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Net Worth Update March 2011 (+1.55%)

Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey March 2011 Net Worth Update. 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 million in net worth.  If you would…

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Moolala Book Review and Giveaway

Random House Publishing contacted me to review a new personal finance best seller, Moolala (link), which was written by Bruce Sellery.  The title sounded unique and interesting, so I gratefully accepted the book for review with a few copies for giveaway. Before I even had to chance to read it, I was seeing the book…

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StudioTax Review

StudioTax is free certified tax preparation software for Canadian personal income tax returns. It is provided by BHOK IT Consulting and is now also available for Quebec residents. I have been a user for the last few years and have not found a reason to change or try another free or paid tool. StudioTax suits…

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Back to Basics: How Self Directed RRSP’s Work

All about self directed RRSP’s A reader, who is just starting out in the finance world, wrote me an email asking me to explain self directed RRSP’s.  More specifically, here is the email: I was wondering if you could write something about self-directed RRSPs – what exactly they are and how to open and manage…

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Primer on Mutual Fund Fees – Ownership Fees

This is a post by our regular columnist Clark. Part I of the primer looked at the types of mutual fund sales loads charged by the typical mutual fund. This post will touch upon more ways that mutual funds use to take their share of one’s investment. Management Expense Ratio (MER) The Management Expense Ratio…

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Buying Foreclosures in Canada – The Process

Once upon a time, I was a landlord and owned a couple rental properties.  As this may be old news to some of you, what you may not know is that I purchased one of the properties via foreclosure or bank sale. As I’ve been a capitalist for as long as I can remember, it…

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