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8 months ago

Retiring within 5 years? Some things to do

Royce Shook · If you’re within five years of retiring, now is a good time to review your plans for retirement. But five years away, you can see retirement with greater clarity. It’s a good time to review your retirement goals and dreams. · Whether you’re planning extensive world travel or eage ...

9 months ago

Government and Ageism

Royce Shook · Interesting stats about seniors in Canada according to the government, prove that ageism exists and is practiced by the government. · In an earlier post, I said that I thought that the increase in the pension for seniors in Canada over 75 was unfair to those seniors under 75. · I ...

11 months ago
1 year ago

A research review of seniors, isolation, and best practices in service provision

Royce Shook · There is no doubt that while the need for and benefits of social connections and inclusion are clear for seniors, there are considerations in providing services to this group. A literature review that was part of a study on seniors and the impacts of leisure activity12 highlighte ...

1 year ago


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1 year ago


Jim Murray · I am actually old enough to remember when some countries were governed by a consensus of fair-minded people on the left and on the right. ·   These people, despite their ideological differences, were able to listen to opposing points of view and incorporate the best ideas from bo ...

1 year ago


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1 year ago
1 year ago

Smart Leaders Play the Long Game

Jim Taggart · We live in the age of instant gratification. We want it now as consumers—hence the exponential growth of credit since the 1960s, whether in credit cards, conditional sales contracts, automotive loans or mortgages. And when it comes to business, the mindset of short-term financial ...

2 years ago

Post from Jim Murray

Jim Murray · See these clowns? They are zealots of the word kind masquerading as Islamic fundamentalists. They have taken over a country that is rich in minerals and are now selling them off to enrich themselves, and keep the most regressive kind of government imaginable alive and kicking. Th ...

2 years ago


Royce Shook ·  I met an anti-vaccer for the first time a few days ago and listened to why he was against getting a vaccine. None of his arguments made any sense but had enough plausibility to make some sense. He was a strong believer in his position and I could not sway him by presenting the t ...

2 years ago

Leading Through Mutual Commitment, Not Compliance

Jim Taggart · I was a young greenhorn economist with just a tad of related work experience. I’d worked in consumer lending after college for two years, but had grown disgusted with the countless hours I had to spend collecting loan arrears, knocking on doors and harassing single moms. So it wa ...

3 years ago

Are you afraid of the stock market?

Royce Shook · The following is from an article called "Fear of a stock market crisis is preying on the 'pension freedom' generation living on their investments" by Tanya Jefferies for thisisMoney.co.uk · The cost of living, a stock market crisis and running out of money are dominant financial ...

4 years ago

Initiatives to reduce isolation 2

Royce Shook · Governments funding of programs for seniors is not enough, which means many of the programs are underutilized because of a lack of awareness. These services move frequently and change service providers who have to promote their services and when they do they change the name so se ...

4 years ago

Are you ready to retire?

Royce Shook · The Government of Canada took a look at this question and came up with some interesting facts in a study published here. Below are some interesting points raised but for the entire study follow the link. · In 2014, two-thirds of individuals aged 25 to 34 reported that they were f ...

4 years ago

Are You a Quick Change Artist?

Jim Taggart · Do you like the status quo? Where you can maintain your routine at work, keep the co-workers you like, as well as a boss? If you answered yes then here’s a surprise for you: you’re living on some distant planet. · Stability in the workplace was more a feature of when my late dad ...

5 years ago

Top excuses for not saving for retirement

Royce Shook · K.I.S.S. Keep it simple smart, is something we don’t do when thinking about retirement. I just received an email from an investment firm that had the topic line “The top ten retirement planning excuses”. My first thought was, I wonder if there were the any of the excuses I used w ...

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