5 Reasons Investments Should Be Treated Like Houses

5 Reasons Investments Should Be Treated Like HousesOne of the great debates in Canada, from the local Tim Hortons in B.C. to the 5 a.m. hockey practice in P.E.I., is whether or not your house should be viewed as an investment. Proponents on both sides defend their views armed with myriad statistics and both can make good arguments. But they both seem to have lost sight of the real issue: It is not whether housing should be…

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12 Really Crappy Ways to Lose Your Money

12 Really Crappy Ways to Lose Your MoneyA few years ago, when I went to a spa resort in Arizona to de-stress, I accidentally left my phone on in my purse for four days. While I hiked in the desert, played with horses and performed yoga sun salutations, my phone checked for updates on Facebook, tracked Twitter mentions, found tagged photos of me on Instagram, etc. When I returned home, I had racked up $400 in data…

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Lessons From Heartbleed – 5 Ways to Protect Your Money

Lessons From Heartbleed - 5 Ways to Protect Your MoneyHeartbleed, a software defect discovered this week with an aptly terrifying name, has scared us all into taking a second look at the security of our online financial data. This includes even the Canada Revenue Agency, which shut down its site Wednesday to protect our precious, and incidentally vulnerable, information. But we should be vigilant on a regular basis. Here are five ways to prevent financial hemorrhaging and fight online…

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How to Invest in Retirement

How to Invest in RetirementWhat happens to your RRSP when you retire? Prior to retirement, people maximize their contributions to their RRSPs, top up their children’s RESPs and put whatever is left over into their TFSAs and non-registered accounts. Once they hit retirement, the mystery about investing their savings to draw an income while unravelling these plans begins, and the biggest concern they face becomes not outliving their money. There has been a great…

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