When you make a will, you decide who is going to get your money in the event of your death. The hope is that you not only set up the next generation for financial success, but you also pass along positive financial values they can carry throughout their lifetime.
Cleaning out the cupboards, taking stock of items that need to be retired or repaired, and outright purging in some cases, is often what is done as the weather changes. And while it's common to want to get your house in order, it's not so common to do the same with your finances.
The tax deadline falls on May 2 this year, which means Canadians have an extra weekend to file their taxes. The CRA will soon be hit by a wave of last-minute tax returns, as countless Canadians wait until the last minute.
Currently job losses have been concentrated in the energy sector, but more job losses are expected across industries that depend on investment and activities in the energy sector. This rising unemployment coupled with a correction in the housing market is putting a further strain on indebted households.
Electronic money, or e-money, has arrived. It can be transferred through smart phone, tablet, computer, or other ways. This way, people can make quick payments with their phones -- even in physical settings like the grocery store. Will cards be replaced by e-money, the way cash has been mostly replaced by cash?
Thirty-six is the new 30 for first-time home buyers in Canada -- meaning that the average age of current home buyers is 36, while the majority of current home owners bought their place before they were 30. Considering that millennials are typically 25 to 34 years old, many are left asking the question: are millennials buying homes?
Although many young people are great savers -- they aggressively pay off their debts and try hard to contribute to their savings -- they are underinvesting, which if not resolved will leave many unprepared for eventual retirement.
Our kids are often most receptive to advice when it starts at home. The best time to begin is now. For example, even preschoolers are ready to start thinking about finances. If they know mommy or daddy goes off to work, they can understand why -- the answer is to earn money.
When it comes to the smaller financial activities, such as the purchase of a birthday gift, some may feel that if the one with dementia cannot remember the occasion then it is no longer necessary to give a gift. After all, what they don't know won't hurt them -- right?
Many people are rushing into the housing market due to FOMO (Fear of missing out) and there could be some BIG consequences when interest rates go up. There is a good news bad news scenario to buying right now and everyone in the housing market needs to know what to expect. Before you rush in, here is the good and the bad to buying right now.
Now is a great time to re-visit your portfolio. Investing too conservatively could impact your ability to reach your long-term goals. In fact, you could actually be losing money once you factor in inflation, especially in today's low interest rate environment.
What you don't have to do forever is live with debt. You don't have to spend every month calculating how much you can afford to put towards debt repayment, while continuing to use credit, and staying in the never-ending cycle of borrowing money and trying to pay it back. It's not an easy cycle to get out of; I know that firsthand.
All the tips on budgeting are based on people who get paid on a regular schedule, but if you're an actor, musician, etc., you'll get a chunk of change all at one time and then often have a dry spell. It's so easy to blow through the money that you get paid and then have nothing left for the few months that you're waiting for that next gig.
How critically important would it be for you to be in control if life as you know it changes this spring? Remember -- you can prepare now while you are of sound mind and body, or you can pay later. Which one would be your preference?
Income tax return time is coming up and so many of us are already thinking about all of the great things we can buy with the return. It's been a crazy year personally, politically and professionally and we all can look forward to a treat. But how will you get the most bang for your buck?
Along with longer days, warmer temperatures, and blooming buds, spring also tends to bring an increase in real estate sales. If you are planning on taking the plunge into home ownership for the first time, you may qualify for a number of programs, credits, and rebates.