The Loonie Turns 30!

The Loonie Turns 30!The 11-sided coin was not originally called the loonie but the name caught on quickly due to the iconic decorative design by Robert Carmichael showcasing a single loon on one side. It has been 30 years since its introduction by the Royal Canadian Mint and marked one of the most significant changes in Canadian currency history in half a century. To mark this special occasion the mint has put out…

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Pensions Are Worth Zero?

Pensions Are Worth Zero?A recent Family Finance column in the Financial Post showed something strange about the way that financial planners calculate a person’s net worth. Apparently, having a defined-benefit pension plan does not add anything to your net worth. The article profiled Doris, a grandmother with a simple balance sheet. She has a car worth $3000, owes $10,000 on her line of credit, and can begin drawing a $1400 per month pension…

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Canada – A Nation of Debt, A Nation of Prosperity

Canada - A Nation of Debt, A Nation of ProsperityCanadian now owe almost two-thirds more in debt than they use, or have available, for available income according to Statistics Canada.  For 2012, the rise in debt was higher in every category with mortgage and consumer debt surpassing a combined $1.6 trillion. As Canadians continue to enjoy spending without restraint or apparent interest in saving the debt rose 5.5% higher int he last three months of 2012.  Not all is…

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Flight Fee For U.S. Bound Canadians?

Flight Fee For U.S. Bound Canadians?Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are better ways for Americans to raise money than to charge Canadians to get into their country. U.S. President Barack Obama wants to charge Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea a $5.50 inspection fee, although private vehicles would be exempt. “They’re running deficits down there well over a trillion dollars a year,” Harper said Thursday. “Some 40 per cent plus of the…

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