All posts by: Bridget Casey

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Student debt killer, super saver, and stock market addict. BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta, MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary, and PhD from the school of life in being a badass.

The Only Thing You Need To Invest In To Become Rich

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I like to lurk on Quora and Reddit, because there are some amazing questions being asked, followed by amazing answers being given. One of the most popular questions people ask is, “I have $X available to invest, what should I invest in?” The answer that usually gets upvoted to the top is the right one: Yourself. If you want the largest return on your money, invest in yourself. Nothing else will net you an ROI that comes anywhere near the dollars you put into self-development. Despite what you might believe, investing in real estate will not make you rich. Neither will the stock market. I know that sounds weird coming from me, but hear me out. Those are just vehicles where you can put your money and net a few percentage points, maybe 5% or 10%, even 30%. Possibly more, if you wait and wait and wait (it’s a long time to […]

You Only Have Six More Months

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We’ve all made comments about how fast this year seems to be going, but instead of looking in reverse, I want you to look forward. There are only six more months left in 2015. For me, this means just six more paydays. Want to know where you stand financially for the next six months? Take your net monthly income and multiply it by 6. Total 6-month net earnings: $2,500 x 6 = $15,000 Take your rent, utilities, groceries, cellphone, and other essential bills, multiply them by 6, and subtract it from the number above. Rent – $750 Utilities – $50 Groceries – $300 Cellphone $100 Other – $150 Total = $1,350 Total 6-month costs: $1,350 x 6 = $8,100 Total remaining after essential expenses are paid: $15,000 – $8,100 = $6,900 Next, take your monthly savings goals or total debt repayment, multiply by six, and also subtract from the first number. Total […]

Getting an MBA in Finance: The Experience

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I had originally meant to get this up last week, right after I wrote, Part 1 – Getting an MBA in Finance: The Logistics, but I’ve found it’s taken me a lot longer to unwind the MBA experience than I originally thought. Brace yourself for my usual deluge of emotional over-sharing and rah-rah. Somewhere in an old notebook shoved in a closet, there is a list of life goals I penned out from a Paris apartment in 2011 which includes “get an MBA”. I was 25, broke and broken, and only beginning to understand that the only way to make your life work out the way you want it to is to grab onto it with both hands and bend it to your will. I had not yet learned to dream big, so that even the decision to get a graduate degree in business seemed weighty and intimidating. In retrospect, when it […]

The Master Class Money investing eCourse VIP pre-launch details

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For the past 4 months, I’ve been planning, building, and writing a comprehensive ecourse to help people in their 20’s and 30’s start investing in the stock market. After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, it’s nearly done and ready for a small, VIP pre-launch on Monday June 22, 2015. Want in? It’s only being released to newsletter subscribers, so if you’re not on the list already now is the time to join. You can sign up on the main page. Even if you have no interest in taking the investing course, I encourage you to subscribe to my weekly updates anyway — unlike many newsletters that are merely a recap of posts that week, mine is just a letter, from me to you. It’s like an exclusive post delivered right to your inbox, so if you want more of what I’m writing here, subscribing is the way to […]

Getting an MBA in Finance: The Logistics

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On June 12th, I walked the convocation stage to culminate two years of full-time study to receive an MBA specializing in Finance. In the interest of sharing my experience, I’ve split it up into two posts: one about actually getting the degree (this post!) and another about my experience (tomorrow!). Deciding To Get An MBA I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biological Science from the University of Alberta in 2010. Finding the job market unfriendly to science grads, I promptly enrolled in a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology at the same school. I lasted only one year, and elected to withdraw only halfway through the program and try my luck in the working world instead. It was at this point I decided I wanted an MBA. I’m not entirely sure why. I was 25, and had only a vague understanding that Business was the […]