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New baby, new budget

Six budgeting essentials for bringing up baby For new parents, one thing’s for certain with the arrival of that new little person – your household budget will change drastically. And many will find the transition something of a challenge. But there are...

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Portfolio strategy in falling markets

Sell in haste, repent at leisure The big stock market indexes have been on a steep slide since the beginning of the year. Anyone with a passive, “buy-and-hold” type of equity portfolio will know the discomfort this can cause as each day brings another shrinkage in...

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How to avoid investment scams

Stop the bad guys in their tracks with these tips Investment frauds and scams have ballooned during the pandemic as do-it-yourself investors, staying at home, had more time on their hands to get into trouble. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reports that...

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How to cope with market volatility

Markets may fluctuate, but solid investment principles abide The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had predictable effects on financial and commodity markets. In addition to increasing market volatility, the big U.S. stock indexes are well down from their 52 week...

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Alternatives to ‘high yield’ savings accounts

No need to settle for nothing You may as well face facts: You can’t “save” a million dollars. A recent survey of the market showed that the highest rate paid in a standard, plain-vanilla high interest deposit savings account (the kind that most banks and large...

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Money talk tips for couples

Important to be open and honest about financial matters Couples in a serious romantic relationship really don’t want to talk about money. And it’s probably not quite the suitable topic when you’re dating early in a relationship. But when things get more serious,...

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Back to the (investing) basics

Revisit basic principles in volatile times New investors who began trading on their online brokerage platforms last year when stock indexes were soaring to record highs could be forgiven for wondering what happened. The New Year has not been particularly kind to...

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Six advisory traps and pitfalls to watch for

How to ensure you get value for the cost of advice The financial advice business is a big one. Advocis, the Financial Advisors Association of Canada, represents more than 17,000 members across the country. And the Investment Funds Institute of Canada reports that...

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Three investment principles for novice investors

How to start building a portfolio that’s right for you As the big stock market indexes scale to new highs, seemingly daily, a growing number of novice investors are tempted to open online trading accounts and get into the game, for fear of missing out. Trouble is,...

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Making a financial fresh start

September is the time to get down to business September is typically a time for fresh starts. Vacations are over and schools are opening again. This year, especially, has more of a “fresh start” feel to it with Covid restrictions lifting and a return to normalcy on...

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