing solution for many people — lots of people might save money learning how to DIY, but that is certainly not for everyone. One lingering point of uncertainty was how they would deal with taxable (or “non-registered”) investment accounts. Once you’re out of […] The post Robo-advisors and Taxable Accounts appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Oct 25 2018 @ 10:51 PM
I’m a big advocate of keeping your portfolio simple and easy to manage. As I was doing laundry and found, yet again, that I’d left a Kleenex in the pocket of a pair of pants and had to pick out little bits of fluff, it got me thinking of this. It’s so easy to over-estimate […] The post That Kleenex in the Wash appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Oct 17 2018 @ 5:46 PM
On August 29th my pants fell down while walking around the living room. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty good about my weight loss this quarter. After the last update, a few things came together and I finally just did the thing I knew I had to be doing all along (but didn’t because it was […] The post Never Weight — Q3-18 update appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Oct 01 2018 @ 8:55 AM
All summer Blueberry has wanted to set up a lemonade stand. We finally got one set up this weekend. Lots of lessons in setting up a stand. We didn’t get into the cost of goods sold or turning a profit — all the supplies were donated by us. A big one was about expectations: we […] The post Lemonade Lessons appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Sep 17 2018 @ 11:20 PM
My dad has read Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, which discusses the suffering that people can experience near the end of their lives — particularly the suffering of medical treatments to extend those lives. There was no question about having surgery to remove his tumour — the cost-benefit there was huge (esp. as it had sent […] The post How to Discuss Uncertainty: Cancer Edition appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Sep 09 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Following my dad’s surgery for the big C, the standard of care is to give 12 cycles of chemotherapy to kill any cancerous cells that may be out there and help prevent the cancer from spreading or coming back. He had chemo just over a decade ago, and it is not a fun time, so […] The post Decisions in Bad Times appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Sep 09 2018 @ 12:28 AM
In case you’re not familiar with the commencement speech/excerpt from Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard Feynman describes South Sea Cargo Cults following WWII: “During the war they saw airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put […] The post Cargo Cult Adulting appeared first on Blessed by the Potato. ...
Posted: Aug 14 2018 @ 2:42 AM
There are a lot of things in the world to potentially research. Even just restricting the conversation to investing, there are a lot of potential avenues to put your money to work. However, you don’t have to have an opinion on everything. I was on Tom’s podcast recently, and he threw me some questions on […] The post You Don’t Have to Have an Opinion appeared first on Blessed by the ...
Posted: Aug 12 2018 @ 3:21 AM


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