How To Start Investing – Part I

Many times I am asked the following : “I want to invest. How do I get started?” At first I thought this would be easy, but after some thought and discussion I needed to think about this some more. There is a lot of bad advice out there, and people require a heads up on a lot of things they will encounter from other ‘investors‘, not to mention the media. I will give my best attempt to address them in this...

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NYSE Euronext Purchases Stake In Doha Stock Market

As many investors found out Tuesday morning, NYSE Euronext Inc purchased a 25% stake in Qatar’s Doha stock market. This purchase represents the largest investment the company has made in a foreign stock/commodities exchange. The company, as it has done before via agreements with, and purchases of other global exchanges, is looking to play a major role in helping to grow (and profit from) global equity markets (this time in...

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Pay Down Your Mortgage or Invest?

7/15/2008 EDIT: The information presented is based on the Canadian mortgage policies. It probably is not applicable to most Americans However, I believe Shaferfinancial’s comment below may better address the same topic, with knowledge of the American System. Please read it. —————– This is a question that comes up quite often, but I feel it is more of a personal finance question as it heavily...

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Seasonal Impacts On Investment & Business

I was on vacation at Mont-Tremblant this week. It was a very nice and relatively quiet place for a tourist location. Although its busier in the Winter (known for its skiing), from a business point of view it was too quiet in the summer. But I guess that goes for most Canadian tourist attractions, other than Niagara Falls. But then again, the falls is much less busy in the winter. Canada’s extreme seasonal changes make it...

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Canada begins trading carbon emission credits on the MCeX.

Canada begins trading carbon emission credits on the MCeX: The Montreal Climate Exchange (MCeX) began trading carbon emission credits on Friday (May 30 2008). The MCeX is a joint venture between the Montreal Exchange (MX) and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). The Montreal Climate Exchange is the first in Canada, and aims be the leading market for publicly traded environmental products in Canada. It will trade the Canadian carbon...

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