Financial Literacy

Don't Let the Ghost of Christmas Gifts Past Hurt Your Finances

Bob Stammers | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Business
Bob Stammers

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.

Tips For Women on How to Handle Their Wealth

Cindy Crean | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Cindy Crean

What should women expect in terms of a financial plan? The plan should include a cash flow projection -- this means how much money you earn and spend in a month, a net worth statement -- which are your assets minus your liabilities, as well as a projection of your net worth throughout their lifetime.

Why Aren't People Engaging in Conversations About Money?

Anita Saulite | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada
Anita Saulite

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?

Shopping for Prom: A Lesson in Spending (and Saving)

Joanne Sallay | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

With the end of the school year on the horizon, we're now in the heart of prom season. There's no doubt that a lot of fuss goes into making this ritual perfect. But beyond the glitz, glamour and fashion, prom marks a milestone that can be used by parents and educators as a teachable moment for students.

Women Need to Learn About Finance

Anne Day | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Have your childhood experiences with money impacted your relationship with it later in life? If you answered "yes," you would be falling in line with some recent research from Australia where they found that these factors underpin or influence how women make decisions about money.

How the Rich and Famous Can Teach Us to Save

Deborah Nixon | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Those who have seen the documentary Queen of Versailles usually laugh at the outrageous lifestyle of David and Jacky Siegal, a billionaire and his trophy wife. The film begins in 2008, before the market crash. The economic downturn froze the construction of their incredible 90,000 sq ft mansion in Florida. But we can learn from them. What kids and adults need are some lessons in the lost art of budgeting, living within your means and learning not to spend what you don't have.

Why Do Women Entrepreneurs Fare Worse Than Men?

Anne Day | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Business
Anne Day

There are over 900,000 women entrepreneurs in Canada, and while women are launching businesses at a faster rate than men, in the long term their businesses do not grow as fast as their male counterparts, which led us to ask why?