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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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DIY intelliMortgage service will save you Time and Money

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) investing has been a passion of mine for some time now.  It’s one of the reasons I started this site, to share what I know, what I’ve learned, to help others while having some fun in the process.   While interesting and exciting, DIY investing can be daunting – there is a huge body of knowledge out there to wrap your head around.  The basics are easy for everyone to understand yet often difficult to execute consistently.   This is where professional help usually comes in, and for many reasons more. Canadians ...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – TSX dogs, insurance and debt, big banks and more

Welcome to your Weekend Reading list folks.  Earlier this week I shared these articles on my site: Retirement Numbers and Rules, Why Staycations Are Worth It, June 2014 Dividend Income Update. Enjoy these articles below and see you here next week.  Go Ottawa #RedBlacks! Here are 10 dogs of the TSX, stocks you probably already own directly, in your ETF, or in your pension plan. LSM Insurance wondered if homeowners are insuring their debt loads enough.   I say, not likely. Sean Cooper on MDJ said to think twice about a mortgage with any big bank. A ...

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Dividend Income

June 2014 Dividend Income Update

You might already be aware business capital can be managed in many ways. Management can decide to reinvest earnings and grow the business. Management can decide to buy back shares so each remaining share can earn a higher proportion of profits. Management can decide to pay down debt. Management can decide to pay some of their earnings to shareholders in the form of dividends.  This is my personal favourite as an investor. With some companies I invest in, there are no “hot buys” that come to mind.  People don’t “tip” companies like ...

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Why Staycations Are Worth It

Recently my wife and I decided to take a couple weeks off work and enjoy a staycation.  You know, spending some extended time close to home?  In hindsight this was a perfect way for us to spend part of our summer together.  Here is why we did it and what we got out of it. We’ve been busy this year – it was nice to unwind and not be busy. We’ve already done some international travelling this year, with more travelling to come this year, so there was no big desire to travel. Further to the above, it was nice to save some money for future ...

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