Back to school for investors

How to buff up your personal-finance IQ

Gail Bebee 10 September, 2013 | 6:00PM
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According to futurist Jim Carroll, human knowledge is growing at an exponential rate, forcing us all to accept lifelong learning in order to survive in the 21st century. The personal-finance area has certainly not escaped the unending flow of new information and the resulting changes to everyday life. To cite just one example, exchange-traded funds were little known in Canada 10 years ago; now they are an established fixture in the investing marketplace.

Keeping your personal-finance knowledge current can be challenging in our time-starved society, but it's worth the effort more often than not. If you are thinking about buffing up your personal-finance IQ, the fall is a good time to take action. Many continuing-education courses on this subject begin when children head back to school.

If you crave structure and you want a low-stress (no tests, no assignments) and relatively low-cost educational experience, check out the non-credit continuing-education classes at your local school board. General financial-planning courses such as the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's four-evening Financial Planning Success series ($69) are common.

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Gail Bebee

Gail Bebee  Gail Bebee is an independent personal finance speaker, teacher and the author of No Hype--The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money. She can be reached at; her website is

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