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Ask the Readers: What’s in Your Wallet?

The personal finance blog group, The Money Writers, came up with the idea of writing a post about the contents of a blogger’s wallet.  As it’s a regular occurrence for me to bare all (financially) on this blog, I agreed to play along as some of my readers may be curious as well. What’s my…

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Ask the Readers: Can One Save Too Much Money?

A new thread on Canadian Money Forum involves a question that got me thinking –  “Can You Save Too Much Money?” which originated from a Globe Investor case study article.  In the case study, Lucinda has well paying job, she is a  big saver, and has a lucrative defined benefit pension.  A financial advisor crunched…

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Ask the Readers: Living Paycheque to Paycheque?

I read a disturbing article in the Globe and Mail recently about how 59% of employed Canadians are living paycheque to paycheque.  What does that actually mean?  Simply that 6 out of 10 Canadians would be in financial trouble if their pay cheque was delayed by a week.  Yes… a week. Here is an excerpt…

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Ask the Readers: Is Organic Food Worth it?

After watching The Meatrix (note the spelling), my wife has been on an organic food only tear.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Meatrix and not inclined to watch, it’s about how poorly factory farm animals are treated to mass feed humans.  Organic foods, on the other hand, have standards as to how animals/plants…

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Ask the Readers: Smith Manoeuvre Advisors?

I’ve been getting numerous emails from readers looking for Smith Manoeuvre or leveraged investment advisors in their area.  The problem is, I don’t know any, but I’m wondering if you could help me out? Are you a Smith Manoeuvre advisor?  Or, do you know any Smith Manoeuvre advisors in your area? If so, please contact…

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Ask the Readers: Advice during a Bear Market?

Jordan emailed me an interesting question regarding giving advice during a bear market that really hit home for me. What do you say to someone who has completely lost faith in this falling market? If they’ve lost their ever loving minds and now think there will be bank runs, CDIC insurance won’t work, and they…

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Ask the Readers: How have higher gas prices affected you?

With higher gas prices being the norm these days, how have they affected your lifestyle?  Do you drive less? Have your driving habits changed? From where I live to my work place, there are very limited public transportation routes, so driving my car is pretty mandatory.  Even though I still drive every day, I practice…

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