In Debt and Afraid – Dealing with Debt Collectors

In Debt and Afraid - Dealing with Debt CollectorsIt’s a scary place to be — in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. The first-ever national survey of consumer experiences with debt collectors found consumers often faced calls that came too often, at odd hours and contained warnings of jail time and other threats. Some were contacted for debts they…

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5 Reasons Canada’s Economy is Looking up in 2017

5 Reasons Canada's Economy is Looking up in 2017After 2016, a year of ups and downs for the Canadian economy, there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting 2017 will be a better year. Here are five big reasons the economy could do a lot better than you might think this year. The job market is recovering It may be cold comfort to anyone still looking for work, but Canada’s job market ended 2016 on a bit of a…

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2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017

The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017The annual TFSA dollar limit will remain frozen at $5,500 for 2017 and, in fact, may be stuck at that level until at least 2019, as a result of years of low inflation and the unusual rounding mechanism built into the TFSA limit. This week, the Canada Revenue Agency announced the inflation rate — 1.4 per cent — that will be used to index various personal income tax and benefit…

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3 Top REIT Picks For 2017

3 Top REIT Picks For 2017It has been an interesting year for Canada’s REITs. The early part of the year was marked by weakness in Alberta, especially the office market. Demand dried up as many oil companies either went bankrupt or downsized. The rest of the year was dominated by interest rates. First rates crashed with negative rates in Japan and Switzerland making headlines. This sent the price of REITs higher. That was followed by a steady…

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Why Even a Crystal Ball is No Guarantee

Why Even a Crystal Ball is No GuaranteeA great deal of investment analysts’ time is spent trying to predict the future. How will the new iPhone sell? How many new automobiles will be sold in Europe next year?  What will next week’s employment numbers look like? Who will win the next election? And what will the Fed do about interest rates in the coming quarters? These questions are important to these analysts not because of the answers…

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4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31

4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31Tax planning may be the last thing on Canadians’ minds as they get ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. But now is the time to take advantage of credits and benefits available to you until Dec. 31, says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Private Wealth Management. Otherwise, you may be leaving money on the table that you won’t be able…

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These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump Presidency

These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump PresidencyAccording to a new report from Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY), Canadian utility, telecom, and real estate stocks will face mounting headwinds under a Trump presidency. Their report, titled “The Corner of Bay and Trump,” highlights how higher U.S. fiscal spending combined with tax cuts is likely to lead to higher U.S. inflation rates. Why would higher U.S. inflation rates be a threat to the Canadian economy? The loonie is set…

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Don’t Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn’t as Bad as Believed

Don't Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn't as Bad as BelievedMarkets whipsawed wildly once it became clear that outsider Donald Trump had ascended to the Oval Office. For a brief moment, it appeared the cataclysm that many economists and analysts on Wall Street had been dreading had finally arisen. It was feared that Trump’s regressive policies on immigration, foreign aid, trade, and taxation would spark considerable volatility and eventually lead the U.S. into a recession. Nonetheless, after Trump addressed financial…

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