This is written by our resident real estate guru Rachelle. In many of my past columns I have discussed the problems of buying real estate in our current market. I have mostly decried that current prices, even at today’s interest rates, are too high to make a profit. I have also warned of the dangers…

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With the talks of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) bidding on the company Intoll for $3.2 billion, it got me curious to do more research on the deal.   InToll owns 30% of the Toronto toll highway 407 and 25% of a toll highway Westlink M7 in Sydney Australia.  The CPPIB interest in the company was…

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This is a column by regular contributor Clark Recently, a friend went overseas (the US) on a temporary assignment. He is a perennial last-minute income tax filer and so, I joked that the tax deadline in the US is two weeks before the Canadian one and that he might want to advance his last-minute rush…

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“I’ve always said if you spend 13 minutes a year on economics, you’ve wasted 10 minutes.” – Peter Lynch Many investors believe there is some sort of cause-and-effect between the stock market and the economy. They think that if they can predict the general direction of the economy, it will help them predict the direction…

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This is a column by real estate writer Rachelle. Does it ever make sense to buy a real estate investment that is cash flow negative? Of course it does! Sure we’d all rather buy a nice well maintained cash flowing building stuffed to the gills with working professionals who all pay their rent by postdated…

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