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With some changes in the free credit card landscape, here is an updated list of free cash back credit cards that offer the best value.

Minimizing portfolio fees and trading commissions are certain ways to boost one’s investment returns. A Canadian Money Forum member inquires How Many Trades Did You Make in 2013 and What Did They Cost You.

With tax season around the corner and T4 and T5 slips coming in fast, Retire Happy Blog offers timely advice about RRSP and RRIF tax traps.

Many people view their financial advisor as the be-all and end-all for their retirement goals once they have hired them. However, Michael James on Money clears the air by writing about The Gap Between the Financial Advice You Need and What You Get.

Starting a sustainable living habit early in life is likely to teach kids about the value of preserving our environment. Sustainable Personal Finance offers 4 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Adopt Sustainable Practices.

With real estate prices showing no sign of cooling down, the ‘Buy or Rent’ debate continues. Young and Thrifty looks at the long-term picture by offering 3 Ways Renting in your Twenties Will Help Your Retirement.

What is the magic number for retirement? The simple answer is “It varies by the individual”. The Blunt Bean Counter concludes his 6-part series highlighting that fact and covering different aspects of the retirement puzzle before arriving at a number through How Much Money do I Need to Retire? Heck if I Know or Anyone Else Does! – Part 6.

Winter will be over soon but the cold spells are unrelenting in many regions. Canadian Finance Blog steps up to remind us that heating our homes need not have to break the bank by showing 10 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill.

After writing about how much is enough for retirement, My Own Advisor shifts gears to ask How much is enough? Life insurance edition.

Annual market returns may not necessarily translate to an investor’s personal returns as the human element is likely to keep the two at a distance. Boomer and Echo explains How The Behavior Gap Affects Investor Returns.

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5 Comments

  1. SST on February 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Regarding financial advisors, I’m sure you’ve all read the CBC by now:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/hidden-camera-investigation-uncovers-atrocious-investment-advice-1.2553560

  2. Mel on February 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Where are your job hunting tips?

  3. My Own Advisor on February 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for the mention FT!

    Your post about the best cash back credit cards in Canada is one everyone should read, a great list of options for those using plastic and paying it off regularly.

    Have a great weekend,
    Mark

  4. Michael James on February 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I didn’t see any mention of bid-ask spreads in the Canadian Money Forum thread. These costs are real even if not as visible as trading commissions. Thanks for the mention.

  5. SM on March 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Dont see job hunting tips here. would love to see those!

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