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    Senior Member FrugalTrader's Avatar
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    Smile Introduce Yourself!

    I thought I would start a thread so that we can get to know a little about the contributing community.

    I'll kick things off. I am FrugalTrader (twitter), the blogger behind Million Dollar Journey and co-founder of Canadian Money Forum. To say the least, I am a personal finance and investing enthusiast who is on a journey to financial freedom.

    Tell me a little about you!
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    Great idea FT.

    I'm the blogger behind Canadian Capitalist and the other founder of this forum. I've been a finance enthusiast for many years now and am passionate about helping other Canadians in their quest for financial success.

    I'm an electrical engineer / software developer at my day job and live in Ottawa with my wife and three kids. I don't get to devote too much time to my other pursuits these days but my hobbies include photography, astronomy, hiking, bicycling, snow shoeing etc.
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    Preet from WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com

    I'm Preet and I'm the blogger behind WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com.

    I used to be a financial planner and stockbroker, used mostly ETFs and index mutual funds and offered investors the choice of by-the-hour, fee-based and transactional fee structures. Once I realized how rare that was, I realized I had bigger fish to fry. Now I'm working on the institutional (and retail, really) sell-side for an index fund manufacturer.

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    I'm a 30 year IT professional who is getting married this summer. We own a condo in Toronto. I'm a bit a foodie and spend my time trying to taste new and exotic foods at various restaurants. I also enjoy traveling, sports, and cooking.

    I recently started a blog called My Findependence Day. It focuses on personal finance and I hope it will help focus my thoughts and hash out a retirement plan for us.
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    I'm Jonathan Chevreau, financial columnist with the National Post and author of Findependence Day, a financial novel that was published by Power Publishers in October 2008. See www.financialpost.com/fd

    I wrote a non-fiction book in 1998 called The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds, which spawned a magazine of the same name [now defunct but like Zoomer magazine today]. The book also led to an early financial discussion forum called The Wealthy Boomer, which ran from 1999 to 2005. For various reasons, it faded away [see the novel for some hints] and it morphed into The Wealthy Boomer blog housed at the Financial Post web site: www.wealthyboomer.ca.

    Apart from a Saturday column in the paper and mid-week ones that may appear in the Post or various Canwest dailies, I do the Wealthy Boomer video interview. Preet has been one of my guests and I hope we can do more with other members and founders of this forum.

    I'm new to Twitter [as JonChevreau] and am on LinkedIn. I wish the founders of this forum the best of luck: I sure don't want ever to have to moderate a discussion forum in my lifetime again but appreciate the fact that others are willing to take it on. Done right, you can achieve much good.

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    Excellent idea FT.

    Hi! I'm Tim the blogger behind Canadian Dream:Free at 45 and as you can tell by the blog name I want to be at least semi-retired by 45. Realistic? I hope so, but life happens so if I miss it by a few years I won't be too upset. After all, my other focus on the blog is being happy.

    I'm married with two boys and living in Regina, SK.
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    Hello, I am the moneygardener. I just turned 30 and I live in Brantford, Ontario with my wife and 15 month old son. I enjoy personal finance, investing, & following the stock market & the business world.

    My hobbies include the 3 R's; running, reading, and red wine. At this very moment my hobby most days is playing "soccer" in the basement with my son who just does a lot of carrying around balls & laughing.
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    only PF bloggers?

    Hmm... I'll break the trend of PF bloggers posting (maybe this means I should start my own ).

    30 year old - married for 3.5 years
    Work in biotech.
    I enjoy 'studying' PF because I'm sick and tired of getting the same sh*ty returns - and paying for it.

    My favoruite past time is photography.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59599310@N00/

    I'm very happy to be able to participate in these communities. For the most part, everyone is respectful, and it seems that everyone just wants to increase the general knowlege pool - very altruistic.

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    I am 37 and work in the financial services industry. I do not have a blog, but have been a long time reader of most of the blogs mentioned above. I really don't know where you people find the time to write your blogs.

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    Man, I was beginning to feel inadequate without a blog, but I'm reassured by the last 2 posts. Never really had the inclination for it and I particularly despised having to keep a personal journal back in highschool english.

    Anyway, I'm a 41 yr old CAD operator specializing in structural and architectural dwgs. I was worried about possible construction slowdowns affecting my work but, to the contrary, our office has seen a real uptick in requests to quote. I think lots of people in the industry are looking forward to the upcoming stimulus spending.

    Due to some instability in my personal life as well as saving for a home purchase (closed early last summer), I was heavily invested in bonds and GICs. When the time came, I also withdrew 20 grand from my RRSP mutual funds under the CMHC home buyer plan towards a 20% conventional mortgage downpayment. As a result, I was well-positioned to weather the market crash this past fall.

    However, dodging that bullet was a bit of a wake-up call to pay more attention to my finances. This lead me to start reading most of your blogs above and I look forward to learning more from those blogs and this forum.

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