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Early in my blogging journey I decided to pay homage to my fellow Canadian finance bloggers. It’s not that I focus specifically on Canadian finance topics, but it just didn’t seem like there were any good lists of Canadian finance blogs out there.

So first I hosted a poll for the top Canadian personal finance blogs and later followed it up with a poll for the top Canadian investing blogs.

Even though my blog was relatively new, the polls were a big success and I got to know a lot of the Canadian finance bloggers out there. If you’re interested in seeing which Canadian blogs came out on top, here are the winners from both polls.

Now that my blog is more established I’m hosting these polls again and I’m quite interested to see how similar the results are. This time around there are some changes to the poll format. First of all, the poll for the top Canadian personal finance blogs also includes blogs dedicated to investing. Later there were also be a separate poll for the investing blogs.

The next major change is that the polls will consist of two rounds. The first three months will determine which blogs are finalists in each poll. Then the final round will pit the finalists against each other. The winners will be announced on Canada Day on July 1st.

As in the previous poll, you can vote for up to 5 blogs in the initial round. During the second round you can choose your 3 favourites.

To spice things up the final winner of this poll wins $100 cash and the 2 runner ups each get $50. And of course you get bragging rights and maybe I’ll buy you a beer at FinCon13 ;)

If I missed any suitable blogs, please let me know right away.

What are your favourite Canadian personal finance blogs?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 8 Feb 2013
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89 thoughts on “Top Canadian Finance Blogs 2013

  1. Canadian Budget Binder

    You know, at the end of the day we as Canadians are bringing our passion to the world, personal finance. We are taking the time out to share, and spread the word to help others out. We are all Canadian Champs!! Have a great day everyone…

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    1. Jeremy

      Well said Mr CBB. I think the quality of Canadian personal finance blogs just reflects the Canadian spirit of being generous and helpful. Anyone who sets out to help others is truly a champ. Good luck in the poll. You’re off to another great start.

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  2. Tammy Burke

    Mr. CBB is the best Blog I have ever found. I am very loyal to him and will follow him forever, he deserves this nomination and win. If you don’t know how great he is you are missing out, check him out you won’t be sorry you did!!

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    1. Jeremy

      As with last year’s poll, I am impressed at how loyal Mr CBB’s followers are. He really sets a good example of how to be a genuinely helpful blogger.

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s understandable since there is a broad range of Canadian blogs on this list and many don’t very active with their marketing. Some of the investing ones in particular wouldn’t appeal much to Americans with their focus on Canadian investing options.

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  3. Jose

    Almost all of the blogs that I follow are in Canada! I didnt realize it at first but the conclusion I’ve come too are that our neighbors in Canada are: a) More active in posting b) Write compelling and interesting posts and c) Are extremely willing to reach out and help new bloggers! Thanks!

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  4. jolie

    Thanks so much for including me in this wonderful list. So many of them I read regularly, including yours….and some new ones for me to read!!

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    1. Jeremy

      Just like last year. So no big surprise there. It’s the same blog in 2nd place so far too. Guess that really says something about those blogs and their following.

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  5. Jen P

    Mr CBB has changed my life for the better :-D I was drowning in debt and struggling but with his budget and support we are digging our way out and have been doing well for almost a year now! I owe him so much!

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s awesome. It’s cool to hear about how he is directly helping people with their finances. Sometimes people just need a good example to follow and a bit of support.

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    1. Jeremy

      Unfortunately I can only find so many of them via the various lists out there. I’ve just added your blog Hollie. Any others in particular that you know I missed?

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  6. Mandy @ MoneyMasterMom

    Proud to call myself Canadian when I’m looking at this list!!!!! I only get to vote for 5, this is a tough decision :)

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  7. Liquid

    Cool. It seems like the list is longer this year :0) Nice to be newly acquainted with some of these blogs that I otherwise would not have known about. Thanks again for the inclusion. Go everyone!

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    1. Jeremy

      Yep it is a bit longer since I decided to allow the investing blogs into this list. Last year I just included you in the investing blogs list which was quite smaller. Good luck.

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    1. Jeremy

      It’s actually neck and neck between him and Brighter Life, just like last year. Since it’s a 2 round poll, I have a feeling they’ll probably coast until next round and then it’ll get really interesting. My money is on Mr CBB.

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  8. Roy

    Great to see “The greaterfool blog” doing so well. It gives me faith that not all people have been blinded by house lust and RE porn.

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  9. Thanh

    I don’t think you need a second round. Pretty lopsided so far. Greaterfool is actually a great blog on canadian finance and commentary.

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  10. Dodged-a-Bullit-in-Alberta

    Greetings: I would like to share with your readers why I believe “The Greater Fool” has struck such a chord with Canadians. If one reads the history of Garth Turner, and how he got turfed by Stephen Harper, and then follow the subsequent events of the Conseratives it is easy to see that the PM is now using his majority government to run Canada like a personal fifedom. The supression of dissent and the disregard for the views of every day citizens is a given. The Turner blog not only provides commentary on financial and real estate issues, but allows people to comment on issues happening in their own communities and provinces. There are even posters from other parts of the world. Truly an amazing use of the internet to keep democracy alive and functioning. I have learned more about Canadians in the last 3 years following this blog, than I could ever do with the print media, or television. The exposure of lies, falsehoods, fraud, and media manupliation, related by Greater Fool bloggers, is an amazing process that my parents generation could never fathom. It is not surprising that many governments,and bureaucrates see the WWW as a threat to their own self interests.

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    1. Roy

      Many of us from overseas follow Garths blog wishing that there was a Garth in our own country.

      Aussie Roy – Keen Australian Garth follower from the beginning. Both our countries housing bubbles, have much in common.

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      1. Jeremy

        Sounds like Garth runs a pretty interesting blog. Blogs are definitely a great media to make people more aware about issues that the mainstream is not willing to report upon. I agree that governments should be worried about how social media is changing the political scene. No longer can they sweep news under the carpet by having the mainstream media in their back pockets.

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    1. Roy

      Frank, I suggest you look a little closer or take off the rose colored glasses, many of Garths readers are ones who have made some serious money from RE by cashing out.

      I think the point here is “You have to know when to hold em and know when to fold em”.
      It’s time to fold em, not count your equity (money) while sitting at the table.

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    2. Ogopogo

      Frank, I’m one of Garth’s myriad fans. I’m also one of the allegedly “resentful renters” you so lovingly slag. But in fact, I’m actually a proud renter with a 6-figure investment portfolio who lives in a luxury condo unit for 1/3 of what it would cost me to rent money from the bank (a.k.a. mortgage) to “own” it. So you see, my dear angry friend, my landlord is in fact subsidizing my housing, even as he assumes all the risk in a rapidly declining market.

      Garth is a true Canadian hero in an age of few such creatures. The fact that The Greater Fool blog is light-years ahead of every other blog in this poll should tell you something about Garth’s immense popularity among the financially literate.

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      1. Jeremy

        Garth’s quick movement in the poll is impressive. So he obviously does have a strong following. I haven’t read much of his blog, but he does seem to pull at their emotions and focus on concerns that many people have. I do see how people could be bitter about his approach though…namely realtors, politicians and even people who want their real estate to keep increasing in value.

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      1. Jeremy

        I don’t know if I have time for that considering how long his posts are and the number of posts he publishes. It seems that I should at least check out his blog more though.

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  11. Steve

    “While I suspect this is a fancy ploy to get more traffic flowing to his site, I’m game. So if you want to cash your ballot for GreaterFool, as opposed to one of those candy ass, pay-down-your-mortgage and put-money-in-a-jar blogs where nobody calls the host a prick everyday, then go here and vote.”

    Sounds like a really nice guy……

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    1. jonny boy

      He is, but you cherry picking quotes is lame. Having just read his last few weeks postings, his self-deprecating humour is sometimes really, really funny. It’s the realtors who call him a prick all the time.

      His basic ideas seems to be 1) a balanced portfolio should not to be overweight in real estate and that includes the ‘value’ in your house. and 2) leveraged purchases like real estate don’t build as much wealth as people think, but they do build a lot of debt which can go bad fast. You only need to read a few weeks because it gets repetive fast.

      He mangles some stats, but the posters call him on it. All in all seems as reasonable as those that belive they ‘earned’ their huge home value increases over the last few years.

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    2. Ogopogo

      Maybe you should look up “satire” in the dictionary. Then perhaps you might understand Garth’s immense popularity and appeal. How else to explain the fact that his blog is winning by a grotesque margin in this poll?

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      1. Jeremy

        Yeah you can’t judge a blogger by a single quote/paragraph. I think he wrote that paragaph knowing full well that a bunch of fellow finance bloggers were going to read that. Since he has such a big following to not need to suck up to other bloggers, why not stir up a bit of controversy?

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  12. buy hi

    I think Gareth does an interesting job, if people take his humor too seriously it’s their fault. I appreciate the chance to see other Cdn blogs. Wouldn’t have been possible if this contest did not occur. Thanks Shaun.

    PS Gareth is a nice guy actually…

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m sure he is. People sometimes take very different approaches with their blogs than they take with people face to face. He seemed like a good guy based on our brief e-mail exchange. And no problem sharing other Canadian finance blogs. Really I’m surprised there aren’t other lists like that out there.

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  13. Troy

    Great to see Mr. CBB on this list. He is a very nice guy and we chat regularly.
    I still have to vote for Garth Turner though. No other blog out there has as much hard data and inside information as he does. How he manages to write daily is beyond me.
    I skim through a lot of other blogs, but they tend to be about how tough it is being a single mom, coupon clipping, or the old “stop buying Starbucks and save $20 a week!”.

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    1. Jeremy

      I agree that Mr CBB is a nice guy. I chat with him a fair bit too. Since The Greater Fool is new to me, I don’t know much about what he posts. If he’s focusing more on hard data and inside information I could see why that would be more appealing to some people. A lot of people are already well aware of all the general financial advice or just aren’t interested in the blogs targeting very specific niches.

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  14. koz

    Hi Jeremy,

    i think you are missing one other key/great cdn financial blog.
    “mr money Moustache”.
    i found MMM blog this past July, and have read every posting.
    His and Garth’s are must read blogs.
    Both don’t sugar coat their opinions (which i appreciate) and if you do something stupid consumer wise, MMM will even come over and “punch you right in the face!”, to emphasize his point.

    MMM now resides in the US, although he is cdn born and raised.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the suggestion koz. I know about the MMM blog, but I don’t think I realized he was Canadian born and raised. I’ve just added his blog to the poll and expect him to do rather well.

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  15. Financial Independence

    I voted for “Canadian Finance Blog” – I found it the most entertaining but yet educating and inspiring.

    On my way to financial independence I feel that it is one of the rare blogs who actually keep open and honest discussion and fair policy and attitude towards comments.

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    1. Jeremy

      I do like how he focuses a lot of Canadian issues. A lot of Canadian finance blogs, mine included, focus more on international issues. He has a pretty good sense of humor too.

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  16. jeffrey

    MR.CBB has been fundamental in helping me budget and set myself up toget out of debt he has daily tips on meals on sales and on shops he is very helpful and answers all questions even the smallest ones. WE should all send mr cbb. our useless pennies now?

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