I don’t know about you, but 2012 flew by – faster than an F18 Hornet for me. But then again that’s just me. Either way I wanted to do a quick recap of 2012 with event’s that not only happened to me personally, but the events which occurred around the world that stood our for me. As we slowly say goodbye to 2012, it was an interesting year that consisted mostly of good, some bad and a lot of odd.
Eddie’s Recap of 2012
- Smoke Free – Even though I wasn’t expecting to stop smoking when I did – I overcame the odds and became a smoke free human being again. Even though it happened in an unexpected manner, I’m glad that it happened the way it did when I look back. I call it taking the positive out of the negative.
- Who’s Got the Keys to my Bimma – Yes in 2012 I purchased my first luxury vehicle and the car that I truly desired. The purchase was somewhat spontaneous. What was initially meant as “research”, turned into a “purchase” in a matter of hours. Here’s my mini 3 series guide to buying a new-used vehicle:
- Eight Media Mentions - Owning a successful personal finance blog is a honour in it’s own. Getting a positive response thanks to all the readership is special in its own way. But getting a media mention has its own kind of special spot – this year Finance Fox was featured eight times in the media – a healthy increase from the previous year. Click here are all the media mentions.
- Launched my 3rd Online Project – With some collaboration with others, a sample study and the recognition of a local need – my third online project was born called “Za Vas“, which means “For You”. So, in case you didn’t know I now have three online blogs: i) Finance Fox ii) Passive Cleaning Income iii) Za Vas
Recap of 2012 World Events
Many events world wide that occurred.Some good, some bad, and some outright odd. Obviously not all can be mentioned here, but here’s a recap of 2012 world events that stood out for me:
- Mayans predicted that the end of the world was coming last Friday. Oddly enough we’re still standing here! :)
- In 2012 the stocks headed up, and the economy was mostly moving sideways. Yahoo Finance does a solid in depth review of that.
- We witnessed the biggest IPO flop which is known as the Facebook “Faceplant,” an epic tragedy that came complete with tech glitches, botched trades, burned investors and a wave of lawsuits.
- To most Canadians the dream came true – President Obama won 2nd term – something largely welcomed by Canadians – while our friends south of the border have mixed feelings.
- Whitney Houston left us way too early – the news hit the world hard, and as one my favorite singers, it was a sad day for me personally.
- Hurricane Sandy came in with a roar that hit the east-coast hard – leaving thousands homeless, insurance companies busy and the leftovers of the storm sent to Canada.
- On December 18th, 28 innocent lives were takes as they became victims of the shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut – another sign that the United States needs to ban the gun NOW!
- Miami Heat win their first NBA Championship since Lebron and the other two douches joined forces. Let’s hope it will be their last!
- Toronto Blue Jays made the biggest trade in franchise history and their starting ace becomes the 5th starter. Coincidentally two days later Vegas pegs the Toronto Blue Jays as outright 7-1 favorites to win the world series in 2013.
- 2012 was a heavy sports filled year that included the Olympics and Euro Cup in soccer amongst many other exciting events. It was a good year for the average sports nut like myself.
Final Finance Fox Weekend Recap of 2012
My Own Advisor – Mark provides us with a review and some takeaways from an extensive investing eBook and an excellent guide for any dividend growth investor called the, The Dividend Toolkit.
Grocery Alerts – Sticking to the giveaway theme, Steve does a solid review of the NetTalk Duo WIFI and is giving one away to a lucky reader!
Financial Samurai – A successful PF blogger and also an eBook author, Sam does a solid roundup of how 2012 was for FS in his post: The best of Financial Samurai 2012.
Canadian Budget Binder – With the new year around the corner, this year’s New Year’s resolution should be to tackle your personal finances in the face of Canadian debt. This should be what many Canadians are planning for 2013 but are they really? That being said Here’s one’s New Year’s resolution.
Passive Cleaning Income – According to Industry Canada, between 2002 and 2008, and average of 100,000 were launched each year. That’s almost 1 million businesses launched during that eight year period. But there’s a bad part: after five years in business most of them disappear. Here’s why small businesses fail.
Master the Art of Saving – Generally most buy Xmas presents for their household and for anybody that they’ll be celebrating Christmas with. But you don’t have to spend a lot in order to provide a perfect gift. Jen wrote a great post on why mini survival kits can be great gifts – I think they’d make a great gift anytime.
Thriftability – Baking your own bread is a great way to save money over store-bought designer loaves. Lisa shares her two cents on bread machine baking which will save you time and money.
Edward Antrobus – What do you do with your old phone after you get a new one? There’s a good solution to that, and Ed shares with us 3 ways to get rid of your old cell phone.
Frugal Rules – With Christmas in our rear view mirror, here’s Jason’s reflection on 2012 as he ponders what’s necessary to make more of in the new year.
One Smart Dollar – One of the oldest debates in the personal finance realm has to do with the tough choice between paying down debt and investing. Emily does it again by asking the question: Should you invest or pay down your debt?
Thanks for stopping by and being part of the Finance Fox Weekend Recap – the final recap of 2012. We sincerely thank you for being part of all the awesome recaps this year, because let’s face it – without your readership, support and writing – this recap wouldn’t exist.
Wishing you all the best in 2013!!