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2019 Investment Portfolio Update

One of the main reasons for my blog and investment update hiatus over the last few months, was that I was in the process of both selling my condo, and purchasing a townhouse with my partner. This purchase had a major impact on my investments, as I sold a large amount of my investments to contribute to my new down payment. Today I do a recap of my investments, savings and equity, to see where I'm at after the (most likely) biggest purchase of my life. Overview Here is an overall look at my net worth, broken up into 3 main categories: My investments mainly consist of different …

Showdown: Which is the Best Reward Credit Card

I’ve written in the past about the ongoing battle between two main credit cards fighting for my purchases – the Tangerine Money-Back MasterCard Cash back card and the Scotiabank Momentum VISA Infinite card. The Scotiabank Momentum VISA Infinite card was the previous winner, but with implemented changes, and a new challenger, the Scotiabank Gold American Express, things look different as of October 2019. Let's take a look at which card is the best reward credit card. Scotiabank Momentum VISA Infinite Changes During 2019, Scotiabank made some changes to their premium cash back credit …

Passive Index Investing with ETFs – what are they, how much do they cost, where to buy

Previously, I’ve written about passive index investing thought TD e-Series, Tangerine Investment Funds, and Robo Advisors. Today I look at passive investing with ETFs, and specifically, ETFs recommended as part of the Canadian Couch Potato index investment strategy. Using this strategy can help you invest across global markets, paying little in investment fees and provide steady growth for your money over the long term. Related: Step-by-step: How to sign up to Questrade What are ETFs? Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are indexes of stocks or bonds that usually have a very low management …

January/February 2019 – Investment Portfolio Growth

2019 has started with a bang when it comes to my investments. And that's a good thing! After the later part of 2018 saw a medium crash in the value of many of my index investments, the first 2 months of 2019 have made a great recovery. An updated property assessment also saw a large gain in my assets. Let's take a deeper in look in my January and February 2019 investment portfolio update. Overall Assets Generally positives across the board in the my investment assets for January and February. You'll notice a huge spike in my home equity, which I'll discuss further below. I was able …

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Step-by-step: How to sign up to Questrade to buy ETFs

Getting started with do-it-yourself investing can seem like a daunting task. Part of the reason ETFs are as cheap as they are is because you, as the investor, need to do some of the work by registering for investment accounts, and buying the correct funds. In a previous guide, I wrote about how Questrade is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to invest in ETFs. To make getting started even easier, I've put together a step-by-step guide on how to sign up to Questrade, and by using an offer code (515808154428084), getting up to $250 in cash bonuses as well! Read on to see every step of the …

Step-by-step: How to invest with Wealthsimple (Part 2)

In Part 1 of the "How to invest with Wealthsimple" guide, I went over first 2 steps of the sign up process: what types of personal information you need to provide, and the types of questions asked in the risk assessment process. In Part 2 of the guide, I'll show you the different types of accounts you can register for, and how to actually add funds to your Wealthsimple account. Sign up now to start investing with Wealthsimple and get your first $10,000 invested for free! Other resources Wealthsimple: What is it, how do I invest, and how much does it cost?Step-by-step: How to invest …

Step-by-step: How to invest with Wealthsimple (Part 1)

Starting with a robo advisor might seem complicated or confusing, but really it is the opposite. A few weeks ago I gave my review of the robo advisor Wealthsimple, what it's fees are and how it compares to other index investment methods. Today, I'll break down the simple 4 step process of how how to invest with Wealthsimple, including signing up and funding your account. Part 1 of the guide will go over the personal information step and the personal income and risk assessment step. Part 2 of the guide will look at the account types and funding your account steps. Sign up now to start …

Step-by-step: How to buy Tangerine Investment Funds

Getting started investing your money can seem like a daunting task. As I’ve written in a previous article, the Tangerine Investment Funds are a great option for those new to investing in index funds, and want a low-maintenance option for their investments (i.e. after you purchase, you can forget about them and they’ll do their thing).Today I’m going to go through the exact steps involved in purchasing Tangerine Investment Funds, and help take away some of the guess work. Related link: Tangerine investment funds – what are they, where do I buy them, and how much do they cost? Step 1: …

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2019 Investment Portfolio Update

One of the main reasons for my blog and investment update hiatus over the last few months, was that I was in the process of both selling my condo, and purchasing a townhouse with my partner. This purchase had a major impact on my investments, as I sold a large amount of my investments to contribute to my new down payment. Today I do a recap of my investments, savings and equity, to see where I'm at after the (most likely) biggest purchase of my …

Showdown: Which is the Best Reward Credit Card

I’ve written in the past about the ongoing battle between two main credit cards fighting for my purchases – the Tangerine Money-Back MasterCard Cash back card and the Scotiabank Momentum VISA Infinite card. The Scotiabank Momentum VISA Infinite card was the previous winner, but with implemented changes, and a new challenger, the Scotiabank Gold American Express, things look different as of October 2019. Let's take a look at which card is the best …

Step-by-step: How to sign up to Questrade to buy ETFs

Getting started with do-it-yourself investing can seem like a daunting task. Part of the reason ETFs are as cheap as they are is because you, as the investor, need to do some of the work by registering for investment accounts, and buying the correct funds. In a previous guide, I wrote about how Questrade is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to invest in ETFs. To make getting started even easier, I've put together a step-by-step guide on how to …

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