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Disability and Debt: When One Happens to Canadians, the Other Follows

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Many Canadians are well aware that a disability could occur at any time. Ninety-six per cent of us believe it, according to a recent RBC survey. The same survey showed that more than three-quarters of us also believe that missing three months of work, due to disability, would put us in serious financial jeopardy. Here are some steps you can take to prepare yourself for a possible disability.

Should We Stop Worrying About Higher Interest Rates?

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Since peaking in July 2007, prior to the 2008 credit crisis, interest rates have fallen and have remained at their lowest level in two generations. Experts predict that this could be the year that interest rates finally start to increase. The question is, should we really care?

A Few Points About Quebec's Debt

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The current Quebec government is at least trying to tame its deficit and start chipping away at its huge debt. But there are some people out there who question whether or not Quebec's public debt is really such a serious problem, and therefore whether our provincial government's "austerity" policies are truly necessary.

THIS Is A Top Priority For Canadians

CP | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- A new poll suggests that paying down debt is the biggest financial priority for Canadians in 2015. It is the fifth year in a row that de...

The Biggest Personal Finance Fails of 2014 (And How to Avoid Them in 2015)

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

December is a time for reflection, especially when it comes to your finances. The expensive holiday season -- think gifts, party outfits, and festive drinks -- means you're probably thinking about how to stick to a budget and keep costs down in 2014. It's also a time to reflect on mistakes, which is why I've rounded up the top personal finance fails of 2014. The purchases that made me cringe, the examples of internet over-sharing that made me wonder how someone's identity wasn't stolen sooner. All so you can avoid their mistakes in 2015.

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Canadians Have Some Fat Debt, And Are Pretty Laid-Back About It

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business

The percentage of households in Canada mired in extreme debt has almost doubled since 2000, and Canadians are pretty chill about it. On Wednesday, ...

When it Comes to Finances, Gen Y Should Be Called 'Gen Screwed'

Candice Malcolm | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Candice Malcolm

Nine-million baby boomers will retire from the workforce over the next two decades, and when they do, they will start to consume the most expensive forms of government programs. This is great news for seniors, but terrible news for our public finances and for young Canadians forced to foot the bill. Generation Y has been dubbed the "Millennial" generation because we came of age at the turn of the new millennium. A more fitting name for this cohort is Generation Screwed.

Ottawa Should Focus on Tax Relief Instead of More Spending

Charles Lammam | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

The Conservatives should be commended for sticking to their commitment to the balance budget. But balancing the budget cannot become an end in itself or it can come to serve as a justification for spending increases with limited economic benefit. Reducing personal income tax rates and capital gains taxes would be a productive use of future surpluses.

Students Need an Education on Their Own Credit Scores

Ashley Redmond | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Business
Ashley Redmond

It's time for students to take control of their finances, and the first step in doing that is becoming more knowledgeable. Melissa Jarman, director of student banking at RBC, says there's a lot of work that needs to be done to improve financial knowledge.

A High Credit Score Doesn't Make You Financially Savvy

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

We all want a high credit score, because it makes borrowing less expensive, and a high score proves that I am financially responsible and successful person. Or does it? Here's the sad truth: a high credit score does not prove you are financially savvy

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.

Women Need To React Sooner and More Aggressively When It Comes To Finances

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Douglas Hoyes

Looking at our study, the percentage of women filing bankruptcy who were living on their own, either because they were single, divorced or widowed, increased over the four year study period. The largest growth occurred in women who were divorced or separated. We also saw an alarming increase in the percentage of female single parents declaring bankruptcy.

Get Your Finances In Order Before You Retire

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

If you are planning to move after you retire, put some careful consideration into the cost of living for that area. Look into the cost of real estate and see how far your money will stretch if you downsize from your current home. If you're moving to a different town or province, it's also worth looking into potential tax advantages for senior citizens in that area.

Follow This Money Do Checklist To Change Your Life in Six Weeks

Anita Saulite | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Put your saving strategy and bill payments on auto pilot. We all know it, but saving money each month is saving for the future. Just know, savings are what you pay yourself, and if you want to secure your golden years and worry less, then pay yourself first. Set up automatic bill payments.

Just Because You Can Get a Big Mortgage Doesn't Mean You Should

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

If you can't afford the monthly mortgage payment (and property taxes, and repairs and maintenance) your mortgage is too big. The "equity" answer is that if you have less than 10 per cent equity in your house, you are at higher risk of financial problems.

What a Year of Being Debt-Free Has Taught Me

Cait Flanders | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Business
Cait Flanders

While I know I'm on the right track with my finances, I'd be lying if I said staying out of debt has been easy. In fact, it's been a bigger challenge than I ever could've imagined. But that's just one of the lessons I've learned since making my final payment. Here's what a year of being debt-free has taught me.

How An Aging Population Means Trouble For Canada's Debt

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Although aging Canadians were typically the most financially stable age group, older Canadians are piling up debt more quickly than other demographics. A recent study by the Vanier Institute of the Family showed that more than 70 percent of those aged 55 to 64 held some form of debt in 2012, up from 61 percent in 1999.

How To Start Pulling Yourself Out of Debt

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Jeffrey Schwartz

The important thing is to write the goals down and post them somewhere that you see them everyday. Don't be embarrassed about putting them on the fridge and having your friends see them when they come over for a visit. You may not be proud of falling into debt but you should be proud of overcoming it.

Why Argentina's Rulers and Cronies Are Fair Game

Patricia Adams | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

Argentinians would not need to suffer if assets hidden from creditors could be recovered and, in any case, the country need not default. As a senior portfolio manager at Elliott Management wrote in the Financial Times, Argentina "could easily afford to pay all of its defaulted debt tomorrow."

Before Your Debt Gets Out of Control, Make a Plan

Shaun Goolcharan | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Business
Shaun Goolcharan

For the average person, debt management seems like a simple strategy. But it is easy for debt to get out of control -- the sooner you make a plan and stick to it, the better it will be for you in the long run.

We Can Learn a Lot About Saving Money From Victorian England

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

People in the Victorian Era, including the Queen herself, lived lives of remarkable frugality and resourcefulness. They made do with what they had and worked hard to get it. Consolidated Credit has looked at the way people lived 150-200 years ago in England and found some things we could learn.

Let's Stop Pretending Ontario's Fiscal Policies Are On Track

Sean Speer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

These challenges facing Ontario are well documented. Yet the government's policy direction is not moving in the right direction. Recent developments suggest that the government intends to continue growing spending on the types of policies that have contributed to the problem such as high deficits and a new round of corporate subsidies.

Student Debt Is Canada's Debt

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This month, Canadian students finish exams and begin hunting for summer jobs. A student working the counter at Taco Bell for minimum wage would have to work eight hours a day, seven days week, for almost the entire summer to cover tuition, never mind the cost of specialized or technical degrees. Students have a responsibility to work and pay for at least some of their education. Also a responsibility, when choosing their college or university program, to think about whether they are choosing a field of study where there is a real demand for jobs.

Every Taxpaying Canadian Has a $243,000 Bill, Courtesy of Our Government

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Put simply, the aging of Canada's population has resulted in large and growing unfunded liabilities. The funding shortfall is estimated at $792.3 billion for the CPP, $494.4 billion for OAS, and $894.7 billion for medicare. Together the unfunded liabilities in Canada's public pensions and health care programs total $2.2 trillion or $134,841 for each income taxpayer. These unfunded program obligations make up more than half of total government liabilities. And their sheer size calls into question the structure of taxing current workers to provide benefits for retirees. Ultimately, to maintain current levels of spending in the future, taxes will have to increase or benefits for other programs will have to be cut -- or both.