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Our TFSA and RRSP Considerations for 2014

Over the last few weeks, I’ve received a number of emails from readers asking questions about Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs).  Here was another recent question, paraphrasing and quoting where I can: “Love your blog! It has really helped me enter the self-directed investment world.”  Given that it is the beginning of the year, “it would be great to know what stocks or ETFs you are considering for your TFSA and RRSP this year. Keep up the great work!” Thanks for this email (and the nice ...
Reader Question

Reader Questions – FAQs about my retirement plan

I receive a number of emails every week about my approach to saving and investing.  I’ll be the first person to acknowledge my investment strategies have been far from perfect execution.  I’ve made a bunch of mistakes actually.  I’m probably making some today; do I own the right stocks?  Did I buy my stocks at the right prices?  Am I holding stocks that will eventually tank?  Should I just index invest everything?  Should I own more bonds? I could go on and on but I’ve come to realize that while the outcomes to investing are very ...
DIY

Reader Question – Annual Cost of a DIY Portfolio

Over the last few weeks, the inbox to My Own Advisor has been flooded.  Unfortunately it’s taken me a bit longer than I would have liked to get back to many of you, so thanks for your patience.  Here is a recent question from a reader including some follow-up questions, about the annual cost of a DIY portfolio. “Been enjoying your blog for a while now. Wondering if you can direct me to a post describing how to calc the annual cost on a DIY portfolio.” Also… “I’ve been thinking of moving to a DIY portfolio for a while now, ...

How I Became a DIY Investor

Thanks to Mr. CBB’s email question recently today’s post will retrace my investing journey, how I became a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor.  The purpose of today’s post is to shed some light on my investment journey to date and build upon this article for future blogposts including how I’m managing my retirement portfolio today. In the beginning… I became interested in personal finance, probably in my early 20s.  Reading The Wealthy Barber cover to cover a few times over was definitely the trigger for me.  Dave Chilton’s tale was ...

Risk versus volatility, is there a difference?

A few weeks ago on my blog after Three Steps to Plan Your Portfolio was published, there was a lively discussion about risk after I suggested investors should consider answering the following questions before diving into product selection for their portfolios: What is my current risk tolerance for investing?  Risk, what are you talking about? Some comments ensued and some folks suggested risk and volatility are one of the same. I beg to differ. Let’s take a look at some classical definitions: (General) Risk – possibility of loss; something ...
Dividends

Reader Question – What stocks have paid dividends for generations?

In the My Own Advisor inbox recently, I got an email from a reader wondering the following: “Hi, I would like to invest in dividend paying stocks.  Do you know where I can find a good list of companies that have been paying stocks for 20 years or more?  I really don’t know where to start other than looking for companies individually.” Thanks for your question and you’re luck.  I’ve selected a list of U.S. and Canadian companies that have been paying dividends for generations.  Here they are: U.S. Stocks These U.S. companies have been ...

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