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2015 Financial Predictions – March Update

For the last couple of years, just for kicks, I made some financial predictions by looking into my cloudy crystal ball. Here is a recap of what I think might happen in 2015 and where I’m at with some predictions. The Dow Jones Industrial Average will finish the year at 19,400. It opened 2015 at 17,823.07. At the time of this post it is at 17,749. The S&P/TSX Composite will finish the year at 15,700. It opened 2015 at 14,635.07. At the time of this post it is at 14,731. Our Canadian Dollar will finish the year at $0.85 compared to ...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Debt impacts, tax tips, Robo-Advisors, analysis and more

Welcome to some fine Weekend Reading folks, some of the best articles from the personal finance blogopshere right here.  First though, earlier this week I provided some newbie investors with some recent books to check out and I posted our February 2015 dividend income update, our journey to financial independence. Spring seems to have finally sprung, a bit, in Ottawa and surely warmer weather is coming.  This means golf, gardening, lawn care and cold beer on the deck seasons for me.  Any big plans for spring good reader?  Leave me a comment ...

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Dividend Income

February 2015 Dividend Income Update

Welcome to my latest dividend income update.  For those of you new to these posts on my site, every month I discuss my approach to investing using Canadian dividend paying stocks and some low-cost Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and how reinvesting the dividends and distributions paid from these investments are helping us reach financial freedom. What’s to like about dividends? First, dividends provide regular cash flow and secondly that cash can be reinvested.  We got paid even though the TSX and Dow both finished last week down almost 300 points. ...

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>Weekend Reading: Dividends, Investing, Emergency Funds and Other PF Musings

Newbie Investor Resources – Empowered, with value, like rabbits and more

The My Own Advisor inbox was nearly flooded last month, with reader emails about just starting out on their investing journey.  Again, thanks for your emails folks and keep them coming.  Here are some of my favourite resources, free or for a very small fee, for new investors to check out.  Spending a few bucks now could save you thousands of investing dollars later – so read on. Want to feel empowered? “To ensure a prosperous and financially secure future, we need to understand the potential roadblocks that can prevent us from succeeding. ...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Companies with growth, advisor tests, rate news and more

Welcome to your Weekend Reading folks, some of the best personal finance articles and investing material from the week that was. Earlier this week my friends at 5i Research collaborated with me on this article: In Defense of Active Investing.  I liked what Ryan wrote about here: “Retail investors are not fund managers and that’s a good thing…their job does not depend on investment performance and they in turn do not have to make aggressive decisions or trades they would otherwise not make if their job did not depend on it. Secondly, ...

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