Smoke and Mirrors

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ISBN: 978-1-55180-895-6

Number of pages: 192

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This expanded and updated edition of the Canadian best-seller includes new and updated worksheets and new information to help you plan your finances, and is completely updated to reflect the current economic climate.

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Financial Myths That Will Ruin Your Retirement Dreams NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

  • Retire Comfortably—it costs less than you think!
  • Stop making RRSP payments—pay down debts first
  • Find out whether you should lease or buy your car

Do you really need $1 million to retire? Many financial advisers perpetuate the myth that you need $1 million to retire, because the more money you hand over to them, the more money they make through commissions and other fees. Smoke and Mirrors will give you the ammunition you need to fight back against the scare tactics and “rule of thumb” selling methods used by banks and financial planners that suck money out of your pockets. David Trahair dispels each myth, chapter by chapter, and shows in an easy-to-understand manner how you can take control of your own finances. New for the 2009 edition:

  • Excel spreadsheets that you can use to calculate your personal rate of return on your RRSP
  • Spreadsheets to help you track your finances

Also includes:

  • A Retirement Optimizer spreadsheet updated to include tax rates for all provinces and territories
  • A Car Lease versus Buy Analyzer updated to include excess kilometer charges
  • Stock market investment rates, mortgage interest rates, and CPP, OAS, and income tax rates all updated for 2007

Many bankers, brokers, credit card companies, financial planners, and insurance agents hate this book, but for the typical Canadian, the message is invaluable. The included CD-ROM contains MS Excel spreadsheets that you can use to track your finances according to the instructions in the book.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Market Global
Edition Seventh Edition
Pages 192
Size 6x9
ISBN 978-1-55180-895-6
UPC 069635808955
About the CD The CD works with all versions of Microsoft Windows: 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (Vista and Windows 7 installation requires you to have Administrator rights on your computer).

Author Details

Author Details - David Trahair, CA

David Trahair is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, finance, and tax. He has made many television appearances, including on Citytv Breakfast Television, Report on Business (ROB) TV, CBC NewsWorld, CFTO News, CBC Venture, and CHTV, as well as being a speaker on numerous radio prgrams. He has also been a feature writer on the web at and You can keep current on financial issues relating to these books by visiting his web site. David is the author of these books from Self-Counsel Press:

* No Smoke & Mirrors Workbook — a companion workbook and CD.
* The Entrepreneurial Itch — sage advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business.


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