Saturday, October 17, 2015

2 Different paths; which one to take?

Thanks for all the comments ladies and gents!

I am finding that there are two distinct flavours readers prefer.

The first has to do with discussing our values and dreams and then applying concrete exercises like making your own balance sheet and income statement to help realize those values and dreams. Where are we now and where do we want to be. By analyzing these financial statements to see where the money is going, we can now re-route and deploy the funds more effectively as well as pump up the revenues (via increased value proposition) and decrease the expenses (discuss necessities vs. luxuries).

Next comes creating a budget and strategizing ways to stay within it.  As women, we think about things differently. There are things we are good at so let’s take those skillsets and apply them to the world of investments. In fact, studies are showing that women actually make better investors (see Globe and Mail article from October 16, 2015, ‘Men are from Mars, women make better investors) because of our natural tendency to be modest, keep things simple and being very analytical and reflective.

The second path readers discussed was increasing our financial literacy. In other words, women want to know how to become more financially savvy. If we open the pages of the financial newspaper, what does all of it mean? Everything from definitions of ETF’s and dividends to RRSPs, RESP’s and TFSAs. Of course, fees would have to go in this section as well. And let’s not forget taxes! Ugh. I’ll admit it. Even I don’t like to talk about that…but I must I suppose.

One really great suggestion was to discuss how capital markets serve society and the factors that go into play that we should we aware of when wanting to be more active with our portfolio. This, along with the application of financial jargon to everyday analogies, should round out part 2.

The question now is, which fork in the road do I start with? The first suggestion of more broad-based values/dreams and concrete strategies or the second suggestion of understanding the markets better so there are more tools in the financial toolkit?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Your help with a new idea PLEASE.

I was recently asked to speak at an event for a Social Club called Women Building Wealth. I spoke about the Stock Market in a very general sense. What it is and how it works. I tried to make it general and non-specific but what I realised while talking to this group of very talented and energetic women is that certain parts worked really well and certain other parts did not.

The parts that seemed to resonate were the actual ‘take-aways’ or ‘homework’ type suggestions that I threw at them.  I asked them to think about their values and write them down on a piece of paper. Then I suggested ways in which money can help them live their values. This part worked well. Then came the part that didn’t; I started to define the stock market, what it is and how it works. I lost them when I went into the definitions and types of products that are available in the field of finance.
It dawned on me, that there was a big gap that I needed to bridge to go from the values part and how money plays into these values, to the stock market or general investment knowledge part. How does someone who does not live and breathe the markets everyday (like me) begin this very harrowing prospect? The acronyms in finance are bad enough, and that is just the beginning!

So I have an idea. I want to Make money make sense for everyone! Would this be a valuable read for you or anyone in your circle of concern?

I need you to suggest what you would want to know when it comes to your finances. Is it understanding stock jargon? Is it understanding how to figure out your net worth? Or maybe create a budget for yourself? Is it figuring out fees or tax implications?

Please help me!! Let me know via comments here or on twitter or on fb or via my personal email! Any and all suggestions help.

I will compile a table of contents and write them and publish on here first!

Thanks J