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Questrade is offering fee rebates to customers who invest in mutual funds

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Hello folks. I a previous post of mine I mentioned how my stock broker – Questrade – was giving people 10 free trades when they open a no-fee RSP account. Well since then I learned about another special promotion that they’re offering and I though all you Canadian traders and investors may want to know so you can take advantage of it.

The promo is in regards to investing in mutual funds. Questrade is offering fee rebates to customers who invest in mutual funds via both registered and non-registered accounts. What this means is that you save on trading costs. Pretty cool!

Personally I’m not into mutual funds (I prefer to invest in individual stocks) but I know there are tons of Canadians that don’t have time to do what I do (stock pick) so mutual funds are a great way to invest in the stock market without putting much effort on your part. Getting some money back from Questrade when you invest in mutual funds makes good financial sense. To help you figure out how much you’ll save they even have a rebate calculator on their site.

Now that you know about this deal if you wish to find out more about this broker or their special mutual funds promo hop on over to the Questrade homepage.

Good luck and happy investing!

Cheers,
Alan

Questrade no-fee RSP now comes with 10 free trades

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Hello my dear fellow Canadians. I just got word from my stock broker – Questrade – that their no-fee RSP now gives you 10 free trades if you open an account by March 1’st. I just thought I’d let you all know in case you’re looking for a no-fee RSP account.

To find out more details see the Questrade homepage.

Like I said this is a limited time offer.

Wishing you the best.

Alan

A one-ounce gold bar could be yours

Attention Canadian traders!  The current stock broker that I’m using – Questrade – has an interesting promotional offer that you may wish to know about. Apparently if you open and fund a new Questrade account by December 17th you could win a one-ounce gold bar, provided by Kitco, Canada’s premier precious metals supplier. Want more chances to win? Every time you trade gold in your account you get another entry. Pretty cool!

Also, if you move an account with a minimum of $25,000 from another broker, they will pay your transfer-out fees up to $150 and you qualify for yet another entry for the contest.

So basically you have 3 different ways to win the one-ounce gold bar:

  • Open and fund a Questrade standard or registered account by December 17th, 2010.
  • Trade gold in your account by December 17th, 2010.
  • Transfer an account with a minimum of $25,000 from another broker.

Also, I guess it may be helpful to mention that Questrade deals in physical gold – ie REAL gold bullion- NOT certificates or shares. I for one recommend outright ownership of gold bullion as the best method of investing in gold.

To open an account with this broker or to find out more details about them, see this link:

http://www.questrade.com/campaigns/democratic.aspx?refid=83ddc8f8

Anyways, I wish you all luck in winning that free one ounce gold bar!

Cheers,
Alan

Google URL Shortener Now Has Its Own Website

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Hello everbody. I’m not sure how many o fyou use Google’s URL shortening service, but I’ve got some good news for those that do or those are looking for an alternative to the other ones currently available. The news is that Google finally got around to building a website for their URL shortener. The service is available at:

http://goo.gl/

Kinda cool URL if you ask me :) I’ve been using the bit.ly service a lot lately but I kinda like the goo.gl URL better – dunno exactly why, but it just sounds cooler.

Another advantage to  using Google’s service is that they’re more likely to be around for a long time to come than some of the other URL shortening websites. That and Google has fast and reliable servers and big internet pipes so it can handle any amount of redirect traffic.

Hope y’all find it useful.

Cheers,

Alan

Own and sell silver at BullionVault

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Greetings to all ye precious metals investors! I bring good news. BullionVault, one of my favorite bullion storage providers, has just announced that, in addition to gold, their clients can now buy and sell silver as well. The silver will be stored in their London vault. Yep I know, I too would much prefer a vault in Switzerland, but I’m sure that choice will come sooner or later. Here is a copy of the e-mail I received from BullionVault’s president, Paul Tustain:

Dear BullionVault user,

You can now buy, own and sell silver at BullionVault, storing it
securely at low cost in the London vault.

It works in just the same way as you already deal and hold
gold. There is no VAT sales tax to pay. Our fees – detailed below
– are the lowest you will find.

We will be telling the wider world over the next few days and weeks,
but want to give you early access. Given the recent price action,
however, there may be something of a rush.

So to keep the market balanced, access is being widened on a
first-come, first-served basis.

If you are keen to trade silver, PLEASE REPLY to this email.

You will then join our priority list, and receive email notification
the moment that silver dealing is activated on your account.

All funded BullionVault clients will be enabled by January 2nd. If
you are happy to wait until then, there is NO NEED to reply.

Here are the facts you need:

#1. Silver Dealing Commission
Runs independent of gold, but is charged at the same rates. So
you’ll pay 0.8% on your first $30,000-worth of silver, 0.4%
on the next $30,000 and so on, regardless of your gold holdings.

#2. Silver Custody Charges
Also independent of gold, but slightly higher, because silver takes
up more physical space in the vault. You’ll pay 0.04% per month on
the silver you hold (minimum $8 charge). The annual rate is 0.48%.

#3. Silver Vaulting, Larger Deals & Withdrawal
Silver is available in London only for the time being. Larger
orders for one tonne or more (approx. $500,000) can be dealt
direct on main market. Please telephone for details.

As with gold, physical withdrawal out of the vault is available but
not recommended. On silver, it will cost 10% plus VAT (currently
15%) and is only possible in whole 1,000-ounce bars.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us and
we’ll be happy to help.

To join our priority silver waiting list, PLEASE REPLY to this email.

Kind regards,

Paul Tustain
Founder & CEO
BullionVault

Cheers,
Alan
http://alansmoneyblog.com

ClickBank Introduces HopLink Shield

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Hello dear ClickBank affiliates. You may be interested in knowing that ClickBank just recently (2009-04-27) introduced a new feature called “HopLink Shield.” What this feature allows you to mask your clickbank affiliate id safely and securely without the end user knowing about it. For example the following clickbank hoplink:

http://xxx.fapturbo.hop.clickbank.net (xxx would be whatever your clickbank id is)

gets transformed into this:

http://7bbc86r7xp0obv40do4s49sxba.hop.clickbank.net/

As you can see the end user you’re advertising your clickbank hoplink to won’t know what your affiliate id is or the id of the clickbank product you’re promoting. However, if the clickbank vendor does not mask your clickbank id it WILL still show up in the website address (it http://www.blahblah.com/?hop=xxx ), so if you want to be 100% stealthy make sure you promote products whose creators are smart enough to hide your clickbank id. I don’t know why all vendors don’t do this as ClickBank has a very useful guide on how they can prevent your clickbank id from showing up in the website’s URL – I guess it’s lazyness on their part. Anyways, here is the brief news release from ClickBank in regards to this:

Encode Your HopLinks with HopLink Shield

ClickBank is proud to introduce HopLink Shield, a free tool that encrypts the affiliate and vendor nicknames in HopLinks. This adds an extra layer of privacy and anonymity to HopLinks, keeping affiliates’ promotional efforts and techniques hidden from others. This tool represents another step in ClickBank’s continuing dedication to HopLink tracking and security.

Please note that all older formats of HopLinks are still valid and will continue to be tracked.

That does it for this post. I thank you for your attention and for visiting my blog.

Best of luck with your affiliate promotions!

Cheers,
Alan
http://alansmoneyblog.com