Planning Matter$

The following 100 plus published articles, all written by Murray, now appear regularly in the Business Gazette which serves Campbell River and the Comox Valley.  Formerly, his Planning Matter$ bi-weekly column was a popular feature in the Campbell River Courier-Islander newspaper until their corporate takeover by Black Press in April 2015.  While they summarize general economic and financial planning principles, they should not be considered a replacement to advice tailored to your circumstances.


Cash is King
Wed, 2014-11-19
As a good friend and successful investor once told me, "better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it."  I recall the comment was for insurance but it seems appropriate here. In...
10 Questions to Ask Your Planner
Wed, 2014-11-05
  How do you prepare for an interview with a financial professional and more importantly, what questions should you ask? A first meeting should involve the planner asking the majority of the...
Snowbird Part 2
Wed, 2014-10-22
With the loonie trading below the 90 cent range it will be a more expensive year for those who haven't hedged their bets by also owning U.S. dollars.  At some point you may find convenience in...
Snowbird-Part 1
Wed, 2014-10-08
Not the Anne Murray song nor the southern migration of a bird of flight.  Rather, the term commonly associated with border crossing Canadians in search of sun for a good part of the year....
Benefits of Investment Counsel Firms
Wed, 2014-09-24
Once reserved for only the wealthy, access to investment counsel firms have become more commonplace in recent years. At minimum, one requires obtaining a Portfolio Manager designation or similar and...
10 Things You Can Do Today
Wed, 2014-09-10
Many will remember the tv commercial of the mechanic who looks up at the owner of a car and says, "you can pay me now or you can pay me later." The commercial was for Fram and the inference was that...