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76 Tips For Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Canadians For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Protect and strengthen your financial holdings during troubled economic times

Want to make the right investment decisions in an uncertain market? This concise, practical guide gives you 76 smart tips for saving your money and meeting both your short- and long-term financial goals. You'll see how to safely accumulate wealth, consolidate and protect gains, and make the best investment allocations in troubling ...

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76 Tips For Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Canadians For Dummies

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Overview

Protect and strengthen your financial holdings during troubled economic times

Want to make the right investment decisions in an uncertain market? This concise, practical guide gives you 76 smart tips for saving your money and meeting both your short- and long-term financial goals. You'll see how to safely accumulate wealth, consolidate and protect gains, and make the best investment allocations in troubling times.

  • Get your finances in order — manage debt, assess your insurance, improve your credit score, and create a safety net
  • Understand investment vehicles and accounts — from money markets and annuities to mutual and exchange-traded funds to stocks, bonds, commodities, and more
  • Make effective asset allocation decisions — know your risk tolerance, diversify your holdings, and rebalance your assets
  • Pay less tax on your investments — take advantage of your Tax-Free Savings Account and Registered Retirement and Education Savings Plans, and get the most out of your taxable investments
  • Save for retirement — determine how much you'll need, diversify your holdings, and minimize your portfolio risk
  • Take care of others — help adult children or elderly parents with large expenses and see how to preserve your assets to pass on to your heirs

Open the book and find:

  • 76 tips from top independent financial advisors
  • Focussed strategies for every level of investor that work during the good times and the bad
  • Guidance on building a conservative, moderate, or aggressive portfolio
  • Ways to reduce your investment risk
  • Advice on rebalancing your assets
  • Tips for acquiring undervalued investments
  • Methods to make your money last throughout your retirement, even in the face of economic turmoil
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470677322
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sheryl Garrett is founder of the Garrett Planning Network, an international network of financial advisors. Investment Advisor magazine has named Garrett one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Financial Planning industry. Camilla Cornell is an award-winning freelance personal finance writer and the co-author of Flipping Houses For Canadians For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Laying a Solid Foundation.

Tip #1: Keep Your Feet on the Ground.

Tip #2: Realize That This Has Happened Before (And Will Happen Again).

Tip #3: Plan for Life’s Uncertainties.

Tip #4: Protect Your Ability to Earn Income.

Tip #5: Assess Your Disability Insurance.

Tip #6: Assess Your Life Insurance.

Tip #7: Take Stock of Your Current Financial Picture.

Tip #8: Save.

Tip #9: Manage Your Debt.

Tip #10: Improve Your Credit Score.

Tip #11: Set and Prioritize Financial Goals.

Tip #12: Don’t Let Your Money Beliefs Sabotage Your Goals.

Tip #13: Avoid Common Mistakes in a Down Market.

Part II: Using Investment Vehicles and Accounts throughout the Economic Cycle.

Tip #14: Include Cash Reserves: Savings, GICs, and Money Market Accounts.

Tip #15: Government Bonds: Loaning The Government Your Money.

Tip #16: Decide Whether Fixed Annuities Are Right for You.

Tip #17: Simplify with Target-Date Funds.

Tip #18: Invest in Mutual Funds.

Tip #19: Hedge Your Bets with Segregated Funds.

Tip #20: Invest in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs).

Tip #21: Diversify with Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Tip #22: Consider a Wrap Account.

Tip #23: Invest in Individual Stocks.

Tip #24: Invest in Individual Bonds.

Tip #25: Hedge with Options.

Tip #26: Invest in Commodities.

Tip #27: Consider Short-Selling.

Tip #28: Use Caution When Buying on Margin.

Tip #29: Get the Most Out of Your Taxable Accounts.

Tip #30: Invest in Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs).

Tip #31: Make the Most of Your Employer Retirement Accounts.

Tip #32: Set Up a Tax-Free Savings Account.

Part III: Demystifying Risk: Accumulating and Protecting Wealth.

Tip #33: Understand Investment Risks.

Tip #34: Sort Through an Investment’s Return.

Tip #35: Assess Your Ability to Absorb Losses.

Tip #36: Create a Portfolio You Can Grow and Consume.

Tip #37: Allocate Your Assets to Minimize Risk.

Tip #38: Rebalance Your Asset Allocation.

Tip #39: Diversify Your Stock Portfolio by Size.

Tip #40: Diversify Your Stock Portfolio by Valuation.

Tip #41: Diversify Your Stock Portfolio by Country.

Tip #42: Diversify Your Portfolio by Industry.

Tip #43: Diversify Your Bond Portfolio.

Tip #44: Diversify Your Portfolio with Alternative Vehicles.

Tip #45: Employ a Conservative Portfolio.

Tip #46: Employ a Moderate Portfolio.

Tip #47: Employ an Aggressive Portfolio.

Part IV: Investing for Accumulators.

Tip #48: Save for Emergencies.

Tip #49: Provide for Large Expenses.

Tip #50: Plan to Provide for the Kids.

Tip #51: Save for Retirement Regardless of the Shape of the Economy.

Tip #52: Determine How Much Money Is Enough for the Rest of Your Life.

Tip #53: Tips for Beginning Investors.

Tip #54: Investments for Beginning Investors.

Tip #55: Strategies for Intermediate Investors.

Tip #56: Investments for Intermediate-Stage Investors.

Part V: Heading into Retirement.

Tip #57: Be Prepared to Fund Large Expenses.

Tip #58: Consider Working in Retirement.

Tip #59: Use Your Home as a Source of Income.

Tip #60: Understand Retirement Resources.

Tip #61: Make Sure You’re Accumulating Enough.

Tip #62: Allocate Assets at the Current Stage of Your Life.

Tip #63: Minimize Your Portfolio Risk.

Tip #64: Manage Your Registered Retirement Plan Investments.

Tip #65: Invest to Supplement Income Needs.

Part VI: Living on Your Investment Earnings and Drawing Down Your Assets.

Tip #66: Benefits Timing: Make CPP/QPP Work for You.

Tip #67: Get the Most Out of Your Pension.

Tip #68: Understand Your Employer Retirement Plan.

Tip #69: Take Stock of Your Registered Accounts.

Tip #70: Use Your Taxable, Partially Taxable, and Non-Taxable Investments Wisely.

Tip #71: Allocate Assets in the Active Stage of Retirement.

Tip #72: Allocate Your Assets for the Slow-Down Stage of Retirement.

Tip #73: Allocate Your Assets During the Late Stage of Life.

Tip #74: Preserve Assets to Pass on to Your Heirs.l

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Tip #75: Ten Tips for Building a Solid Financial Foundation.

Tip #76: Ten Tips to Minimize Risk.

Index.

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