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Reader Questions – How do you rebalance your portfolio?

I receive a number of emails every month about my approach to saving and investing.  I’ll be the first person to acknowledge my investment strategies are not perfect but I feel, over time, the plan is good and the plan is working for us.  Here are some recent questions I received and my answers to them. I recently read you want to have more “core” for your “explore”.  What does this mean? You are probably referring to this post where I discussed my favourite equity Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).  For us more “core” ...
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Reader Questions – Monthly Dividend Income Updates

For the last few years on my site I’ve posted monthly dividend income updates like these. From these articles I receive a number of emails and questions from readers regarding my DIY approach to saving and investing. Today’s post will tackle a few of those so let’s get into it. I’ve been reading these updates and it seems the income is going up every month.  Is this all because of reinvested dividends and distributions or you are making new investments as well? Great question. Yes and yes. The income is on the rise largely ...
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Reader Question – Just Starting Out – Help Needed

In the My Own Advisor inbox recently I got some emails from readers about just starting their investing journey. Thanks for your emails folks, keep them coming. Today’s post will offer some perspectives on a few of those questions sent my way and I’ll provide some answers based on my experiences with saving and investing. On just starting out…when should I invest, in what, where to start investing? Reader: I did a bunch of research and it seemed the best choice for having a starting amount of approximately $15k was to start with ...
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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 ...
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Reader Questions – Saving and Investing Stuff

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 are not perfect but I feel, over time, the plan is good and it’s working for me. Here are some recent questions I received and what I shared with readers via email, for today’s post. Mark, it seems like you put Canadian stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in your Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA).  Does that become reportable income? Yes, you are correct, this is what I own in that account ...

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