5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016

5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016We are generally very optimistic investors. And why not? We have, in 30 years of investing, seen nearly every crisis and market panic possible, and still markets are at record highs. We have no particular worries about current equity market conditions. However, that in no way means an investor should be complacent. We have not seen a major market correction in some time, and markets never go straight up. We…

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Want to Destroy Your Wealth? Here are 10 of the Best Ways to Go About It

Want to Destroy Your Wealth? Here are 10 of the Best Ways to Go About ItIt was my worst financial mistake and left me in what seemed like massive debt at 18. Surprise, the problem started with a credit card. A teenager with a $1,500 credit limit in 1982 and on vacation with friends in New York City is trouble. (I was working part-time as a bank teller, which facilitated my ability to get credit at the time.) So what happened? Strangely enough it wasn’t Manhattan that…

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Pros & Cons of Using a Credit Card-Only Spending System

Pros & Cons of Using a Credit Card-Only Spending SystemWhen it comes to budgeting and spending money we all have our own unique plans. Some of us prefer to track every penny. Some people just go with the flow. Some prefer using cash-only, while others go card-only. I wanted to look at the pros and cons of a card-only spending plan. First well start off by looking at the benefits of a credit card-only (debit and credit) system: More…

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How To Make Your Mortgage Interest Tax Deductible

How To Make Your Mortgage Interest Tax DeductibleFor US homeowners, mortgage interest is automatically tax deductible. But for Canadians, the write-off is not so straightforward. In order to make your mortgage interest tax deductible, homeowners must be able to prove that the money is being reinvested and is not being used for personal expenses. A properly structured mortgage-centric tax strategy has several key elements – the most important of which is a multi-component, readvanceable mortgage or line…

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New Credit Card Minimum Payment Rules

New Credit Card Minimum Payment RulesIn response to new government regulations on credit cards, credit card companies are changing their minimum payment rules and their interest rates. In general both are going up. I don’t have many credit cards and only use one regularly, but my rarely-used Sears card is the first one to send me details on changes that will be effective in September. My nominal interest rate will rise from 28.8% per year…

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