There are two broad approaches to investing: active and passive. Both aim to make money but how do they differ?
Three simple strategies can have an enormous impact on your investment returns. I call them FTD - Fees, Taxes and Diversification.
Frankly, the only reason for retirees to own Canadian stocks is the tax advantaged nature of the dividend tax cred
Most financial professionals in Canada are licensed as salespeople with no fiduciary duty to clients. Most bank "Advisors" (not the same as Financial Advisers believe it or not) are basically salespeople with little training who are rewarded for selling over priced bank mutual funds.
The good news is that there is one remarkably good deal for income investors – the Canadian dividend tax credit
The S&P 500 is up 155% since 2012, but that is unlikely to continue. We have been in an economic expansion since 2009. We are currently in month 116 of this expansion. (The longest economic expansion in modern history was 120 months). Similarly, the stock market, at least the US market, has been on a... Continue Reading →
PART 2: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) In addition to Dividend Growers as a means to inflation proof your investment income, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) ETFs offer another option. REITs are companies that invest in a wide variety of real estate, including shopping centres, office buildings, retirement residences, hotels, apartment buildings, and industrial/warehouse buildings.... Continue Reading →
PART 1: Dividend Growers A colleague recently raised a very good question. How do I invest so that my income keeps up with inflation? We are all living much longer and we need to develop investing strategies that will provide cost of living adjusted income for 20, 30 years or more. With inflation at even... Continue Reading →