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Opening Your Online Brokerage Account Primer

Buying and selling Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), owning your individual stocks or other securities through an online brokerage firm is not difficult work but this can be very intimidating work for new investors.  I suspect this is like anything new but once you know how, well, you know how. Thankfully, many online brokerages have excellent Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) forums not to mention a team of Customer Service Representatives ready by the phone and via email to answer any questions new or experienced investors might have.  For today’s ...
Life Insurance

Life Insurance 101 and Then Some

Let’s face it, life insurance, the various types, terms, products and durations available to the Canadian consumer is downright confusing and overwhelming.  I’ve struggled to figure this stuff out and I write about personal finance, saving, debt and investing every week.  So, for today’s post thanks to some help from my friends at LSM Insurance I thought I’d post a life insurance primer, and then some.  The guidelines below are just that, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to risk.  That’s what insurance means to me anyhow, ...
Weekend Reading

Long Weekend Reading – Mortgages vs. Investing, volatility, quizzes and more

Welcome to some long Weekend Reading, some of my favourite personal finance and investing articles from the week that was.   On this site, I wrote about the best things the TFSA offers and I listed some 20 Canadian dividend paying stocks an investor could almost buy and hold forever. Over at my friend’s site, Million Dollar Journey, I settled the mortgage paydown vs. investing debate although I’m sure others will continue to write about it again. I wish you a happy and healthy long weekend – enjoy these articles when you have ...

Canadian Dividend Stocks to Buy and Mostly Forget

There are quite a few dividend payers in Canada, but the ones that provide steady dividend increases and those companies that have been paying dividends for generations is a rather short list.  In that spirit, here are some Canadian stocks most dividend investors could potentially buy and forget* given they’ve paid steady dividends and tend to increase them routinely: Bank of Montreal (BMO) – paid dividends since 1829. Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) – paid dividends since 1832. TD (TD) – paid dividends since 1857. CIBC (CM) – paid dividends ...

Some of the very best things about the TFSA

The Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) allows Canadians to set aside and grow money tax-free throughout their lifetime.   This is a great deal folks.  Each year, you likely already know you can contribute up to the pre-defined dollar limit for the calendar year, plus any unused TFSA contribution room from the previous years, and contribute any amount you withdrew from the year before.  This account is a great way to save for short-term and long-term goals. Here are some of the very best things about the TFSA that work for me. TFSAs are available ...

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