As a former journalist, I have a healthy appetite for news and information. What I find most useful to me are pieces that help put events and changes into context – impart meaning, if you will. Sure, I like the catchy headlines and shocking visuals – who doesn’t? But for this blog, I want to share with you news and happenings that will hopefully help you better understand how investment fraud can claim victims. As well, I will look to share useful investing news and tips when I come upon them.
As a lawyer and a boomer approaching retirement, I have been a fairly active investor for the past 15 years or so, owning both individual stocks and bonds as well as mutual funds and ETFs. I am also a mother and want to make sure my son has enough money for post-secondary education and the knowledge to deal with money now that he is starting to work. I will bring this perspective to the blog. Hopefully I can also help you understand more complex investment products and pass along useful tools.
I used to practice magical thinking when it came to money, living a perfectly fulfilling life with only the haziest notion of my financial future. When my communications career led me to the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), I suddenly had the opportunity to think, write, and talk about investing matters every day. This gave me a special interest in helping people get more involved in their finances. Bad things very often do happen to good people and their finances, sometimes just because they lack basic financial literacy and sometimes because they don’t know what to ask or forget who (you!) should be in charge. If BCSC InvestRight can help you bridge the gap between what you know and what else you need to know to protect your financial interests, then it’s doing its job. And, if it is, please let us know.
I’ve been interested in money ever since my grandmother helped me open my very first savings account when I was six years old. I quickly learned money is an important factor of life, and like many investors, I want to achieve financial security. As a millennial juggling several responsibilities, I’m interested in making my money work for me with as little effort as possible while paying as little in fees as possible. This is the perspective I will bring to the blog.
As a father and mid-career professional, I watch my investments and the financial markets closely. Like all parents, I want to be able to help my children meet their financial and educational goals. However, I also know that my partner and I need to be diligent about saving for our retirement. It is tough to strike a balance, but we are doing our best. I look forward to bringing this perspective to the blog, along with my keen interest in digital media and the impact it is having on how people interact and invest.
I started earning money and becoming aware of investing during the 2008 financial crisis. Later, like most millennials, I tried to make sense of these sorts of global crises while navigating post-secondary education and the job market. These days I’m constantly blending a focus on financial affairs with my interests in social media, fintech, and digital communications.
Please note: former staff who blogged for BCSC InvestRight and no longer work at the BCSC have had their biographies omitted.