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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 ...

Help!  I’m just starting to invest

Should you save?  Should you invest?  If you invest, what should you invest in?  Do you need a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?  Do you need a Tax Free Savings Account?  Do you need an emergency fund?  What about your student loan? This list of questions for younger investors could go on and on and on… If you’re in your 20s I suspect at least one of these questions has crossed your mind.  There are no answers that apply to everyone but this blogpost should help you out.  Keep reading, because I’ve been there, done that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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, ...

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