I’m Barry Choi, a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. My blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel.
When I first started investing I had no clue what I was doing, and I invested in whatever mutual funds my financial advisor recommended. Of course I was never told that these mutual funds had high management fees and deferred sales charges.
Disappointed with the deception, I made the best decision ever and fired him! I realized I was better off educating myself in personal finance because no one will care more about my money than me.
As one of Canada’s leading travel experts, I combine my knowledge of finance with my passion for travel and encourage people to see the world. Whether it’s adventure travel, a relaxing all-inclusive resort, or backpacking through Europe; I share practical tips everyone should know regardless of your budget.
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure
My main source of income is my day job where I work in a TV Newsroom in Toronto behind the scenes. On occasion, brands and people I’ve worked with do appear on my TV station, but I have no say in this nor do I get paid for their appearances.
I am not a financial advisor, any advice given here is from personal experiences. Readers should do their own due diligence when making any decisions about their money. I have no formal background in finance. Everything I know is completely self-taught.
From time to time, I do take on sponsored posts directly on my blog. These types of sponsored posts are clearly disclosed and usually come from companies working in the financial services or travel industries. I have also worked with government organizations to provide sponsored content.
I am a regular contributor to RateHub (paid), RateSupermarket (paid), Skyscanner (paid), Tangerine (paid), and MoneySense (unpaid). I do have professional journalism training, but I’m not a journalist by trade. I am only paid by the client that I’m writing for. No additional payment is received by any brand or person I mention in my articles.
On a less frequent basis, I have contributed freelance written or video content to PC Financial (paid), KnowRoaming (paid), and TuGo (paid).
I have appeared in videos or in the media as a paid expert during single campaigns for the Bank of Montreal, PC Financial, History Channel, and CapitalOne. I have also done unpaid video work with Tangerine, TuGo, WestJet, and Go Banking Rates.
I irregularly appear on or have been quoted by 680News, CBC, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, Tangerine, MoneySense, Creditcards.ca, and other online publications for personal finance and travel related expertise.
I hosted the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in 2015 and 2016 (unpaid) and recently moderated Tangerine’s Breaking Down Investments Panel Discussion and Q&A (paid).
On occasion, I do Press / FAM / Individual trips as a guest of tourism boards or travel agencies. During these travels, I may receive complimentary airfare, hotels, attraction tickets, transportation, and meals. In return, I write (and disclose) about my experience. I do not receive any additional monetary compensation from these partnerships. The partner brand does not get any say in my content, nor do they get to read what I write in advance.
I do use various referral links within my content where I receive monetary compensation. This mainly applies to credit cards or chequing accounts which I usually disclose within the article.
I receive no monetary compensation when making referrals in person or online to any financial advisor, mortgage broker, real estate agent, travel agency, airline, etc.
I do have personal relationships with various people who work in the finance and travel industries. When we socialize outside of a working environment, we share or alternate meal expenses.