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Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1
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The Sharing Economy and Taxes
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Comparing Traditional to Evidence-Based Investing
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Women, the Great Wealth Transfer, and Financial Planning
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Tax Bill Too High? Try This Trick

Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1

Business Insider published “8 money mistakes the middle class keeps making” to focus on one economic group but these mistakes can be made by anyone no matter how much money they have. It is likely that the focus is on the middle class because the wealthy have enough and those who are impoverished have just enough to get by. Actually, anyone can find themselves gaining or losing wealth due to unexpected circumstances but if you follow sound financial planning principles, you can protect yourself from sudden losses.

Overall, we get messages from our culture about seizing the day. …

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The Sharing Economy and Taxes

If you rent out a room to others using airbnb or a similar site, if you drive your car for Uber (or an alternative), or if you otherwise take part in the sharing economy, the money you earn may be taxable. (Psst: Even if you get paid in cash without any record of the transaction, you still may be liable for income tax on the earnings.) This is true whether this is a one-time thing or if you treat it like a side-gig. Plus, if you don’t earn cash but rather get something else of value in exchange (such as …

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Comparing Traditional to Evidence-Based Investing

Evidence-based investing integrates a similar methodology as the more widely known evidence-based medicine, which incorporates broadly accepted research with sound design to optimize the decision-making thought process for the best outcome for the patient. The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford in the United Kingdom has high praise for the process, noting that, “Evidence-Based Medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and …

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Women, the Great Wealth Transfer, and Financial Planning

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about ‘the great wealth transfer’ that is taking place—as time goes on women will control more money than before. Morningstar Canada recently published an article about this noting, “Because of longer life expectancies and advances in the workplace, women in North America are controlling an ever-growing share of wealth. According to a report by the BMO Wealth Institute, women in the United States currently control US$14 trillion – more than half the country’s personal wealth — and that figure is expected to grow to US$22 trillion by 2020.”

This …

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Tax Bill Too High? Try This Trick

loanSome individuals get the nice surprise of a big tax refund every tax year (if this is you, don’t be too happy – you’ve been lending Uncle Sam money interest free). Other folks get the unpleasant surprise of having to write a big check to Uncle Sam. For the latter individuals, there may be a way to lower their tax bill and save more for retirement.

Let’s look at an example. Assume an individual has a tax bill of $4,000 and they want to reduce this. Naturally, there are other deductions they may qualify for, but in this case, they’ve …

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