Happy Halloween!  When I was younger, I loved it when Halloween fell on a Friday.  The reason being is that I could stay out a little bit longer to collect more cavity inducing candy.  This will be the first Halloween in our new house, and we expect it to be a busy one as there…

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Welcome to the recurring monthly net worth update – The October 2008 edition. Before I started writing this update, I was actually quite nervous about the result as my portfolios are deep in the red for the year.  This dramatic correction is the largest of my investing career and it comes with mixed feelings.  The…

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For those of you just joining us, this is my portfolio that is leveraged with money borrowed from my home equity line of credit (HELOC). As the money borrowed is used to invest, the interest charged is tax deductible. For more detail, check out the modified smith manoeuvre strategy.  It almost sounds like a giant…

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With the big hype around the upcoming Tax Free Savings Accounts, I decided to do some research to see which banks and discount brokerages will be offering the product.  I imagine that as we get closer to the launch date (Jan 2009), we will see more of them popping up. As of today though, here…

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With the Canadian Dollar at 4 year lows relative to the U.S Dollar, it seems like just a few months ago where the Canadian dollar was at par with the U.S Dollar.  Oh wait, that was a few months ago!  Since the middle of July, the loonie has dropped more than 27 cents (as of…

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Stock Trading Tools As I have been on a stock research frenzy, it was with great timing that a representative from INO.com contacted me about their free educational stock trading offerings. INO TV offers free online educational video seminars on stock trading.  The only thing required is registration (free). INO Trend Analysis offers free technical/trend…

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This is another guest post from Thicken My Wallet, a former lawyer, who coincidentally used to setup holding corporations for his clients.  I’ve asked TMW to write about holding corporations as I’ve gotten many emails regarding the details of this entity. If you are an entrepreneur who owns a corporation, you may have heard of…

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I didn’t come up with the title, it was the subject line of an email I got from Jenny.  Jenny is in a very common situation, she’s just about the graduate school, currently has some income, and is looking to purchase a house in the very near future. I’m 24 years old and really concerned…

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