Building Wealth And Being Happy

A Practical Guide To Financial Independence

Category: Canada

It’s Not Just New Cars That Are Killing Our Wallets, Health, and Happiness

North Americans buy a lot of new cars. Robb Engen over at Boomer & Echo recently posted about Canadians setting a fourth consecutive record year in new car purchases, snapping up almost 2 million new vehicles in 2016. Wow. For a country of only 36 million people including children and the elderly, that’s an incredible statistic. U.S. buyers also set a record, buying 17.5 million new cars. Robb went on […]

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How Much Cash Should Be In Your Emergency Fund?

This is probably one of the questions that I get asked most often. To make sure we’re all on the same page, an emergency fund is: Money, usually kept in a savings account, for use in the event of an emergency. Emergencies could have a wide range of causes, such as finding out that a family of squirrels has stashed the corn that you were using to feed deer in […]

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Currency Risk And Home Country Bias

I’m getting a lot of questions about asset allocation and the percentage of your equities (stocks) you should allocate to your home country. This is a much bigger question for those of us who live outside of the world’s largest economy but still want to be heavily invested in it. With that in mind, I’m posting an excerpt on currency risk from my book. This is a controversial topic so […]

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Norbit’s Gambit – An Investment Fee Lowering Technique

In Building Wealth And Being Happy: A Practical Guide To Financial Independence, we discussed how even the smallest of investment fees can have a large, expensive impact on your portfolio. Management expense ratios (MER), made up of both operational and administrative fees, are even higher in Canada than they are south of the border. For this reason, many Canadians who are striving for fee-optimal portfolios use a strategy called Norbit’s […]

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Where To Put Your Savings – Canada [Flowchart]

If you’ve read my book Building Wealth And Being Happy: A Practical Guide To Financial Independence, you may remember that I had to cut some of the images out because of formatting issues. Here’s a flowchart that will help you prioritize your savings if you’re Canadian. If you’re American, get out of here! Go to your own flowchart.   Emergency fund. Keep 3-6 months worth of expenses in a high […]

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