Mark is an IT contractor residing in Alberta and needs some advice about what to do with excess capital and general tax optimization. Here is the story: We’ve got a rental property which we decided to try and sell. We located an investor who is interested. We’ve agreed on a price of $25,000 ‘cash to…

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Happy Holidays to you and your family!  I hope that you are spending the day with those you care about most. We’ll be taking a little break from writing over the holiday, but we’ll be back on Dec 29th in full force. For you new (and regular) readers out there, here is our Million Dollar…

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With this years event being bigger than ever, there was a large number of participants in the giveaway.  The sponsors came through with so many great prizes that I decided to split them up into 2 days. Day 1 prizes included a PS3 Slim 120GB courtesy of RedFlagDeals, and a $100 shopping gift card offered…

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The tooth fairy seems to leave a little less around here than she does at other houses. What’s up with that? Is there a 1-800 number I can call and lodge a formal complaint? There is a child in my daughter’s class who gets a crisp $10 bill for every tooth she loses, except for…

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It’s been a while since my last Smith Manoeuvre portfolio update (see August update). Perhaps it’s because of the lack of portfolio changes lately as I’m one of those people who are not buying much in this market.  However, since it’s the end of the year, it may be a good time to do one…

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I’ve noticed recently that more and more stores are raising money for different organizations, one dollar at a time. They also seem to be asking for more personal information. Inevitably after making a transaction at the checkout counter, the questions begin: “Would you like to give us your mailing address?” “Your e-mail address?” “A sample…

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