7 Warning Signs You Need to Repair Your Portfolio

7 Warning Signs You Need to Repair Your PortfolioDoes this sound familiar? The stock market has been going up significantly since the beginning of the year but your portfolio is down. That is one clear warning sign that it is time to do some work on your portfolio before things get even worse. There are a number of additional warnings signs that an investor should look for when analysing their portfolio. Each one of these warnings signs signal…

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National Child Care

National Child CareAs you may know, Michael Ignatieff reaffirmed the Liberal support for a national child-care program. This, of course, started a firestorm on both sides of the political spectrum. On The Right I know better than to engage the Right of Twitter (#roft) folks in direct debate, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. @HelpOntario is a Conservative from, wait for it, Ontario, who hasn’t quite reached Troll status. This exchange…

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A Joint Bank Account Strategy for Couples

A Joint Bank Account Strategy for CouplesI’m a feminist (of the Cathy Young brand of equality feminism, not the cuckoo-for-coco-puffs Andrea Dworkin or difference feminism brands of feminism).  Sometimes I’ve grappled with the best way to divide expenses within a romantic relationship.  As an ideal, splitting the costs evenly seems to make sense, but I’m certainly aware that often two people will differ in their disposable income or earning potential.  The actual mechanics can sometimes be…

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Canadian Outrage at Fox News Is Growing

Canadian Outrage at Fox News Is GrowingThis is how the US lose wars. This is how the US are making enemies around the world. And this is how Republicans lose elections. Making fun of dead Canadian soldiers doesn’t help. US Republican douchebags are the only people dumb enough in the history of the planet to actually make fun of and humiliate their own allies in a time of war. Ignorance, insensitivity and greed, this is the…

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Money and the Law of Attraction

Money and the Law of AttractionUsually I like to see reviews of a book before I choose to read it, but I’m less careful with books I listen to on CD rather than read. It’s a good idea to read (or listen to) ideas outside your usual sphere once in a while. I recently took a flier on Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks because the title sounded money-related. What…

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Should stores charge a restocking fee?

Should stores charge a restocking fee?Ten years ago, I did a series of columns on Future Shop’s unfriendly customer service policies. They had a 15-day return period and a 15 per cent restocking fee if you bought computers or accessories, camcorders or large-screen TV sets and returned them within the 15-day return period. Future Shop soon revamped its policies, extending the return period to 30 days and socking the restocking fee. The Canadian-owned was trying…

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Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSA

Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSALook.  There’s no downside and all kinds of upside to the Tax Free Savings Account. Become a saver, already! Here’s how it works: 1. Set up a Tax Free Savings Account at any Canadian bank you like. 2. Every year, you can put in up to $5000. But $100 is just fine too. 3. Whatever that $5000 earns, you are never taxed on.  So you can go conservative and just…

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Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of Prorogation

Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of ProrogationOTTAWA – Surrounded by members of the Liberal caucus in front of the House of Commons on the day when Parliament should have resumed, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announced that the Liberal Party of Canada will seek changes to the House of Commons’ rules that would prevent the Prime Minister from using prorogation illegitimately. “Twice in one year, Mr. Harper has abused his powers by shutting down Parliament to save…

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