Canadians Missing Chance for Cash with Medical Tax Credit

Canadians Missing Chance for Cash with Medical Tax CreditOne of the least-used tax credits is also one of the murkiest. But by not claiming certain health-care costs via the Medical Expense Tax Credit, Canadians could be losing big dollars. “The opportunity to save money is not used…because you’ve got to keep some records and have some efficient way to calculate the deduction,” says John Crawford, chartered accountant and chief financial officer of health insurer Pacific Blue Cross. “There’s…

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Top 10 Personal-Finance Myths

Top 10 Personal-Finance MythsCommon myths are everywhere: sharks don’t get cancer (not true); the Great Wall of China is visible from space (ditto). They exist in the world of personal finance, too. Myth: I don’t need to worry about our budget or finances because my partner manages the money. Fact: “Even if someone else is in the driver’s seat, you should be an active passenger; not asleep in the backseat,” says Linda MacKay,…

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7 Ways to Simplify Your Investments

7 Ways to Simplify Your InvestmentsInvesting doesn’t have to be difficult. Eliminating complicated investments can make your portfolio easier to manage and could even boost your returns. Automating your finances can also make it easier to save money and track your investments. Here are seven ways to make investing simple. 1. Consider a robo advisor. Automated online investment management platforms or robo advisors such as Betterment and Wealthfront can make investing incredibly simple because they…

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5 Rewards of Living a Frugal Lifestyle

5 Rewards of Living a Frugal LifestyleYou might be a natural at making frugal choices when it comes to spending or perhaps you are slowly easing your way into the frugal lifestyle. Either way, know that your efforts result in additional benefits that go beyond the immediate impact of cash savings. You might not notice these nonmonetary rewards at first. That’s because in the beginning stages of adopting a frugal perspective, you’re usually focused on reaping…

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That Sketchy Moment When Stocks are Rising and Profits are Falling

That Sketchy Moment When Stocks are Rising and Profits are FallingThe stock market is grooving again, baby! Pure rock-and-roll! It’s like Springsteen stormed the stage in February and got the crowd back on its feet after some moody emo mope had us all crying in our beer, or whatever emo mopes drink. (Chamomile tea or puppy dog tears or hemlock or whatever.) To wit: The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is up almost 6 percent in February. That’s an E-Street…

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