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Free Flight Deadline and Weekend Reading

AMEX Free Flight Promotion Ending May 31, 2009 I’ve been told that May 31, 2009 (Sunday) is the last day to take advantage of the American Express free flight promotion. AMEX is offering a 25,000 welcome points along with waiving the $180 annual fee for the first year.  What’s the big deal?  The 25k points…

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Finding Your Passion

The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine. During the conversation I asked her if she was hoping to retire early. She said, “No way! I love my job too much.” It is a similar response I’ve heard from others. Even when I asked my spouse about his projected retirement date, he…

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Leveraged RRSP vs The Smith Manoeuvre

There was a reader question about the strategy of borrowing to invest in an RRSP instead of a non-registered portfolio (like the Smith Manoeuvre).  Here is the question: I have a readvanceable mortgage – Take your equity out as you pay your mortgage (max payment you can afford like in SM), and invest this equity…

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Consumer Tip: Scanning Code of Practice

Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) Did you know that if a major retailer scans your item for the incorrect price that you may qualify for a discount on that item?  Sometimes the store may give the item to you free simply because of the error! Most major retailers in Canada follow a voluntary rule that’s…

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Broker Survey and Weekend Reading – May 22, 2009

Discount Brokerage Survey A reader, who is currently trying to complete his Ph. D, requires some data on website characteristics and  their effect on customer loyalty to an online broker.  He created a survey geared towards those who trade online with a discount brokerage which should take 5-10 minutes to complete.  If you have the…

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