Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey June 2010 Net Worth Update  With summer underway, it’s the time of year where vacations are plenty and things slow down a bit in online world. Trading volumes decrease, markets slow down, and blog followers are busy enjoying the sunshine.  On the same note, my net worth increases continue to be…

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With the big news these days about our national Finance Minister pushing for Canada Pension Plan reform, it got me thinking about the consequences of the idea.  The proposed legislation is to increase Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits, thus increase the associated contributions.  However, full details have not yet been released. CPP Background Information For…

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This is a column by regular contributor Clark. A friend of mine who holds a Masters in International Studies had a dilemma a while back about whether to pursue her dream of getting a doctorate from Switzerland’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies now or take care of immediate concerns and put off the…

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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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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a popular way to get real estate exposure without directly owning the physical property.  But as they are equities, how do we go about analyzing if they are good value? I’ve mentioned numerous times before that I’m cautious over buying income trusts as the bulk of them pay out…

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This is an article from our regular real estate columnist Rachelle. Essential to the process of attracting the best of tenants is preparing your house or apartment for rent. Great tenants have many viable alternatives to your rental so getting them to pick your place over the others is vital. Whether I am in charge…

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