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Super savers are fighting rising grocery costs – and inflation – one deal at a time

In the News   |   June 22, 2022

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You do not want to get stuck behind Leanne Mathewson in the checkout line at the grocery store. She’s the one with the file folder stuffed with coupons, holding her phone up to ask for... read more

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Young Canadians: Stop subsidizing dividends for boomers. These banks offer no-fee accounts

In the News   |   June 8, 2022

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The golden rule of banking when you’re in school or starting a career is to not help the banks get more gold. You do that by paying zero fees to do your day-to-day banking. No... read more

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How much should you get paid? New pay transparency rules may give you insights

In the News   |   June 1, 2022

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Kerry Taylor still remembers the sticky note that a male colleague and friend left on her desk before leaving for another employer during the dot-com boom of the early 2000s. The chit had his salary... read more

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What does inflation mean for the cost of living and everyday goods in Canada? Here’s what you need to know

Articles of Interest   |   May 24, 2022

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Canada’s inflation rate hit a 31-year-high in April as prices continue to rise from the grocery store to the gas station. But what, exactly, is inflation and how long will it remain at record highs?... read more

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Canadians are sitting on $300-billion in excess savings. What happens next is anyone’s guess

In the News   |   May 16, 2022

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During the pandemic, households have saved a lot more cash than usual. Where it’s spent – and how quickly – carries big implications for the economy. Paul Bannister is making up for lost time. He... read more

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Prominent researchers urge Ottawa to increase top science scholarships above poverty line

In the News   |   May 12, 2022

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Federal scholarships intended to support some of Canada’s most accomplished graduate students in science have become so devalued by inflation that those who receive them are effectively earning below the poverty line absent any additional... read more

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Sell the family home to lock in profit and then rent? Better not

In the News   |   May 10, 2022

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If houses are investments, then buying is only half the battle. You also need to think about selling, a topic that will generate a lot of conversations this year among baby boomers who have piled... read more

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New Financial Literacy Quizzes

Quizzes   |   May 5, 2022

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Your students can do the Quizzes independently or you can set them up for competition and learning. We are posting two versions of each – one for grades 7-9 and one for grades 10-12. The... read more

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Now more than ever, owning a house is not a retirement plan

Articles of Interest   |   May 2, 2022

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The already-weak argument that owning a house is a retirement plan looks even worse today thanks to rising interest rates. Just like renters, homeowners need personal retirement savings in a pension, a tax-free savings account... read more

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Some new landlords are losing money. With rates rising, tenants could see rent hikes

Articles of Interest   |   May 2, 2022

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As high as Toronto and Vancouver rents may seem to local tenants, landlords are often losing money on them. In recent years, many mom-and-pop real estate investors in the two cities have been quietly paying... read more

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She had a $29,000 loan for a $16,000 car. How auto finance is driving Canadians into debt

In the News   |   April 11, 2022

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In September, 2018, Natasha Hodgkin drove off the lot of a used-car dealership in Southwestern Ontario with a 2017 Kia Optima valued at less than $16,000 – and an auto-loan balance of nearly $29,000. Her... read more

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Federal Budget: Help for first-time homebuyers among personal finance measures unveiled

Videos   |   April 8, 2022

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Personal Finance columnist Rob Carrick highlights how the 2022 federal budget aims to counter inflation. A break for families comes in the form of dental care for those making less than $90,000 a year. And... read more

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Five reasons you should not buy a house until you’re at least 30

Articles of Interest   |   April 5, 2022

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A great stage of life for getting into the housing market is 30 and older. Soaring prices have created a fear of missing out on home ownership, which in turn creates a sense of urgency... read more

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Inflation nation: Why the price of seemingly everything is on the rise

In the News   |   March 18, 2022

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Two years into the pandemic, it’s getting tougher for Canadian households to avoid steep inflation. The annual inflation rate hit a three-decade high of 5.7 per cent in February, and it’s only likely to get... read more

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Surging demand for travel and soaring fuel costs ‘a perfect storm’ for airplane tickets, cruise prices

In the News   |   March 14, 2022

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If you’re pondering a vacation, you may want to finalize your bookings soon. Soaring energy costs and the unleashing of pent-up demand for travel amid loosening COVID-19 restrictions are likely to push up the prices... read more

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