He’s got the largest TFSA …but did the investment qualify?

June 18, 2013

The Financial Post believes they’ve found the individual with the largest TFSA account in Canada. The article describes how the individual has an amazing $172,382 in his TFSA account. The problem is, did this investment qualify for inclusion in the TFSA? The financial planner in the article, purchased the penny stock Fannie Mae (FNMA) (OTCBB). […]

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Canadian Brokerages – Options Commissions

May 10, 2013

The June 2013 issue of MoneySense magazine looked at Canada’s Best Discount Brokerages. MoneySense partnered with Surviscor to look at the Canadian Discount Brokers. It compared the brokerages, in a chart, on several categories, including stock commissions and option commissions. In their chart of the 14 brokerages, 12 brokerages tied for the ‘lowest’ option commissions […]

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How to successfully bid on Priceline Hotels

March 11, 2013

My wife and I just completed a vacation of several southern US cities. The biggest travel cost that you incur is accommodation. I decided to use Priceline to book our hotels for this vacation. I’m glad I did. I believe Priceline offers tremendous savings over other booking websites (like Expedia, hotels.com, etc.) Our hotel needs […]

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Best Canadian REITs

February 20, 2013

[Last update: Feb 2013] Real Estate Investment Trusts, with their nice income yields, continue to be popular with investors. Avrex Money has compiled and ranked a complete list of all the Canadian REITs on the Toronto stock exchange (TSX). Avrex Price/ Payout Rank Company Ticker Yield AFFO Ratio REIT Sector 1 Artis REIT AX.UN 6.82% […]

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Can I achieve early retirement?

February 10, 2013

We’re running in a rat-race. While there’s still a long way to go, we can see financial independence on the horizon. Many of us don’t want to work until we’re 65 years old. We want the race to end earlier. Perhaps at age 55. Perhaps sooner. We want to achieve financial freedom! Are you doing […]

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Four US Stock Picks for 2013

January 2, 2013

Since a portion of my portfolio is active stock selections, I thought it might be fun to compare the stock selections, that I’ve been investigating, against other investors. Financial Uproar has included me in his annual stock picking contest. Now because we are following the returns of only four stocks over the course of a […]

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Canadian REITs – The Vanguard REIT ETF brings cost relief

December 1, 2012

In Canada, our REIT ETF choices have been limited. The iShares REIT product is ‘the gorilla’ in this arena with Assets under management (AUM) of approximately 1.4 billion dollars. The younger BMO REIT ETF has been steadily growing, but only has about a quarter of the assets that the iShares product has. These two companies […]

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Are you invested in Mutual funds? Congratulations, you’ll now be working an additional 3 years.

November 15, 2012

[November is “Financial Literacy month”. Bloggers are participating in the “Blog for Financial Literacy” campaign by sharing their ‘best financial tip’ with their readers.] Many investors don’t realize it, but the high Management Expense Ratios (MER) of Mutual Funds are slowly eroding their personal life savings. Let’s compare the characteristics of the two main investment […]

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Weekly Options – Tread carefully

October 19, 2012

[Update 2012-10-26: This trade was successful. The price of AMZN fell for most of the week, recovering on Friday, and finishing at 238.24. This was well below my strike price of 260. Result: I collected $969 in premium. :)] Besides my regular portfolio of options, I will occasionally dabble into Weekly options. I don’t usually […]

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Value Trap – Cut Your Stock Losses

October 5, 2012

How many of us have been caught in a “value trap”? Prior to making stock selections, I pour over lots of fundamental variables. I’m a value investor. I’m looking for undervalued stocks, or stocks that have fallen out of favour. Back in 2011, I purchased Research in Motion (RIMM, RIM.TO), with the conviction that it […]

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