Finding Your Findependence

About Jonathan Chevreau

Jonathan Chevreau, one of Canada’s most prolific financial authors, is the incoming editor of MoneySense magazine, and a former personal finance columnist with the Financial Post for 19 years. He’s authored several mutual fund guides, two books on the stock market and wealth management, the financial novel Findependence Day, and most recently the National Post e-book, The Best of Jonathan Chevreau.

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Investing and the belief-behaviour contradiction

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To succeed at anything in life, you need some bedrock principles on which to act. To be a successful investor, you need a sound belief system, which includes the principle that wealth creation revolves either directly or indirectly around business ownership.
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Optimistic investing: be positive but avoid potential pitfalls

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By its very nature, long-term investing requires a leap of faith and a generally optimistic outlook on life. The investor believes first that there will be a future that will include him or her and second that the capital accumulated at a younger stage of life will have more value than if it had been spent as soon as it was earned. MORE

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A disciplined approach to overcoming late-in-life debt

POSTED BY Jonathan Chevreau

One symptom of our increasing tolerance of debt is a growing tendency to enter retirement while still in debt – either on credit cards or the mortgage. To some extent, this may be linked to the phenomenon of historically low interest-rate cards, which have been with us for several years now. MORE

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Understanding the appeal and the realities of ETFs

POSTED BY Jonathan Chevreau

If mutual funds were the leading investment craze of the late 20th century, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are the investment of choice for average investors in the early 21st century. The appeal of ETFs, driven by surging sales around the world and especially in North America, is easy to understand. MORE

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Maximizing the benefits of TFSAs for post-retirement income

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When you’re young and just embarking on the investing journey, RRSPs are a tempting vehicle because they give you the instant benefit of providing a juicy tax refund every spring. The higher the tax bracket you’re in, the bigger the deduction and the more compelling the case to max out your RRSP! MORE

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