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March 2010 Net Worth Update (+2.03)

Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey March 2010 Net Worth Update. Another month, fortunately another net worth gain.  Usually when it comes to personal finance, there are two main lines of thought.  The first, and perhaps the most common, is to spend less than you earn.  This train of thought leads to frugality and separating your needs and wants.  The second line of…

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Some Common Questions About Annuities

After a post last week about how annuities work, there were a lot of questions in the comments and via email from readers (and Kathryn).  Below is a list of common questions and answers about annuities.  If you have any additional questions, please add them to the comments. What are the advantages of annuities? You…

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Another UFile Giveaway and Weekend Reading

Another UFile Giveaway After my last UFile review and giveaway I announced 10 winners. A few of those winners never emailed me back to claim the prize, so I’m going to offer them up again. Leave a comment in this post (with a valid email address) and I’ll randomly choose and email 3 winners on…

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Wealth and Socioeconomic Class

I love rags to riches stories. A new Canadian arrives penniless and within two decades, he’s a multi-millionaire. Someone from the wrong side of the tracks gets spotted, tries out for an audition and becomes a well paid actress. It makes a great movie plot. Cinderella, The Blind Side, Prince and the Pauper and Slumdog…

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Making Money in Real Estate

You’ve asked for more real estate posts, and here it is.  Rachelle makes a living in investment real estate and will share with you some trade secrets. It is possible to make lots of money in real estate, but it can be difficult to get basic information. American information is abundant but much of it…

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Aligning Your Dreams, Financial and Otherwise

Marriage has many benefits only some of which are financial. Shared housing, splitting pension income and shared resources are just a few of the financial advantages to being married. If you are in it for the long haul being married also comes with compromise. It’s not always possible to follow both sets of dreams when…

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RESP Portfolio Update – March 2010

It’s been over year since my last RESP portfolio update and probably would have been longer if it wasn’t for a reader request for a quick update. Our RESP portfolio for our child is setup with TD e-Series mutual funds which provide a low cost way to index the market.  I chose to go with mutual funds…

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