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Archive for August 2014

Ending the Mortgage Paydown vs. Investing Debate

This post is from Mark Seed who runs My Own Advisor. A huge debt can kill your retirement plan.   This is not news.   While servicing debt, you can’t save very much money.   You can’t invest what you don’t save.  Taking on a mega-mortgage could be very stressful for young Canadians.  I should know.   We took…

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Net Worth Update August 2014 – Sean Cooper

Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey August 2014 Net Worth Update –  Team MDJ edition. A select group of readers were selected to be part of Team MDJ which was conceived after the million dollar  net worth milestone was achieved in June 2014.  Sean Cooper was selected as a team member and will post net worth…

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The Smith Manoeuvre Resource

Over the past year so, MDJ has posted many articles on the topic of using a HELOC to invest in equities aka: The Smith Manoeuvre. As I’ve been receiving quite a number of emails regarding the Smith Manoeuvre lately, this article compiles all the posts into a single Smith Manoeuvre Resource. Hopefully, you’ll find it…

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Traveling Overseas? Check out these Health-related Tips!

Overseas travel is a favorite pastime and/or goal for many people. Travel can provide a new experience through the chance to see great landscapes and monuments and meet new people and learn their culture, not to mention temporary relief from the monotony of everyday life. However, it is vital that a traveler stays healthy to…

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Smith Manoeuvre/Dividend Portfolio – Q2 2014 Update

For those of you just joining us, listed 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 started this portfolio in 2008 (at the height of the market) and write updates every…

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