You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There’s A Catch

You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There's A CatchWhile early retirement may be a pipe dream for most of us, every once in a while I hear from readers who have pulled it off and are living almost tax-free on dividend income alone. An example is Torontonian Phil McKinley, who retired in his early 40s a couple of years ago and has been living on his non-registered dividend income tax-free. While McKinley is reluctant to divulge his full…

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Stop Wasting Money

Stop Wasting MoneyIt is a universal element of the human condition that we seek out individuals who are similar to ourselves. People who share our values, traditions, culture, religious beliefs, political leanings, and even entertainment preferences. The upside of this type of behaviour is that we tend to lead more enjoyable lives and feel more fulfilled because we are surrounded by others who validate our existence. The downside is that we lead…

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How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion Rate

How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion RateWith the federal budget now set for March 22, 2017, investors with significant accrued capital gains in their securities portfolios are wondering whether a hike to the capital gains inclusion rate could be in the cards on budget day and, if so, is there anything they can do it about now. Of course, investors need only be concerned with capital gains taxes if they hold appreciated investments in non-registered accounts….

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5 Steps To Take To Jump-Start Your Financial Success

5 Steps To Take To Jump-Start Your Financial SuccessLacey Hamilton hopes to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea to cheer on the Canadian athletes. To save for the trip, the 22-year-old Mississauga resident drops spare change and $5 bills into a 0.9-litre mason jar that she empties into a savings account when it becomes full. “I live on a cash diet as much as possible,” she says. “I find that’s the best way for me…

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2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017

The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017The annual TFSA dollar limit will remain frozen at $5,500 for 2017 and, in fact, may be stuck at that level until at least 2019, as a result of years of low inflation and the unusual rounding mechanism built into the TFSA limit. This week, the Canada Revenue Agency announced the inflation rate — 1.4 per cent — that will be used to index various personal income tax and benefit…

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Why Even a Crystal Ball is No Guarantee

Why Even a Crystal Ball is No GuaranteeA great deal of investment analysts’ time is spent trying to predict the future. How will the new iPhone sell? How many new automobiles will be sold in Europe next year?  What will next week’s employment numbers look like? Who will win the next election? And what will the Fed do about interest rates in the coming quarters? These questions are important to these analysts not because of the answers…

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History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian Stocks

History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian StocksAny slump in Canadian stocks in the wake of the U.S. presidential election will be fleeting, history suggests. And while this isn’t any normal election, market strategists say the brighter outlook for energy outweighs rising qualms about the outcome. Canadian stocks tend to sell off on a change in the White House, regardless of the winner, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index tumbling in the aftermath of eight of the past…

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The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor Pain

The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor PainWe’ll try to round up some scary things in the market for our column in two weeks, just in time for Halloween. In the interim, let’s go back to some more basic investment rules and guidelines that all investors should pay attention to. There is never just ONE dividend cut When a company’s fortunes change enough to require a cut in the dividend, the board of directors — almost always…

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When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always Better

When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always BetterFor many years the question of whether the size of a hedge fund affects its returns has been hotly debated. Although there is ample evidence that a few legendary funds are able to manage billions of dollars and consistently deliver outsized returns to investors over the long term (especially on a risk-adjusted basis), there is mounting evidence that, at least in the world of hedge funds, smaller can be better….

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