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Here's what you should do with $1,000, $10,000 or a million dollars

Articles of Interest   |   February 28, 2024

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How would landing an unexpected bit of cash change your life? It’s not a bad idea to plan for a windfall We’ve all thought about it: How would landing a bit of unexpected cash change... read more

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How buying a car can wreck your mortgage application and cost you the house you want

In the News   |   February 9, 2024

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Given how expensive cars have become, perhaps you’ve put off buying one. But if you’re looking to buy a home, you should know that borrowing money for a car purchase can throw a wrench into... read more

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Feeding teenagers is expensive. Here are some money-saving grocery tips for parents

In the News   |   February 5, 2024

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Everyone is feeling the pain of higher food costs, especially families with multiple mouths to feed. Grocery bills have soared as food costs rose more than 20 per cent over the past three years. And parents whose... read more

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Of course, Gen Zs and millennials can retire comfortably. Here are five steps to make it happen

In the News   |   January 23, 2024

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To retire comfortably, you need to invest in your 20s and 30s. Not necessarily with money, though. Early contributions to retirement savings are outstandingly helpful, but hard to manage in a time of inflation and... read more

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New year, new policies: what’s changing for personal finance in 2024

In the News   |   January 11, 2024

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In the new year, a host of new rules and regulations is coming into effect from different jurisdictions across the country. We compiled a list of some of the noteworthy changes that’ll impact your personal... read more

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A dozen things to be thankful for in personal finance and investing as we exit 2023

In the News   |   December 22, 2023

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The year in personal finance has not been a pretty picture. Among the lowlights were a slowing economy, inflation, persistently high borrowing costs and more people having trouble paying what they owe. But alongside these... read more

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Five ways to curb gift buying, so the holidays don’t end with a financial hangover

In the News   |   December 22, 2023

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While family get-togethers, celebrations with friends and messages of joy and peace are the Hallmark moments of Christmas, financial strain is also a reality. In a recent poll, about half of Canadians said that thinking about holiday... read more

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Travel rewards are great, but paying with debit is cleaner money than credit cards in these tough times

In the News   |   December 15, 2023

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Credit cards are the new emergency fund. A story told by the latest batch of debt statistics is that people are increasingly using their credit cards to pay for living costs. Card balances are rising,... read more

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Food costs for typical family of four projected to rise by $700 in 2024, report says

In the News   |   December 7, 2023

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Food prices will continue to rise in 2024, with the average family of four expected to pay $700 more for groceries over the next year, according to an annual report on grocery prices. Canada’s Food... read more

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Will it cost you $350,000 to raise a child? There’s the easy math and then there’s the right math

In the News   |   December 4, 2023

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A study that pegged the cost of raising a child in Canada at more than $350,000 made headlines in October. Why? In part because it’s the first official data on the topic in more than a decade... read more

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University campus tours are in full swing. But even parents with RESPs lack an education financial plan

Articles of Interest   |   November 21, 2023

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For parents of Grade 12 students, things are getting real. You and your kid are likely researching college and university programs, touring various campuses and finalizing applications. Now’s the time when the full cost of... read more

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Credit card welcome offers can be lucrative but buyer beware

Articles of Interest   |   November 21, 2023

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With the holiday shopping season approaching, it seems like you can’t go into a grocery store or a bank, or shop online, without a financial institution offering you a credit card. Often the pitch sounds... read more

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Looking past high interest rates at the next big risk to your personal finances

In the News   |   November 3, 2023

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The big story in personal finance is no longer interest rates – it’s recession risk. The Bank of Canada passed on opportunities to raise rates in both September and October, a sign that borrowing costs are high... read more

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Personal finance advice that makes people feel bad about money

Articles of Interest   |   October 20, 2023

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We have a cliché problem in personal finance. Too many empty phrases that get repeated endlessly because they suggest expertise and mastery of money. You’ll find some prime examples of stale personal finance clichés in... read more

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Expect to spend more than $350,000 to raise a child in Canada, Statistics Canada study suggests

In the News   |   October 3, 2023

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Canadians can expect to spend more than $350,000 to raise a child from birth to the age of 17, according to new estimates by Statistics Canada. And that figure climbs by a further 29 per... read more

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