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TFSA Performance After 5 Years

The Money Sense magazine is doing their 2nd annual TFSA Race by sharing reader’s portfolio performances. What I find nice about the TFSA account aside from the tax free aspect is that everyone is on the same playing field. It doesn’t matter if you are worth millions or pennies. The rules are the same and since 2009, you can only have invested a maximum of $31,000.  The key question is how much is your $31,000 worth now? Related: TFSA Usage & Strategies Let me start by highlighting that I am enjoying a 15.35% annual return on my investments since 2009. I use the capital invested which is $31,000 to calculate the performance of my money. Note that my ROR includes the current market turbulence. Related: How To Calculate Your ROR Another performance metric for my TFSA account is ...
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Dividend Income – October 2014

The markets have been quite tumultuous these past weeks not to mentioned the price of oil impacting the energy sector. These are the moments where you want to have rules in place and follow through with your strategy regardless of where you are in your financial roadmap. I shared my core 7 Investing Rules that keep me grounded and in check with my portfolio. When markets are down, opportunities abound and those are the reasons to have some cash on the side. Theoretically, as the markets go up, one should start having more cash to jump in when the pull back comes around. Personally, I had some cash, not much though and I did not initiate any transactions. Related: Canadian Oil Giants Review Dividend Income October is just a regular month with my dividend income. I earned a total of $670.24 for ...
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My 7 Investing Rules

Having investing rules is important as it is what keeps you from following the flock and making questionable moves. How often do you resist buying a hot stock? With some investing rules, you can avoid falling for hot tips or becoming emotional. I will be the first to admit that it has taken me a few years to really sort out my rules. The goal is not to have a long list but to have some core rules that you cannot ignore when investing. It keeps you honest to your goals. Investing Rules 1. Invest only in what I know and understand Peter Lynch said it best, if you cannot explain the business so that a child can understand it, then it’s probably too complicated. This mantra is the first filter I apply to the companies I put on my stock watch list. Related: Managing Your Stock Watch List 2. ...
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