The Weekly Lineup: FinCon11 Edition

Financial Blogger ConferenceTuesday I arrived home after attending the first annual Financial Bloggers Conference in Chicago (aptly named FinCon11). As some of you know I used to run a web company, so networking is one of my favourite past-times! (LOL the 3 drink tickets per night were awesome). I have a stack of 200 business cards from the conference, and I had the chance to meet all these people personally. 🙂 That’s priceless, and I’ve certainly met some great financial bloggers I will be connecting and collaborating with further. Philip Taylor of PT Money, did an absolute outstanding job of organizing this conference – above and beyond!  And he is also a pretty humble and easy-going guy, a real professional. I can hardly wait to see what he does with FinCon12!

One of the first people I met at the conference is Kylie Ofiu, an Australian blogger who has just published her first book – I’ll have more on that in mid October with a book giveaway!  And of course I met so many well know bloggers from the U.S. – I can’t even begin to mention names because there were so many! Fortunately I wasn’t the only Canadian attending. It was a real delight to meet Mike at the Dividend Guy Blog, his business partner Pierre (who is jealous he is not picking stocks for DGI), Tom from Canadian Finance Blog, and the Finance Fox. I also had the pleasure to meet Adam from Canada’s own Moneyville. Although he is a really tough editor, he is also a nice guy to hang out with. And of course I was also delighted to meet Paula from AffordAnything, who made the 10th spot in my Top 10 Finance Blogs.

Not to mention I met Krystal Yee at the conference as well. (Although she lives in Vancouver, I had to fly all the way to Chicago to meet this girl – LOL). For those of you who don’t know, Krystal and Preet Banerjee of the Globe and Mail, are organizing the Canadian Personal Finance Conference 2012 for next year in Toronto. I’m looking forward to that, and you can preregister on the website at CPFC12 !

The real highlight for me at the Financial Blogger Conference, beyond the personal connections I made, were the seminars by some of the leading bloggers in the industry. The experience and income these people have generated from their online businesses is staggering – massive actually! How does 30K per month sound for a start? Most importantly they were more than willing to share their success secrets and how they got there! Fortunately I had my laptop at the conference seminars, and took extensive notes. Next week I’m going to do a detailed post on the FinCon11 seminars. I think this will be a real valuable post for my readers in terms of resources for creating an on-line income, and how to get started. Otherwise just great reading material and inspiration! 🙂

Canadian MoneySaver

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be publishing my third article with the Canadian MoneySaver this year, titled What Happened to the Income Trusts? Part-2. I’m just working on the finishing touches for submission and it will be published in the November Issue of Canadian MoneySaver, and posted on the Ninja after November 15th.

I am also delighted to announce that after submitting my third article to the MoneySaver this year, I will now be a contributing editor! I’m really honoured to be on board with this long-running Canadian publication, which I started reading in my late 20’s. It is indeed a well respected publication for Canadian investors. Thanks Dale!

Canadian MoneySense

They also say that good things happen in threes! So I am also delighted to let my readers know I will be featured, as well as some other Canadian investors, in the October Issue of Canadian MoneySense Magazine. It was pretty surreal having a professional photo-shoot in my own home, two days before flying to Chicago! I can’t say too much about the article, other than it’s a small part of my portfolio strategy they are featuring, along with other Canadian investors. Be sure to check it out on the newsstands in mid October!

Surprise, no links. Have a nice weekend everyone! More FinCon11 to follow 🙂

16 Responses to “The Weekly Lineup: FinCon11 Edition”

  1. The Wealthy Canadian

    Oct 07. 2011

    Hi Ninja!

    Where do I start?

    I knew after chatting with you on the phone that you were going to be featured in the upcoming issue of MoneySense – hats off my friend! I can’t wait to read about it. The same goes for the 2nd part of your income trust series.

    Congratulations is also in order for becoming a contributing editor for Canadian MoneySaver. I’m really happy for you and I’m sure you will excel with this fantastic opportunity.

    Two reputable magazines indeed.

    I wish I could have been at the conference to meet you and so many fellow bloggers, but I’m looking forward to next year’s event, that’s for sure.

    Keep up the great work and congratulations once more on your continued success. Well deserved my friend 🙂

    All the best Avrom,

  2. The Dividend Ninja

    Oct 07. 2011

    TWC Thanx so much man. I owe much of that credit to my fellow bloggers like you, for the unconditional support! Are you going to be at CPFC12 in Toronto next year?

    The Dividend Ninja

  3. Dividend Mantra

    Oct 07. 2011


    Big congrats for the dual publications and the contributing editor position. That’s fantastic news. Sounds like all your hard work is really paying off for you. Best wishes with all your opportunities.

    I know I’m not alone in saying I look forward to reading all you’re willing to share about what you learned at FinCon11! Can’t wait!

    Best wishes as always!

  4. krystalatwork

    Oct 07. 2011

    Ninja – it was so great to finally meet you – even though you’re right – it’s so silly that we had to meet in Chicago when we live in the same city as each other. 🙂

    Congrats on the publications! I will definitely be looking out for that edition of Money Sense!

    Looking forward to seeing you again – hopefully sooner than FINCON12 and CPFC12!!

    (also, I did get your e-mail, sorry for not responding sooner. I will write you back this weekend)

  5. The Dividend Ninja

    Oct 08. 2011

    Mantra thanx man! You must attend FinCon12 next year, worth the money. Yes I have a couple of posts lined up on that 🙂

    Krystalatwork welcome to Ninja land! So do you have any dividend paying stocks or are you an e-series kind of girl?


  6. My Own Advisor

    Oct 09. 2011

    Great stuff Ninja!

    Sounds like PT Money really put on a show!

    Based on the twitter feed, conference was a huge success, and your post confirms that.

    Some bloggers actually make 30K per month? Whoa.

    I’m looking forward to your detailed post on the FinCon11 seminars, that should be great reading for those that couldn’t attend ;(

    I’m really glad that Krystal and Preet got the ball rolling for the conference next year in Toronto. I plan on going!

    Avrom – I am very happy for you, not only about another
    article for MoneySaver but your new role as contributing editor!

    I too, can’t wait to get my next issue of MoneySense. Finally, I have something to look forward to in my mailbox. You’re a media mogul in the making!

    Keep up the great work, onwards and upwards for you man.

    Chat soon,

  7. youngandthrifty

    Oct 09. 2011

    Congrats Avrom! That’s great news!! I just resubscribed to Money sense with my Air Miles and I hope to get that issue just in time 🙂

  8. Philip

    Oct 11. 2011

    Thanks so much for the kind words and for mentioning the conference. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you there. I look forward to your wrapup of the content. I’m still absorbing all that I learned.

    • The Dividend Ninja

      Oct 11. 2011


      Thanx for dropping by and taking the time to comment! Yes the conference was amazing, and I too will be spending some time to soak in everything I learned at FinCon, followup on connections, and keep the ball rolling 🙂 A real amazing experience, and delighted I took part! Looking forward to seeing what you do with FinCon12 – you’ve set the standard pretty high now.


  9. Tom Drake

    Oct 13. 2011

    It was great meeting you Avrom, add me to skype so we can keep in touch a bit more!


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