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The Yield Shield: Taxes

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I thought I was done talking about this, but due to the high level of interest in this series, I’m going to do one more article on this, as well as create a series that you can access from the menu bar. Just hover over “Series” and you’ll see a link to the Yield Shield articles. So to recap, we’ve covered the Four Pillars of the Yield Shield, which are: Preferred Shares Real Estate Investment Trusts Corporate/High Yield Bonds High-Dividend Stocks And we also talked about how to put these pillars together to boost the yield of your portfolio and […]

The Yield Shield: Putting it all Together

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Today we will be concluding our multi-part series on the Yield Shield. Over the past few weeks we wrote about all the parts that make up the Yield Shield, namely: Preferred Shares Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Corporate/High Yield Bonds Dividend Stocks And throughout it all, people have been emailing me asking “Yeah that’s great, but how do I put it all together to assemble my own Yield Shield?” So today we’re going to be talking about exactly that. It’s All About Pivoting Building a Yield Shield isn’t hard. It’s simply a matter of taking your existing low-cost indexed portfolio […]

The Yield Shield: Dividend Stocks

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This header image may be confusing to most of you when talking about dividends, but by the end of this article it will all make sense, I promise. Today we will be rounding out our article series on the Yield Shield. So far, we’ve discussed three pillars of the yield shield, which are: Preferred Shares Real Estate Investment Trusts Corporate Bonds Today we will be discussing the 4th and final pillar of the Yield Shield: High-Dividend Stocks. What is a Dividend? To give some background, as a company grows and makes money, they can basically choose to do two things […]

The Yield Shield: Corporate Bonds & High Yield Bonds

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Continuing on our little mini-series on how we build our Yield Shield (Read up on Preferred Shares and REITs if you missed it), today I’d like to talk about bonds. I’ve been lumping bonds together into one asset-class tracked by a broad ETF like VAB or BND, but the truth is the bond market is a bit more complicated than that. Usually, when people talk about bonds, they’re talking about those issued by the government. These are seen as ultra-safe and unlikely to default, since the government can always raise taxes to pay off bondholder’s interest payments. These are also […]

The Yield Shield: Real Estate Investment Trusts

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Since FIRECracker started a food fight on Monday by calling out the Toronto Home Boners, today’s article will be about… …the real estate we own in Toronto. Wait, back up a minute. Say what? What I am referring to is, of course, Real Estate Investment Trusts. What Is a Real Estate Investment Trust? A Real Estate Income Trust (or REIT) is basically a corporation that owns and manages investment properties all around the country. Those properties can be office buildings, commercial storefronts, shopping malls, and in some cases residential apartment buildings. The REIT owns the building, takes care of maintenance, […]

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