Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSA

Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSALook.  There’s no downside and all kinds of upside to the Tax Free Savings Account. Become a saver, already! Here’s how it works: 1. Set up a Tax Free Savings Account at any Canadian bank you like. 2. Every year, you can put in up to $5000. But $100 is just fine too. 3. Whatever that $5000 earns, you are never taxed on.  So you can go conservative and just…

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7 Credit Score Myths

7 Credit Score MythsCredit scores have become a major metric in our lives; if you are getting a car loan, mortgage or even applying for a job your credit score will have a significant impact on the decision. I believe everyone should check their credit reports on a regular basis, semi annually or quarterly if you have a credit score that needs improvement. Many myths have come about due to the mysterious algorithm…

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Top 6 Debt Myths

Top 6 Debt MythsAt some point in our lives we all have some sort of debt; student loans, mortgages and car financing are the most common types of debt we carry. Everyone seems to have his or her own opinions about debt and debt management; however there are a few myths about debt that most would agree on. Here are six most common debt myths, feel free to add your debt myth at…

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EI Benefits for the Self Employed

EI Benefits for the Self EmployedAs the ranks of self employed Canadians increases, there is a growing problem of employment insurance coverage.  What is the problem?  Self employed business owners previously were not eligible for employment insurance coverage.  As it’s especially applicable to the female entrepreneurs, business income could dry up quickly while on maternity leave.  With no business income or employment insurance benefit, the financial situation could get ugly unless there is substantial savings….

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Best of: Worst Financial Advice Ever

Best of: Worst Financial Advice EverThe N.C.F.B.A. met on Monday night (OK we sat and watched Preet eat dinner), and as usual the discussions and commentaries were entertaining, enlightening and fun (for me at least), and one of the topics that came up was about Advice and what people do with the advice you might give them (Michael James has in fact written an excellent post on how Investment Advice Usually Reaches the Wrong People)….

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Moving to Canada? Financial Advice

Moving to Canada? Financial AdviceNew immigrants from India need to make important financial decisions in order to help them get settled and start building their new life in Canada. Tips are available on: opening a bank account in Canada before they move; the transfer of money from one country to another; building a credit history; buying a car or home; saving for their childrens education; and starting a business.

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Mortgage rates creeping up, a sign of things to come

Mortgage rates creeping up, a sign of things to comeIf you’ve been listening to the news then you know that posted mortgage rates at some of Canada’s biggest banks have edged up .35 %, you can read about it HERE AT CTV. To put it in more tangible terms that equates to about a 7% increase in carrying costs as compared to current rates. Our fragile economic recovery hinges on the ability of consumers to take on debt, and…

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