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Beyond inflation and high rates: Three financial threats facing young adults, homeowners and retirees

In the News   |   September 29, 2022

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The No. 1 risk in personal finance for the next year is that high inflation and rising interest rates give way to a recession. Things really get interesting after that. The accelerated pace of change lately suggests we will... read more

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BDC commits $500-million in new funding for women tech entrepreneurs

In the News   |   September 22, 2022

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The Business Development Bank of Canada is ramping up support for women technology entrepreneurs, who despite recent breakthroughs still struggle to raise funding. On Wednesday the federal Crown corporation said it would provide $500-million in... read more

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An eight-pack of dos and don’ts for surviving and profiting in a world of rising interest rates

Articles of Interest   |   September 8, 2022

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An epic moment in interest rate history was the surge of summer, 1980. A quick recap of what was happening in the year the Bank of Canada’s benchmark rate jumped to roughly 17 per cent... read more

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The hot trend for times when you can’t afford what you’re buying

In the News   |   August 18, 2022

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Scariest financial number of the summer: By 2026, nearly one-quarter of all global online purchases will be made with a buy now, pay later option. Did you think I was going to quote the inflation rate or... read more

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How renting could financially damage a generation of young adults

In the News   |   August 16, 2022

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There’s a rule of personal finance that says average earners are spending foolishly by paying the average rent in their city. According to this rule, monthly rental costs should account for no more than 30... read more

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Should you still try to change jobs for higher pay as recession risks grow?

In the News   |   July 29, 2022

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For more than a year, Canada’s record labour shortage has held the promise of generous pay bumps for those willing to switch jobs. But with economists increasingly worried about a recession and some tech companies... read more

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Cancelled: The idea that a big mortgage is a noble burden because home prices will rise

In the News   |   July 28, 2022

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The mortgage stress test faces its first big challenge in this year of soaring interest rates. The regulators behind the stress test generated massive pushback from the housing-industrial complex, but they were dead right to worry about... read more

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The housing market trend no one’s talking about is improving affordability for young buyers

In the News   |   July 19, 2022

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The monthly mortgage cost on an average home has fallen $28 a month since February. This small savings is a symbolic win for all the young adults priced out of a housing market where average... read more

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Bank of Canada rate hike questions: You asked, we answered

In the News   |   July 15, 2022

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The Bank of Canada made a supersized rate increase on July 13 – increasing its benchmark rate by a full percentage point in an effort to get consumer prices back under control. On the same day, The... read more

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We all just got schooled by Rogers on the importance of having cash on hand

In the News   |   July 15, 2022

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Friday’s Rogers Communications outage was just so 2022. In health care, emergency rooms are overloaded and too many people can’t find a family doctor. Airports and passport offices are swamped. Food is becoming unaffordable. In parts of... read more

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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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