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Happy New Year and Weekend Links

It’s New Years Eve already which means another year is coming to an end. 2010 was a great year, but here’s to making 2011 even better!  Happy New Year! 2010 A Look Back @ Canadian Money Forum 20 Simple Steps To Improve Your Finances Next Year @ Boomer and Echo Billionaire Winners and Losers from…

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Happy Holidays and Giveaway Winners!

Before we get started with the giveaway winners, I’d like to take a moment and wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.  As most of you are celebrating over the next few days, our family will be doing the same.  Having said that, I’m going to take a few days off…

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Bah Humbug! : 3 Ways to Be More Like Scrooge

This column was originally posted last Christmas. A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite redemption stories. Charles Dickens introduces Ebenezer Scrooge as a wealthy but miserly man whose quest to save money hurts himself and others around him. In the end, he is a changed man. Scrooge gets a bad reputation because we tend…

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iPod Giveaway Reminder and Weekend Links

A quick reminder that the 32gb iPod Touch giveaway ends tomorrow. If you haven’t entered already, you can read more about the anniversary celebration here. How to Avoid or Reduce Bank Fees @ One Year Ago Eight Ways to Avoid Car Financing Mistakes @ Wallet Pop 5 Ways To Deal With Holiday Stress & Battle…

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Lending Money to Friends

This is a column from regular contributor Clark. I’ve read that one should avoid loaning money to friends (and relatives) and do so only if it is money or relationship they can afford to lose. I’ve not loaned money to anyone yet, but I’ve been the beneficiary a couple of times during my school days.…

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Smith Manoeuvre Portfolio – December 2010

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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