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The skyline of Vancouver forms a backdrop for multi-million dollars homes in the Kitsilano and MacKensie Heights neighbourhoods of Vancouver, BC on Aug. 3, 2011. (Jeff Vinnick/The Globe and Mail)
The skyline of Vancouver forms a backdrop for multi-million dollars homes in the Kitsilano and MacKensie Heights neighbourhoods of Vancouver, BC on Aug. 3, 2011. (Jeff Vinnick/The Globe and Mail)

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The homebuyer’s map of Canada Add to ...

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The homebuyer’s map of Canada

This infographic compares house prices in cities across the country. Vancouver is far and way the priciest. At the other end, we have Fredericton and Charlottetown.

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All about how important it is to ramp down your exposure to the stock market as you approach retirement.

An argument in favour of getting into dividend stocks now, even after many of these stocks have risen nicely in price in the past year or two.

A case is made here that adding some commodity exposure can enhance the diversification of a portfolio.

Beware exchange-traded funds based on indexes created strictly as a foundation on which to base an ETF product. The most attractive ETFs follow widely followed benchmark indexes like the S&P/TSX composite and the S&P 500.

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