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.


Wed, 2014-02-26
$200 Billion Buoyed by strong returns across all sectors this is the latest estimate of what the Canada Pension Plan is currently worth. It's big, it's prominent and it is run by a large and...
RRSP Refresher
Wed, 2014-02-12
Gordon Pape calls them the "ultimate wealth builder."   I agree.  The RRSP accomplishes 3 primary goals.  Immediate tax deferral, tax-sheltered growth and control over how that...
The Loonie
Wed, 2014-01-29
The Canadian dollar vis-a-vis the US dollar has lost some ground of recent.  Well, quite a bit actually. The first sentiment of a high dollar is national pride.   We are better than...
Doctors Orders
Wed, 2014-01-15
The Doctor looked at the chart and then glanced at the patient up and down.  "Good news," he said.  "I want you to continue to eat exactly what you've been eating.  Fill your plate...
The Christmas Spirit
Wed, 2013-12-18
I'm a traditionalist.  I still say Merry Christmas and send out cards saying the same.  Yes, I know not everyone celebrates December 25 in the same way. Western society has many holidays...
Empty Nest
Wed, 2013-12-11
We put the youngest of our children on a plane week before last.  Destination, Grande Prairie.  Campbell River is the only home he has ever known and he was fully-employed. Still, the...