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Review of George Soros, In Defense of Open Society

Review of George Soros, In Defence of Open Society, Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group Inc, 2019.

The name of George Soros is once again in the news. Mr. Soros has stirred up a lot of trouble over the years, but he probably doesn’t even know about half the accusations that are being thrown at him. Even President Trump has helped to spread the rumours. Although Mr. Soros has been a relentless self-promoter for more years than most of us have been alive, the current conspiracies are unlikely to have any connection with him.
What is the real George Soros all about? His books give us some clues.
Soros has written many books and in 2019, published In Defense of Open Society. I find Soros and his books to be inspiring and intelligent, shrewd and naive, irritating and fascinating.
George Soros is one of those last remaining larger-than-life characters from the 20th century. He has had an astounding career spanning continents, a World War, and the falling of the Iron Curtain in Europe. He is a b…

Moving On Up to a Luxury Home? Some Mortgage Tips

Moving On Up to a Luxury Home? Some Mortgage Tips
This is great news! Things have been going well for you. You want more room for your family. You can already hear the laughter and joy that will come with entertaining friends and visitors in style. You dream of a beautiful kitchen, bright, airy rooms, high ceilings,  and spacious, private green space.   
Be aware that this needs to be a prudent financial decision, just as much as any other in your business and life. All over the Greater Toronto Area, there are quiet tragedies taking place in which luxury home buyers made a mistake. They bought the wrong house, at the wrong time, for the wrong amount, and for the wrong reasons. And now they are calling around for a mortgage broker to rescue them from the wreckage.
The time to call your mortgage broker is now as you begin to make steps toward your dream home. Call the mortgage broker first, before you send a realtor house-hunting and before you go over to your bank branch for a standard ho…

Have You Done Your Spring Mortgage Check Up Yet?

Hot weather is here, but a lot of us have put off some basic Spring maintenance. It looks like some people won’t even be taking their winter tires off this year! 
Spring is the perfect time for your annual mortgage health check-up. You do this, don’t you? Review your debt position each year? What amounts do you owe? Are you paying at the right intervals, given your current income flow? How does your interest rate compare to what is available on the market? 
And most importantly, what is your plan for renewing your mortgage? This might be the time if your current interest rate is far above what might be available to you. Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows right now.  If your mortgage is due in six months or less, it is time to start working on your new mortgage plan.
If your financial well is running dry this Spring due to the Covid-19 economic shutdown, don’t just hope for the best. Be proactive. Call me for a confidential conversation about your circumstances and we can look t…