Accelerating Mortgage Payments will Free up Cash for RESP, Retirement Savings

Accelerating Mortgage Payments will Free up Cash for RESP, Retirement SavingsA couple we’ll call Harry, 35, and Tina, 37, are thriving in their careers. Harry, a geologist with a large company, brings home $5,730 a month. Tina, a management consultant in the chemical industry, adds $3,880, for total monthly disposable income of $9,610 a month. They have a two-year-old child. You could say that Harry and Tina are typical Canadians. Their income, though above average, is just enough to get…

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Relief May be on the Way — Tax on Both Sides of the Border

Relief May be on the Way -- Tax on Both Sides of the BorderU.S. citizens living in Canada not only have to file Canadian tax returns reporting their worldwide income, but they also have to file U.S. tax returns reporting the same income. That’s because the U.S. imposes taxes and filing requirements based on citizenship, not residency. To make matters worse, if the U.S. citizen holds a TFSA, RESP or RDSP, these accounts are not recognized as tax-preferred by the U.S. and the…

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Debt to Continue Rising in 2016

Debt to Continue Rising in 2016Canadian households will close out 2015 carrying thicker layers of debt after worrisome gains over the past 12 months — extra padding that’s expected to get even fatter in the new year. But even with the borrowing binges, many experts still believe the finances of most Canadians remain in decent shape. This assessment comes as the country shows worrisome signs linked to consumer spending. It has a record-high debt-to-income ratio…

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ULTIMATE Questrade Review 2017: An In-Depth Look

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Editor Rating: ( 90% ) – User Rating: ( 95% ) – When it comes to investing in 2017 the trading landscape is bathed and bursting at the seams with countless financial brokerage houses. Big names like BMO InvestorLine, RBC Direct Investing, TD Direct Investing, Interactive Brokers, Scotia iTrade, and at least a dozen more are available to chose from. Sadly, through deeper analysis one can’t easily distinguish distinctive differences…

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Want to Destroy Your Wealth? Here are 10 of the Best Ways to Go About It

Want to Destroy Your Wealth? Here are 10 of the Best Ways to Go About ItIt was my worst financial mistake and left me in what seemed like massive debt at 18. Surprise, the problem started with a credit card. A teenager with a $1,500 credit limit in 1982 and on vacation with friends in New York City is trouble. (I was working part-time as a bank teller, which facilitated my ability to get credit at the time.) So what happened? Strangely enough it wasn’t Manhattan that…

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If You Are Saving For Your Old Age You Might Be Saving Too Much

If You Are Saving For Your Old Age You Might Be Saving Too MuchWhen I tell people that their retirement income target may not be as high as they thought, a common response is, “Yeah, well what about long-term care?” Everyone has an anecdote, perhaps involving an aunt or the parent of a friend, who needed extensive, round-the-clock care at the end of their lives and ended up burning through half a million dollars or more. If we take a closer look at…

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What Kind of Stocks Should You Hold in a TFSA?

What Kind of Stocks Should You Hold in a TFSA?It seems the conversation of investing in a tax-free savings account (TFSA) becomes quieter and quieter as the months go by in a year, and the conversation is most vibrant at the start of the year. Saving and investing should be a consistent act, so I’m bringing it up again. By investing instead of just saving, you’re looking for higher returns that come with higher risk. Before thinking about what…

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3 Money Mistakes That Couples Make

3 Money Mistakes That Couples MakeWhether you’re newly wed or about to celebrate your silver anniversary, there’s a good chance you’re making serious mistakes managing your money as a couple. After talking with countless men and women about money and how it impacts their relationships, David Bach, vice chairman of Edelman Financial Services, has identified the many mistakes that recurred, time and again. They’re all profiled in his new book “Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9…

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Bump-Up for TFSA in 2015 Doesn’t Have to Wait for the Budget to be Passed

Bump-Up for TFSA in 2015 Doesn't Have to Wait for the Budget to be PassedCanadians are free to top up their 2015 tax-free savings account contribution without fearing any sort of penalty, bank officials said Thursday. The government’s budget released Tuesday increased the annual contribution limit to TFSAs from $5,500 to $10,000 and made it effective to Jan. 1, 2015. Following the announcement there was confusion about whether Canadians could put another $4,500 into their TFSA account right away. The early birds, who were rushing…

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You Spring-Clean Your House Why Not Your Finances?

You Spring-Clean Your House Why Not Your Finances?Many Canadians engage in regular spring cleaning rituals like checking fire alarms, rotating mattresses and planting gardens. They’re tedious and time-consuming tasks, but they need to be tended to by responsible homeowners. Those responsibilities shouldn’t end at household chores. Spring is as good a time as any to dust off and polish up all things personal finance. You’re already sorting through slips and statements to file your taxes, so you…

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