Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday December 20th, 2015 Free Financial Planning Seminars

In the New Year, the Thunder Bay Public Library will once again offer free financial seminars with Financial Advisor Kara Polson. From January to April, each month will focus on a different topic; starting a financial plan, mortgages, registered accounts, and insurance. There will also be time to answer questions about your own financial situation. These seminars are open to all ages. For more information go to or pick up a copy of TBPL’s winter edition of Connect.

Getting on the right financial path can have its challenges, but at the Thunder Bay Public Library you will find resources that can assist you with budgeting, investing, managing and saving your money. One title that continues to show up on lists of the top financial books to read is The Wealthy Barber: The common sense guide to successful financial planning by David Chilton. Chilton, a Canadian financial advisor, was part of the popular TV show Dragons’ Den. Written in the form of a novel, the financial advice is provided by barber Ray Miller, who shares his money managing strategies with others. If you find this book to be helpful, you may want to read Chilton’s second book, The Wealthy Barber Returns.

Also from the TV show Dragons’ Den, Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary has shared his financial knowledge in The Cold Hard Truth series. O’Leary wrote these books to provide readers with lessons on how to avoid money mistakes and manage money wisely.

Another popular Canadian financial advisor, who is also seen on TV, is Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Vaz-Oxlade has published a number of books including Never Too Late: Take control of your retirement and your future.  Her books provide financial advice for every stage of life, from learning to save money at a young age to preparing for your retirement.

To browse other resources on financial planning, you can search the library catalogue, which is an online list of everything that is available in the library. You can search the catalogue when you are visiting the library or from anywhere outside the library with an internet connection. Just go to catalogue automatically defaults to search by title, but this can be changed by clicking on the arrow and selecting another option from the dropped down menu. Try selecting the keyword option. Using this option is similar to doing a Google search; any words you type, a keyword search will search the entire catalogue and retrieve any items that contain those words. Try typing in words such as financial planning, money, investing, or budgeting. If you have any troubles finding information, just ask the friendly staff at your Thunder Bay Public Library and let us help you start a plan to reach your financial goals in 2016.

Lindsey Long

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