A new year brings excitement and anticipation of what's to come. It gives us the permission to make changes in our lives or not. With a little orchestration, we can map out 2015, set goals and accomplish more. This might be the best gift you could give yourself. Let me show you how.
A growing number of wealthy people have decided to pledge their fortunes to charity rather than leaving large inheritances to their children or extended family. Giving to charity isn't just a smart strategy for community-building: it provides tax benefits too.
This is a cautionary tale of what happens all over Canada during the previous holiday season and throughout the year: People opted to use credit cards to make purchases they could not afford, which ended up costing them more due to interest charges than they had anticipated and left them with bills they reluctantly had to pay.
Take a look at your most recent investment statement. Do you see the acronym DSC on any of the pages? If you do, you'll want to keep reading.
Generation Y Canadians, born between 1980 and 1995, are constantly portrayed in the media as a generation burdened with financial issues. Here are a few tips from my personal experiences to ward off the spend-fests and embrace the habit of saving to overcome student debt.
Regardless of what type of investment products you're using, you should always know what it's costing you to have your money managed. If nothing is done to reduce the fees institutions are charging for investment management services most Canadians are going to be poorer then they think.
Finding "the right one" these days can be very complicated, and by the one I mean the right financial advisor! Searching for an advisor that is the perfect match takes time, effort and plenty of research. Finding the right financial advisor is not necessarily a simple task but it can be straightforward if you follow some basic guidelines.
Finance, money, debt planning, retirement saving etc., there is sufficient reading material out there on these subjects and experts in the industry for advice. Yet we continue to see record debt levels, low savings rates and lifestyles being extended through borrowed money. Why haven't we been more successful in increasing financial literacy and promoting better financial behaviours?
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.
There are some serious concerns about household debt in Canada. But as families put the final touches on their Thanksgiving plans, I thought it would a great time to point out some things that are good about personal finances in Canada. Here are four bits of personal finance news we should be thankful for.
Did you know that not only did the overall number of women (especially single, divorced and widowed) who declared bankruptcy after the 2008 Recession go through the roof both in Canada and the U.S., but it's been on a steady rise ever since?
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many students and parents are about to have their first holiday meal together since post-secondary school began about six weeks ago. For students, it has been a crash course in time and money management, and one thing is almost certain: there's never enough of either. This Thanksgiving, parents and students should carve out some time to talk finances and revisit the budget to determine if spending is on track.
The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) has become the most underused, yet indispensable tax shelters designed to make post secondary education more accessible to children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, many of us don't use the RESP and if we do, we typically don't maximize the benefits available.
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.
In most households, one person takes responsibility for the household finances. This can work well as long as the person controlling the finances isn't the one with the problem. I think it makes sense that if you're living as a couple and you have joint bank accounts that both partners know what's going on.
Let's face it: many people work better on a deadline. This is the same mindset that leads perfectly reasonable adults to the conclusion that saving for retirement can wait until tomorrow, until they get a raise or have taken the next vacation, or until they turn 30, 35 or 40. If you are approaching 40 and have procrastinated, it's time for a gut check.