Mutual Funds: Investing for the Masses

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.1 What is a mutual fund? At its simplest a mutual fund is a pool of money that has been invested in a collection of stocks – in the case of an equity fund – that have been chosen by...

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What’s so “common” about Common Stock?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 4 If you are the kind of person who “follows the stock market,” that is, you watch the stock prices crawl across the bottom of the TV screen while your dentist is up to his elbows in your mouth,...

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Should I prefer Preferred Shares?

Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 3 Stocks and bonds are the two most common categories for investments, at least for the average “retail” investor like you and me. You may have heard about preferred stock (or shares – the terms are interchangeable) but have wondered...

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Risk and Choice in Fixed Income Investing

Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 2.2 In my previous post I wrote about some of the basics of bonds as well as their benefits. This post continues the discussion with an examination of the risks of investing in bonds and the ways you can buy...

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What is a Fixed Income Investment?

Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 2.1 Bonds are fixed income investments “Stocks and bonds”: These are the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio. I will write about stocks in an upcoming post, but after my discussion of cash or cash-like assets (e.g., savings accounts) in...

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When You Work for the Church: How to Manage Your Money

This article was written at the request of my friend April Yamasaki for publication on her blog When You Work for the Church.   About April The following biography is from her website, AprilYamasaki.com. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications,...

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A plan for those with disabilities – the RDSP

An introduction to registered plans – Part 5 What is the purpose of an RDSP? “A Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for...

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The recipe for sweetening education savings – the RESP

  An Introduction to Registered Plans – Part 4 What is an RESP? A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is designed to support saving for postsecondary education. The account owners, known as subscribers, are usually parents or grandparents of the beneficiary children.   What are the different types of RESPs? Individual...

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