List/Grid Yearly Archives: 2010

Year End Reflections and Happy New Year!

As I mentioned in my Very Merry Christmas post, my wife and I have lots to be thankful for. For many reasons, 2010 was a good year, one that saw many changes. It’s amazing how fast 12 months goes… This past year was my first full year of blogging and a rewarding one at that. I enjoy blogging although I admit it’s a challenge to try and post an article everyday, even every other day! Kudos to many personal finance and investing bloggers out there, my peers, who are able to a) spend the time and b) develop the excellent content for their ...

The Very Merry Christmas Edition

Before I acknowledge all the great articles I’ve read over the last week or so, I want wish my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 2010 was a great year for my wife and I and we have lots to be thankful for. I guess like many folks at this time of year, I find myself being very reflective, which is a good thing in my opinion. Over the last 12 months, I started this blog, met some respected bloggers in the Ottawa area like Canadian Capitalist, Big Cajun Man, Michael James and Larry MacDonald, got married and had an amazing honeymoon, travelled ...

What a great mortgage broker can do for you

Phew, we made it. We moved! After a whirlwind 8 weeks of finding a new home, making an offer, getting the purchase offer accepted, completing home inspections (including well and septic inspections), listing our old home, showing that home, getting an offer for it, accepting that offer and surviving inspections on the old place – my wife and I were pretty much spent.  What almost did us in; we moved in the snow over two days, cleaned the new place, cleaned the old place for the new folks and over the last 3 days we’ve hosted ...

Dividend News Update: Fortis Does It Again

They continue to impress and reward investors. Fortis Board of Directors recently announced their 2011 Q1 dividend will increase by 3.6%. The common share dividend will be bumped to $0.29 per share from $0.28 payable to shareholders on March 1, 2011. Just so you know, Fortis holds the impressive distinction of being the ONLY Canadian company to increase its annual common share dividend payment over the last 38 years. I’ll own it eventually, for reasons beyond this news above, but this announcement is a darn good argument for doing so unto ...

December Update – working through our 2010 financial goals

Wow, Christmas is almost here…are you ready? My wife and I are normally the types to have our acts together but this year, with our move to a new home just days away and many other things on the go, we’ve fallen behind in our holiday preparations. It doesn’t feel good because it’s not our style. Luckily for us, most of our family is committed to a wine bottle exchange for Christmas. Well, at least the adults are!  Kidding aside, we have tons of shopping to do over the next week while getting settled into the new place; we’ll be ...

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