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Cross-border banking made easy

Canadians are always looking for better ways to bank in the U.S. Snowbirds need a U.S. bank account to take care of the bills at their condo. Canadian shoppers want easier ways to pay their Macy’s or J.C. Penney account after cross-border shopping sprees. Opening an account at a U.S. bank is an option, but […]

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Banks Lose Trust As Service Charges Rise

Canada’s banks are solid, but their service seems to be slipping. After keeping fees stable for awhile, banks are raising charges on a variety of services. Interest rates on lines of credit are being adjusted. At the same time, banks are reporting record profits and senior executives are earning compensation packages that put them ahead […]

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N.S. Payday Loans Under Microscope

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board is taking another look at the way payday loan companies do business and will examine the issue at hearings scheduled to begin Monday in Halifax. The board will determine whether the companies are charging too much to borrow money. In Nova Scotia, they can charge up to $31 […]

Investing

Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend Stocks

I 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 […]

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Proposed Federal Securities Regulator – Little Help for the Individual Investor

Worth reading: IndependentInvestor.info‘s Proposed Canadian Securities Act and investor protection: a failing grade. The thoughtful, detailed analysis and judgment of the proposed move by the federal government to create a national securities regulator shows how little improvement there really is likely to be for the individual investor in solving key problems: high fees for mutual […]