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Posted by D4L | Saturday, December 08, 2007 | | 11 comments »

As a relatively new blogger, the one thing that has stood out in my mind is the number of Canadian bloggers in the areas that I am most interested in - finances and dividend investing. I am always scouring the web looking for new ideas and concepts, and it seems that no matter what I use for my launching point, I end up on a Canadian financial/investing site.

To further fuel the fire, I have noticed looking at the stats on Feedburner, that a significant number of the people that visit my site are from Canada. Now this may be a chicken and egg situation - since I spend so much time visiting and commenting on Canadian blogs, that may be why I have so many Canadian readers.

It makes me wonder if I am a misplaced Canadian that was errantly dropped in the deep south (U.S.) I would be interested in your thoughts on why so many of the best financial sites/blogs on dividend income are located in Canada?

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  1. MG (moneygardener) // December 8, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    That's interesting, but I would be surprised if there weren't any good U.S. based blogs on these types of topics. Also I believe you chicken or the egg thought probably has some truth to it.

  2. D4L // December 8, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    MG: I didn't mean to infer there were not any good U.S. based sites. Just proportionally to the two countries populations, there seems to be more in Canada on a per capita basis.

    Best Wishes,

  3. Anonymous // December 9, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Not sure why this is - but it is interesting nonetheless. I have a dividend blog as well and most of my readers are from the U.S. Perhaps we need to switch homes!

    P.S. I really like your stock analysis format - any chance I can get a copy of the spreadsheet you use to generate it?

  4. D4L // December 9, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    the dividend guy: Email me at bbkjbbkj@gmail.com

    Best Wishes,

  5. Anonymous // December 10, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    So true! I just recently started my own blog about dividends. I hadn't really looked around for other dividend related blogs, but over the last week or so I have discovered that the most popular ones come from Canadians.


  6. D4L // December 10, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Nice looking blog you've set up.

    Best Wishes,

  7. Anonymous // December 10, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Well, one big reason why dividend investing is so popular in Canada is the Canadian tax credit that we get to take advantage of. In the lower tax brackets we actually get more money in tax credits than we pay in tax ... so $100 of dividends give $105 dollars after tax! The dividends have to be from publicly traded Canadian corporations to qualify though. Anyway, that's one big reason ... and one of the big reasons I love dividends so much.

  8. D4L // December 10, 2007 at 11:03 PM

    Peter: Ok, it is starting to make sense now. The tax advantage would certainly make a difference. Until the U.S. Congress lowered the tax on qualified dividends to 15%, the popular media here was extremely anti-dividends. Thanks for your insight!

    Best Wishes,

  9. Anonymous // January 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Derek Foster, a canadian who after working for a number of years in regular jobs decided to quit job and live off the dividends, wrote and published a very famous and influencial book "Stop Working".

    In addition to that he was active in the moneysense forums that were hosted at Canadian Business website. The thread discussing his method, its moral implications and his book was the longest thread in the history of Moneysense forums and spawned a number of other threads such as part 2 and 3.

    This is the link to the first discussion and it is quite interesting.


  10. Anonymous // January 24, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Wow, that thread was nearly a book in of itself. Thanks for sharing it.

    Best Wishes,

  11. Unknown // April 5, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    In Canada we are taxed extremely high(even more in the province of Quebec, where I live). The only way to create the best returns are through canadian equities(capital gains are taxed the best, the second is dividend income). Anybody who wants to retire early must invest in some form of canadian equities. Unless they have a pension (which most younger people don't).

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