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.


The Empty Pickle Jar
Wed, 2014-12-17
Each Christmas I try and select one meaningful message to share.  For those who haven't seen the following, I hope you enjoy. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in...
Wed, 2014-12-03
  One of the most memorable retirement campaigns of the late 80's was Freedom 55.  Today, a handful of entrepreneurs, savers extraordinaire or those on the receiving end of a large...
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....