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Retirement

Retirement Numbers and Rules

Professionals from all walks of life and sectors have a knack for making the simple, extremely complex.  The financial industry is no different.  How much do you need to retire?  “It depends” is usually the answer. I dislike the “it depends” answer since while true, this does little to help people prepare for the future using any combination of assumptions.  I think some financial assumptions are better than none; a plan is better than no plan at all.  For today’s post, I thought I’d share some common “retirement rules” to consider.  ...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Borrowing to invest, rising house prices and more

Welcome to another Weekend Reading edition!  This week I provided a review about this book for 20-somethings and I shared my investing mistake to buy and hold TransAlta.  I’ll hold the stock for now but for how long, who knows… Oh, and just a reminder, you have a few more hours to enter this giveaway on my site. Enjoy the articles that follow and have a great weekend. A Financial Post article said there are times to borrow to invest, like now.  I agree but ONLY if you have a healthy income surplus every month and very little debt.  ...

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Stocks

Then and Now – TransAlta

This post is a continuation of my series Then and Now where I revisit some older blogposts and either rip them to shreds (because my thinking has changed) or I’ll confirm my position on some personal finance topics or specific investments.   My previous post was about Enbridge where this stock has gained over 100%.  Today’s post will be about TransAlta. Then I started writing about TransAlta on this site back in 2010.  I actually purchased some TransAlta stock earlier that year. TransAlta stock was just over $20 when I purchased it. I ...

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If You Can

Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly – If You Can

Avid readers of this site might already know one of my favourite financial books is The Investor’s Manifesto by William Bernstein.  Bernstein is a best selling financial author and was a practicing neurologist.  Needless to say he is very bright and his books are witty and fun to read, yes, a financial book can be fun to read.   Recently, Bernstein released a short ebook entitled If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly.  I recall a few weeks ago this book was free a limited period of time but it’s still cheap for the frugal folks ...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Top blogs, Buffett, money habits and more

Welcome to another Weekend Reading edition, I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!  This week I wondered if life insurance made sense for seniors and I started a new giveaway – so make sure you enter. Thanks very much to fans of this site that voted for and made My Own Advisor one of Canada’s top finance blogs of 2014 in this reader poll. To friends South of the Border I wish you a happy July 4th.  I’ll be back next week with some new articles. Dividend Stocks Rock wrote about how many stocks to hold. Here’s an interesting calculator ...

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