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I’m Julie, and I’m glad to have you on board. I’m looking forward to being a part of the FP Investor newsletter, doing what I’ve loved doing for most of my life, making readers smarter about investing and building wealth.
I’ve been writing and investing ever since I can remember. My passion for growing my money started in childhood, right at the kitchen table. Every Sunday, I followed along with my dad’s mortgage amortization payment schedule and helped write out cheques to get us closer to our family being mortgage free. I started a successful investment club in university and then took a job at Maclean’s magazine as business and investment researcher. I passed the Canadian Securities Course designation and acquired extensive business knowledge in writing, reporting, fact-checking and interviewing.
My dream job came when MoneySense magazine was launched. I was given a chance to manage it — and write money stories for it. The ones I was most interested in were the Family Profiles. Those were columns where, in every issue, we’d look at one family’s finances and offer them financial advice. At first, I was apprehensive about it. Could a story about a family’s finances and money problems really be interesting? The answer is a resounding yes. I soon realized that our readers loved talking to us about their money challenges and investment questions and it was also fascinating reading.
I have chalked up a lot of awards over the years and am enjoying an active career in business and personal finance writing. I have appeared as a television guest throughout the years on City TV, Rogers and CTV as well as several radio shows, speaking on diverse personal finance topics. My aim has always been for my stories to make Canadian investors more confident in managing their own money — and I plan to continue doing that through the FP Investor newsletter.
And I’ve learned a few things along the way. For instance, Canadians like to learn from each other. They enjoy participating in an investment community with other folks seeking answers to their investment questions. That’s why I am excited to write FP Answers every week. To do that, I put together a stable of reliable planners, investment writers and tax experts who can offer common sense advice so you can move forward with their financial and investment goals.
So whatever your investment question — whether it’s about putting together the perfect portfolio, what ETF to buy for your RRSP or how to arrange your estate planning to leave money for kids and charities — ask us, because FP Answers.
Journalist, Financial Post