I’ve read more personal finance books than I care to admit. I’ve had more conversations about money with people than I’ve had about most other subjects. I enjoy getting a new perspective on money. There always seems to be something new to learn. Recently I found out about a side of banking I’d never heard…

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A relative recently approached me for investing advice.  This relative, we’ll call him Uncle Alex, is approaching retirement and is wondering how to create an income portfolio.  Uncle Alex was a small business owner for most of his working life and managed to accumulate a fair bit of capital to fund his retirement years. Some…

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For those of you just joining us, below 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. I write an update every so often to show new positions added along with any market…

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At the beginning of 2010, I picked 4 top stocks as part of a blogger stock picking competition.  As I was playing to win this year, I picked some pretty aggressive stocks which has come back to haunt me. My Top 4 Stock Picks for 2010 Hanwei Energy (HE.TO) – This Chinese company provides products…

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The healthcare debate going on south of us has me thinking. I’m grateful that I’ll never be denied basic healthcare for a pre-existing condition. I’m thankful that no matter how sick anyone in my family gets, the choice to see a doctor or go to the emergency room, will never be a financial decision. In…

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