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Robb & Marie Engen

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Boomer & Echo
General Finance
Investing, Retirement
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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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“Past performance is not an indicator of future results.” Investors have heard this disclaimer for years, yet when it comes to picking investments we can’t help but look to a fund’s historical results to determine its quality. Indeed, it’s one of the first questions asked whenever I mention the idea of switching to an indexed […] The post Past Performance and Your Investing Returns appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2018 @ 8:00 AM
CBC Go Public continues to do excellent investigative reporting and this week they caught banks behaving badly again, this time misleading and upselling customers on pricey credit card insurance. Known as balance protection insurance, this product charges a hefty premium (typically around 99 cents per $100 balance) to “protect” cardholders from missed payments as a […] The post Weekend Reading: Banks Behaving Badly (Again) Edition appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Nov 10 2018 @ 8:55 PM
I researched the best high interest savings accounts in Canada and found a significant difference when comparing savings accounts between banks. The post Canadian High Interest Savings Account Comparison appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Nov 06 2018 @ 9:00 AM
I was caught by surprise when Daylight Saving Time ended this weekend but I’m thankful for the gift of time with an extra hour I didn’t know I had Sunday morning. Many jurisdictions have considered abandoning Daylight Saving Time, including the European Union. The EU Commission surveyed 4.6 million people and found that 84 percent called […] The post Weekend Reading: Daylight Saving Edition appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Nov 04 2018 @ 2:29 PM
While cannabis stocks got much of the attention from investors this year, a different type of green investment is beginning to emerge in global markets. Green Bonds are used to fund environmental and climate-friendly projects such as renewables, energy efficiency, water efficiency, bioenergy, low carbon and green buildings, to name a few. This rapidly expanding […] The post CoPower Green Bonds: Good For The Planet (And Your Portfolio) appeared first on ...
Posted: Oct 31 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Who wants to give away their monies to government agencies? Raise your hand. Obviously there should be no hands going up right about now. The cliché is that you work hard for your money. You don’t want to give that money away, needlessly. As Canadians we can pay some very high tax rates on income […] The post Year End Tax Traps For Investors appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 8:00 AM
We partner with a comparison site called creditcardGenius to share the best rewards cards in Canada and keep you informed of the latest promotions and sign-up bonuses. I prefer it over other comparison sites because creditcardGenius offers an objective, math-based scoring system that sorts through 189 Canadian credit cards and recommends the best rewards card […] The post Weekend Reading: Free Gift Card Edition appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Oct 27 2018 @ 8:52 PM
In The Essential Retirement Guide, author Fred Vettese argues that the widely accepted retirement income target of 70 percent of final pay is too high. A more realistic retirement income target, according to Mr. Vettese, may be closer to 50 percent and in some cases could be as low as 35-40 percent (i.e. for couples […] The post A Realistic Retirement Income Target appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Oct 25 2018 @ 7:00 AM
My wife and I hiked up Grouse Mountain yesterday. It’s a gruelling three kilometre, 2,830 step, near vertical climb known as the Grouse Grind. At the quarter mark there’s a sign warning hikers that the trail gets even more narrow and steep from here, and if you can’t go on, this is the only point […] The post Weekend Reading: Grouse Grind Edition appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Oct 20 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Young readers often ask for investing tips and wonder how to get started. My typical response is that once you have a good handle on your finances – no credit card debt, student loans fully paid (or close to it), some cash saved up for emergencies, short-term goals are funded (or on the way) – […] The post An Investing Guide For Beginners appeared first on Financial Freedom. ...
Posted: Oct 15 2018 @ 9:40 AM


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