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Do you know how much your mutual funds, index funds and ETFs are costing you?


Do you know how much your mutual funds, index funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are costing you? Over your lifetime you may unknowingly end up paying $96,000 to $3M in fees. Let me show you how to avoid paying those fees.

Why the fee?
All funds carry a fee, it's know as an MER (Management Expense Ratio). The MER includes the management fee plus the fund's day-to-day operating expenses, employee salaries, office space, office equipment, record keeping, fund valuation costs, audit a…

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Can you predict which way the stock market will go?


Will the stock market continue to rise or drop this year? Are you worried about another stock market crash? Are you concerned that your mutual funds, index funds, ETFs, or stocks will drop in value? No one can predict if the stock market will go up or down.

With COVID-19 still present and more lock-downs introduced world-wide, this only adds more uncertainty. Volatility is a part of life and a part of the stock markets. The only thing constant is change, change will occur, and no one …

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Here's how you can earn more with dividends

When it comes to investing there are three ways to make money:

Option 1: buy a stock at a low price and then sell it when the stock price goes up
Option 2: buy stocks that pay dividends
Option 3: buy stocks that pay increasing dividends

Today, I will to cover Option 3, to show you how to earn more money.

What is a dividend?

A dividend is a payment (share of profits) made to you from the company just for being a shareholder. For example if a company is paying a dividend of $1/share, and you…

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Individual stock investing versus buying an ETF

Do you own Index Funds or ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)? Is it better to buy individual stocks or just own Index Funds? This month I answer these questions based on a reader's email I received recently...

Reader's email
I recently received the following email:
"I discovered an ETF (index fund) that only buys the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Index. I noticed those 30 stocks also appear in your Simply Investing Report. Instead of investing in individual stocks, shouldn't I just bu…

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Does fear and the complexity of stocks keep you from investing?

Does fear and the complexity of stocks keep you from investing? Let's take a look at both of these concerns to help you start earning more money quickly, safely, and reliably.

Is investing complicated?
Investing isn't complicated but the industry wants to make it appear complex so you'll have no choice but to hand over your hard earned money to them. When they (stock brokers, mutual fund, index fund, and ETF companies) invest on your behalf they make money from fees. In fact they make money wh…

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How should you invest during uncertain times?

How should you invest during uncertain times? Is it better to do nothing? Or is there another way to continue building a solid portfolio that generates passive income for you?

The cost of doing nothing
Fear might cause you to not invest. But generally this fear comes from a lack of knowledge -- not knowing how to invest, not knowing what to invest in, and not knowing that it is normal for stock markets to go up and down. Over the long-term, inflation will reduce your earning power and any money …

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Worried about a stock market crash?

Note: This post was originally written in April 2020 during the COVID19 pandemic.

The only constant in life is change. If you expect change then you are able to make better decisions. In our case, better investing decisions. I know this last month has not been easy watching the value of your investment portfolio go down. Let's take a look at some of the bad news and good news...

The bad news
There has been no shortage of bad news this past month:

  • countries are reporting record unemploy…

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Major drop in the stock market. Should you keep investing?

Note: This post was originally written in March 2020, when the Dow stood 14% below its all-time high of 29,551 set on Feb. 12, 2020.

Major drop in the stock market last week. Should you keep investing?

Market drop

Last week (Feb 24-28, 2020) the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 3,583 points, or 12%. It was the steepest weekly percentage decline since the 2008 financial crisis. The index now stands 14% below its all-time high of 29,551 set on Feb. 12th. It all sounds dim until you broaden …

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An Interview with Engineer My Freedom

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Derek the blogger behind the awesome blog Engineer My Freedom.

Derek is a relatively new blogger and his blog covers my favorite topic, dividend investing!  So I invited him to share his investing knowledge and experience with us.

Kanwal: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

Derek: My Name is Derek and I am from a small city called Waterford in the Republic of Ireland. I have two main passions which are personal finance and technology.…

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Should you invest when stock prices are high?

Note: This post was originally written in February 2020, when the Dow reached a new high of over 29,000 points.

Should you invest when stock prices are high? The stock market continues to break new records and recently surpassed 29,500 points. As an investor, should you invest in stocks that are over-priced? The short answer is no.

Avoid buying overvalued stocks

When the stock market is high, generally stock prices are also high. High prices might be good for selling and taking a profit, …

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