We spent the last few days in Canmore / Banff enjoying the breathtaking scenery in Kananaskis Country and the Rocky Mountains. The kids loved Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Banff Springs and the highlight of our trip was taking the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain to check out the 360-degree observation deck, stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk (2,900 feet above Banff), and explore the Above Banff Interpretive Centre.

It was a good time to visit as we arrived at the end of ski-season but before the tourist season starts to ramp up. That meant getting half price on near-luxury accommodations, which included spectacular views like this:

Rocky Mountain Edition

This Week’s Recap:

Have you considered a no-spending challenge? Marie explains how this exercise could change your spending habits.

From the Boomer & Echo mailbag we look at the role of fixed income in your portfolio.

Weekend Reading:

CBC Go Public told us about the aggressive sales culture that is rampant at Canada’s big banks. Now the investigative team looks into the investment side of the business and reveals how lax laws put your financial interests last.

Maybe you should ask your advisor what’s in their RRSP?

Sure, stocks are overvalued. Now what? Ben Carlson gives five options for wary investors.

Michael James explains how, after an eight-year bull market, your lizard brain might believe that the stock market only goes up.

Pre-retirees seeking safe investments can’t avoid risk:

“The problem with the words ‘safe’ and ‘conservative’ is that they have different meanings to different people.”

The ‘glide path’ is when you wind down your career slowly. Here are the financial implications.

Turning 71? It can be a pivotal year if you’re still working.

If you still have time, you should consider RRSP withdrawals before age 71. Jason Heath explains everything you can do with your RRSP at age 71.

How to become a super-ager: A guide to aging well.

Melissa Leong on how to spend your money and increase your happiness.

This 75-year-old Harvard study found the one secret to leading a fulfilling life. Here’s some wisdom gleaned from one of the longest longitudinal studies ever conducted.

The Retirement Manifesto on how to move your retirement from good to great.

An American focus, but still important points to consider: Retirement planning when there’s an age gap.

Download a free practical guide from CPA that focuses on how to deal with the financial stress and emotional shock of losing a job.

Mark Seed explains how he built his dividend portfolio.

Million Dollar Journey explains where to find dividend data for your portfolio.

Barry Choi gets personal with an in-depth look at how much In Vitro Fertilization costs. Congrats to Barry and his wife, who are expecting their first child in July!

The psychology of a cranky trip to Costco:

“The battle for a parking spot, the lineups outside the store, the oversized carts clogging up the aisles — it’s enough to put even the most seasoned Costco shopper on edge. Yet they are willing to buy a membership just to shop there.”

A useful resource from Jessica Moorhouse who uncovered 14 free chequing accounts in Canada for people who hate fees.

As real estate speculation hits a new peak, some Toronto homeowners are taking their profits and looking elsewhere.

Finally, Westjet is taking the leap into no-frills flying – launching an ultra-low-cost carrier later this year.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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