5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your Portfolio

5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your PortfolioOne of the fascinating things about the market is that, no matter how long you invest, or how much you think you know, there can always be new lessons learned. For a lot of investors, losing money — unfortunately — is often the cost of tuition for these market lessons. But, no investor is going to bat 1.000, and if you can at least learn from your mistakes then your…

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You Only Live Once

You Only Live OnceIf you’re of a certain age, YOLO needs no translation. For the rest of us, personal finance writer Jason Vitug has helpfully spelled it out in the title of his latest book: You Only Live Once. Vitug is American, as is his publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. but, as is often the case, the basic principles transcend borders. Vitug was a credit union executive who has turned financial guru…

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Most Millennials Don’t Expect to Become Millionaires

Most Millennials Don't Expect to Become MillionairesEach of us is now responsible for saving for our own retirement, but many young people aren’t feeling particularly optimistic about their ability to do so. Most millennials (64 percent) say they don’t expect to be able to accumulate $1 million for retirement over their lifetime, according to a Wells Fargo and GfK survey of 1,005 millennials ages 22 to 35 who are employed U.S. residents, but not working in…

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Investing in Group RESPs?

Investing in Group RESPs?Quite possibly one of the greatest things you can do for your children’s future is to open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for them.  This specialized registered account carries several benefits that ultimately help build money towards your child’s college education. Such benefits include being entirely tax free and the ability to receive government education grants to boost your balance.  Because the cost of college is always rising it…

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The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest In

The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest InInvestors, it seems, are always looking for the “next great thing.” Since individual stocks are so hard to pick, though, some investors look for investment “themes” instead. They figure if they can latch onto an emerging or hot trend, then it matters less what stock they actually buy within that trend — since they all might do well. This can, in our view, be a dangerous exercise. Usually “hot” themes…

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Markets and Impacts from Terrorism

Markets and Impacts from TerrorismA wave of violence has been gripping the world for the past few months, including the most recent one in Nice, France on Bastille Day where 84 (and counting) had been killed from a lone truck driver whereby early reports are conflicted if ISIS was involved.  And then there was the killings in Orlando back in June that took 49 at the Pulse nightclub. And the incident at Istanbul’s airport…

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The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to Traverse

The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to TraverseExchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Canada recently broke through the $100 billion mark in assets under management. And with more than 400 ETFs trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s getting a lot harder for self-directed investors to build consistent, easy-to-maintain portfolios without a bit of outside help. In the early days, it was simple enough: the classic “Couch Potato” ETF portfolio would have consisted of about four broad-based, low-cost ETFs….

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Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?

Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?If you want more income, one of the first places you can explore is real estate investment trusts (REITs). They own portfolios of properties that are diversified geographically and across many tenants. Some are diversified across asset types as well. Most importantly, many REITs pay juicy distributions that can help you pay your bills. Here are a couple of ideas. NorthWest Health Prop Real Est Inv Trust (TSX:NWH.UN) owns 120…

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World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to Come

World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to ComeBritain’s exit from the European Union is expected trigger increased volatility in global markets for months and years to come. Fears of the fallout were immediately manifested in global financial markets Friday, which lost about US$2 trillion in value, while the British pound suffered a record drop to a 31-year low. U.S. stocks witnessed their worst performance in 10 months. Here at home, the S&P/TSX Composite Index closed down 239 points….

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3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPU.S. dividends received in non-registered or tax-free savings accounts will experience a 15% withholding tax. So, the registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is the best account to buy and hold discounted dividend stocks such as Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP (TSX:HOT.UN). Why is Wells Fargo a bargain today? Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the U.S. The…

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