Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey January 2011 Net Worth Update – The first update of the year. For those of you new to Million Dollar Journey, a monthly net worth update is typically posted near the end of the month (or beginning of the next) to track the progress of my journey to one…

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As Derek Foster (DF) is pretty well known in the finance space here in Canada, while reviewing his latest book The Idiot Millionaire, I thought it would be a good opportunity to snag an interview with him. My telephone conversation with Mr. Foster was casual, informative and entertaining. It turns out that my financial path…

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Derek Foster is back again with his fifth book – The Idiot Millionaire (link).  This book follows a common theme about investing,with the focus on “idiot proof” stocks rather than exclusively dividend achiever type stocks.  To Mr. Foster, idiot proof stocks are those that have global brand recognition and have a distinct competitive advantage. For…

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Since starting this blog, I’ve set financial goals every year to help keep me focused. One strategy that has been written a lot about a lot in the blog world is using the SMART goal strategy. SMART is an acronym for: S: SpecificM: MeasurableA: Attainable/ActionableR: Realistic/RelevantT: Time Based The SMART goal system is similar to…

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As this was the first Christmas that our toddler really understood the concept of “Santa Clause”, the number of gifts under the tree were greater than ever.  Christmas has become magical again in our household.  Along with regular toys,  some family members gave cash as a gift.  What’s better than cash right?  While the amount…

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As I like to stay accountable for my finances, I set financial goals every year.  Last years goals were fairly aggressive and although I’m happy with the way things worked out, there was some room for improvement.  Out of the six goals, three were achieved, one made good progress, and two just didn’t happen.  Lets…

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