Entries by Deborah Nixon from 11/2012

The First Step to Talking Money With Women

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business

Women relate to each other though stories, and through this process they learn and grow. Money is one of the last taboos and is something many of us are uncomfortable discussing. Creating safe and open spaces for women to talk about money is one of the missing gaps in financial and investor education.

How to Stop Indulging -- And Save

| Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Business

Have you ever calculated how much you spend in take-out coffee, lattes, frappucinos and smoothies? If you're like most people I know, you don't want to know. Because if you know one of two things happens -- you feel guilty or you have to change. Both choices are lousy. What if there is a third choice?

Three Easy Ways to Start a Financial Plan

| Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Business

In my work with women, I hear women tell me that feel overwhelmed why they think of dealing with money and planning. You need to have that tough conversation with yourself, the one that scares you and that fills you with dread. You might try to ignore it or pretend you have control over it. You need a financial plan. Here's how to start.

How the Salvation Army Scandal Could Have Been Prevented

| Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Business

The Salvation Army has been in the news due to a massive theft of children's toys from its warehouse. It fired its executive director in response and is investigating the circumstances surrounding this crime. While the scale is large, it is not unusual to encounter examples of theft and embezzlement in organizations. Most large ones have loss prevention officers whose role is to protect assets through implementing security and safety programs for employees and customers. They also have internal audit functions and controls to test, monitor and prevent these types of crimes. What happens when these systems break down and crime occurs?

Be Honest, Do You Use Princess Math?

| Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Business

What is princess math? Your favourite department store is having a half price sale. The gift was originally $200 but you are saving $100. Princess math says -- I was going to spend $200 anyway so now I can buy that purse. The reality is, though, most women aren't flush with money. The problem is that deep down, we know our actions have consequences.

What Went Wrong for Rob Ford?

| Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Politics

The outcome was inevitable and predictable. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was found in contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Whether one is a supporter of Ford or not, Justice Charles Hackland's decision reinforces the importance of two issues -- governance and trust. What went wrong in this scenario?