Kevin, from Canadian Money Forum, started a forum topic asking for advice on his financial situation.  Check it out: I’ve chosen to write this topic in order to have an idea about what you would do in my situation. I’ve read most of the MDJ blog, as well as several other websites, but the more…

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A reader emailed me asking about the differences between the big bank monthly income funds as they all seem to have one.  At first glance, they are all fairly similar with mostly Canadian exposure invested in a combination of dividend paying equities and bonds.  However, digging a bit deeper, there are noticeable differences in terms…

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Book Winners of Happier As promised, I am giving away 2 copies of the book Happier.  Out of the entries, the winners below were randomly chosen, congrats! K Craig Top Posts of June 2009 High End Chequing Account Comparison – With all the of the banks offering “vip” accounting, I had to check out what…

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For many of us, the classic game of Monopoly is a fun pastime for a rainy day. We huddle around the board, shuttling our metal tokens around and around. We roll the dice with excitement, anticipating the purchase of a hot property and dreading the possibility of winding up in jail. Although it may seem…

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Tax Deductible Mortgage Plan

There was comment in the popular Smith Manoeuvre thread about comparing the tax deductible mortgage plan (TDMP) to the traditional SM.  Here are my thoughts on the issue. What is TDMP? The TDMP is a basically a way for someone interested in leveraging their home to invest to hand off the whole setup.  That is,…

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At the beginning of 2009, a group of bloggers thought it would be a good idea to have a stock picking competition and have quarterly updates. Here were my picks at the beginning of the year My 4 Stock Picks Hanfeng Evergreen (HF.TO) – This company creates high yielding fertilizer for the Chinese market.  I’ve…

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