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Do it yourself - or not?

Whether to hire an investment adviser or go it alone is made all the more important as markets take a tumble. Investment adviser Sheryl Purdy and author Gail Bebee go head to head

Mutual funds are down, but not out

Mutual funds are down, but not out

As stock markets crumbled last October, Canadian investors sold a staggering $8-billion worth of mutual funds in a single month, preferring to take their losses rather than suffer more sleepless nights.

A global garage sale, but not without risks

A global garage sale, but not without risks

When it comes to buying securities, the whole world is on sale. Heavily discounted prices are everywhere following the great market slaughter of 2008, and for the self-directed investor, it might be an ideal time to go bargain hunting.

Be cyber savvy

Be cyber savvy

Investors looking for tips among the sea of blogs and chat rooms on the Internet should beware that, at best, they offer a good place to start your research - but at worst, they're places to avoid.

Give yourself an edge

Give yourself an edge

Plenty of resources are available to help self-directed investors whip their portfolios into shape. Here's a look at 10 tools to get you started, or improve your financial savvy.

Weighing stocks? Consider the saints and sinners

Weighing stocks? Consider the saints and sinners

As you watched the value of your portfolio plummet and cast around desperately for something - anything - that will provide a decent return, you might be forgiven for setting aside notions of purely ethical equity investing.

Planning for your future, and beyond

Planning for your future, and beyond

A well-invested portfolio is only part of the picture when it comes to overall financial security for you and your family.

Lower fees, more bells and whistles

In the fourth quarter of 2008, with markets in full retreat, the number of new accounts rose 80 per cent from the third quarter, and 50 per cent from the same period in 2007.

Rookie mistakes, we've all made a few

Common errors that can sink a portfolio, from poor asset mixes to overly active investing.

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