It was a sobering week for crypto bros, as one more epic collapse has uncovered the supposed “future of cash” as little greater than a home of playing cards. Crypto buying and selling platform FTX, which landed excessive profile partnerships with the likes of Tom Brady and Steph Curry, and signed a $135M settlement with the Miami Warmth to rename their area, filed for chapter on Friday.

This comes lower than 4 months after main crypto lender Celsius Community filed for chapter, and fewer than six months after the collapse of main tokens terraUSD and luna.

Precisely one 12 months in the past (Nov 12, 2021) Bitcoin reached an all-time excessive of $80,827 CAD. At the moment, one coin is price $21,118 – a 74% decline from its heights.

Ethereum (or Ether), the second hottest digital coin, reached a peak of $5,829 CAD on the identical time final 12 months. At the moment it trades at $1,583 – the same 73% decline in worth.

The house is so rampant with fraudulent exercise and unhealthy actors it makes the characters and occasions described in The Massive Brief seem like choir boys working a small-time grift.

For normal traders, it’s a story as previous as time. It’s known as the Higher Idiot Principle. Asset soar in worth, past any smart metric or fundamentals. Traders pile in, pondering they will nonetheless generate income so long as there’s a “better idiot” behind them prepared to purchase at even increased ranges. Quickly, we run out of consumers and the worth plummets.

The affordable takeaway is to keep away from this house. That features mainstream cash like Bitcoin and Ether. That features NFTs. That features so-called steady cash and crypto financial savings accounts promising excessive returns. It’s fairly probably all a Fugazi:

This Week’s Recap:

No posts from me this week, however I obtained quite a lot of good responses to my Grasp Checklist of Monetary Targets put up final week. I hope that has helped you consider your personal monetary objectives and the right way to help that imaginative and prescient of your life.

It’s additionally well timed to re-share this put up on the difficulty with GICs. U.S. inflation numbers got here in decrease than anticipated this month, and the S&P 500 responded with a large 5.54% improve in a single day.

Promo of the Week:

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*Notice that I just lately redeemed Aeroplan miles for 4 enterprise class tickets from Calgary to Rome. The tickets would have price a whopping $33,000 in money, which suggests I acquired an unbelievable 10.5 cents per mile worth out of these Aeroplan miles.

You’ll additionally get lodge perks and airport lounge entry.

The $499 annual price could also be tax deductible as a enterprise expense.

Weekend Studying:

We’re beginning to get into Christmas mode now, however with a possible home sale on the horizon we’re on the lookout for methods to simplify issues this vacation season. I acquired some inspiration from a minimalism weblog – 69 festive minimalism suggestions for an easier Christmas.

Journey skilled Barry Choi opinions the American Categorical Aeroplan Reserve Card – it’s one in all our go-to playing cards for journey.

Extra on the FTX collapse, which wiped-out the founder’s complete $16B fortune.

Right here’s Mike Drak on why we have to shift from conventional retirement planning, which focuses solely on how a lot a person wants in retirement, to longevity planning, which incorporates the customarily ignored non-financial features of retirement.

My Personal Advisor Mark Seed takes a have a look at the price of elder care in Canada:

“The vary I recommend is $1500 to $4000 per thirty days for eldercare prices, which incorporates all the things from private care, companionship, house upkeep (exterior and inner), private response techniques, house and private adaptation equipment and transportation. The decrease finish of the vary is for people with lighter wants (and certain a household caregiver close by or a pair the place one is caring for the opposite) and the upper finish is for extra complicated wants and/or frailer seniors dwelling alone.”

Fred Vettese has been writing up a storm on the Globe and Mail about CPP and OAS. The primary is about what the growth of CPP will imply for our retirement (subs). Notice, it can take greater than 40 years earlier than the growth is totally phased in.

Subsequent, listed here are two ways in which retirees who haven’t lived in Canada that lengthy can improve their OAS advantages (subs). Should you can’t entry the article, the gist is that by ready till 70 to take OAS you may improve both your “residency-adjustment” or your “age-adjustment” (however not each).

Jason Heath says it could be essential or advisable to withdraw out of your RRSP in your 60s. Right here’s why (and the way a lot it’s best to take).

The all the time intelligent and artistic Andrew Hallam explains what the psychology of rats can train you about lump sum investing.

A query I’m seeing an increasing number of. Ought to shoppers use house fairness to assist fund retirement?

A Wealth of Frequent Sense blogger Ben Carlson explains how it’s best to select your asset allocation.

I actually loved this piece from Rob Carrick on the proper issues a brutally trustworthy advisor would inform you about charges, returns, and extra (subs):

“You know the way we informed you that prudent portfolio diversification is the trail to long-term investing success? Shaggy dog story. These bonds and bond funds we put in your portfolio for stability dropped like a rock. Sorry about that, chief. Investing means getting punched within the face once in a while, whilst you retain progressing towards assembly your long-term monetary objectives.”

Lastly, everyone knows rates of interest had been sky excessive within the Eighties. However are Canadians worse off financially now than they had been again then? The reply could shock you.

Have an incredible weekend, everybody!

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