Is your investment advisor legitimate?

Sources for checking on an advisor’s registration and disciplinary history I am a big fan of the combination of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) investing with Advice-Only, Fee-for-Service financial planning. I think it can be a cost-effective combination for many. On the other hand, there are many people who...

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Taxation of Investment Income

An Introduction to Tax Planning – Part 4 You think of yourself and your spouse along with your two children as an average family. Like me you are a resident of London, Ontario. Between the two of you, you earn about $80,000 per year or about...

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The ETF: Building a Better Fund?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.6 Is the ETF a Better Fund? Tax Efficiency Due to the differences in the way mutual funds and ETFs are created and redeemed, there tends to be bit more tax efficiency in the case of ETFs. Therefore, if you have...

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The ETF: What is it?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.5 For decades the mutual fund has dominated the investment world of the average Canadian. You could walk into your local bank or credit union, get a recommendation from your friendly financial advisor, invest as little as $100, set...

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The Wide World of Mutual Fund Categories

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.4 Diversification is one of the main benefits of mutual funds. With one purchase you can buy a piece of a wide variety of securities. Nevertheless, some mutual funds are quite narrowly focused and should probably be complemented by...

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What a load of … fees!

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.2 Within my larger series on investment planning, this is the second post on mutual funds. Mutual funds are popular investment vehicles for investors because they give you instant diversification in a single purchase and they can be bought...

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