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Year End RESP Trades

Every now and again, I sit down and review my accounts in details. My spreadsheet is setup to continuously show me my diversification across sector along with the performance of my different stock but I don’t dive deep all too often. I do a pass once a month for the dividend and adjust for any increases. Generally though, I don’t spend much time looking at the profits or losses of my individual investments but when doing a more rigorous review, I do pay attention to ensure it is not a sign to sell or to add more on a pullback. During the month of December, as I started planning where I would invest my RESP contribution in the new year, I looked deeper into my investments and made some changes. RESP Adjustments Sold Shaw Communications (SJR.B) Shaw Communications (SJR.B Trend) had ...
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RESP Investment Planning

My brother recently had a baby and we have been discussing what type of investments he should have for his RESP. There is literally an 18 year timeframe for the investments to grow before you start withdrawing. He had a look at my current holdings for my kids RESP and noticed it was all high paying dividend stocks with minimum growth potential. What I have in my RESP portfolio are the results of a late switch out of mutual funds and 12 years of investing in it. I have to admit that I have not been able to maximize my contributions all the time. As much as I wanted to contribute, I did not prioritize RESP over RRSP for the simple reason that RESP is not the only way to fund a school education. RESP Facts There are many points around RESP that you will need to get familiar with but the main RESP ...
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RESP Strategy

Planning a RESP strategy is similar to planning your retirement (including RRSP)but your timeline is shorter and the adjustment happens much earlier and it may not be enough time to be aggressive depending on your risk appetite. I have now sold all my mutual funds from my RESP account and moved it all over to my discount broker – RBC Direct Investing. Previous RESP Strategy (or Lack of a Strategy) I had everything in a few mutual funds:67% in a dividend income fund (Yeah, I was dividend focus from an early age just not in stocks) 20% in Canadian equity 13% in bond fundThe 8% yield I was getting out of the dividend income mutual fund was keeping me away from making major changes until now. Everything has now been transfered in my RBC Direct Investing account and I have been planning ...
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