How to Make Your Portfolio As Inefficient As Possible – Pay Down the Mortgage

How to Make Your Portfolio As Inefficient As Possible - Pay Down the MortgageThere’s been no shortage of fear-mongering about the Canadian housing market – whether that’s Deutsche Bank stating it is overvalued by 65 per cent, or U.S. hedge funds shorting the country’s banks and mortgage providers. Jerome Hass, a portfolio manager at Lightwater Partners Ltd., had similar views about the London, England, property market just under a decade ago, as well as Australian housing prices 15 to 20 years ago. “I…

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Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual Fund

Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual FundThere are plenty of reasons that show how very bad mutual funds are for investors: weak performance, high fees, closet indexing, you name it. But mutual funds can serve a purpose and, yes, there are some good ones out there. Such funds can still be a good place to start investing, as minimums can be low and diversification can be instantly achieved. Instead of highlighting some top funds (which will…

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Bitcoin ATM Money Reinvented

Bitcoin ATM Money ReinventedWith bitcoin becoming more commonplace in every facet of life the first ATM machine in Canada has popped up offering customers with new choices.  Canada has always been at the forefront in financial technology the world-over and offering bitcoin seems like a logical next step.

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What’s the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still Equities

What's the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still EquitiesThe chorus of investment gurus warning about a major downturn in equity markets grew louder this week when Carl Icahn said stock investors have “a lot to be concerned about it” during an appearance on Fox Business Network. There’s no doubt he — and anyone else weighing in on the matter recently — have a point. Rising interest rates combined with lofty valuations could easily put the brakes on the…

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