The Trouble with Investing Fees — Are Commission- or Fee-Based Accounts Better?

The Trouble with Investing Fees -- Are Commission- or Fee-Based Accounts Better?If you have a full-service investment account at a Canadian brokerage, your advisor has probably approached you in recent months to discuss the option of signing up for what is called a “fee-based account.” This means that you would be charged an annual fee of somewhere between 1-1.5% of the assets under advisement (AUA) at the brokerage, rather than paying commissions on individual buy and sell transactions. I am often…

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5 Tips For Doubling Down On Your Winning Investments

5 Tips For Doubling Down On Your Winning InvestmentsDespite the proven risk-reduction benefits of portfolio diversification, it cannot be argued that one of the ways to get truly rich from equities is to have an exceptionally concentrated portfolio. If a stock is going to go up 10- or 20-fold, then owning a giant position in one great stock is a sure way to riches. Some aggressive investors will double down on winning positions as a way to further…

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Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend Stocks

Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend StocksI recently did a review of ShareOwner discount brokerage, which promotes regular dividend stock purchases.  One thing that came out of that review, is that regardless of how cheap the trading costs are – regular purchases of stocks are quite expensive. In this post, I’m going to discuss some strategies to buy dividend stocks (or any other kind of stocks) in the cheapest manner possible at discount brokerages. Some low…

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