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Money talks. But how should couples talk about money?
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If you understand that every dollar you spend or invest is a vote for the companies and their ethical and sustainability practices, then your voting selection just got a whole lot greener. Here are some ways for you to discover how to invest your money in a portfolio that reflects your environmental values.
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You might think of money stress as just a fact of life. A lot of people struggle with credit card debt, debt management and other financial problems. Here's what the research says about the link between money stress and financial problems -- and four ways to mitigate that stress.
Because who wants decades of personal debt?
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Holiday gift giving can be really stressful, so now it's time to take a different approach. Let's take a step back this year and take a frugal approach to the holidays. I know when it comes to gift-gi...
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Instead of drawing a forgone conclusion that you'll spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just because it's the holidays -- let's find another way. No one likes the impending debt emergency in the new year. To avoid spending beyond your means, now is the perfect time to get your financial house in order and save for the holidays.
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That initial job can also serve as an ideal springboard to talk money management with your kids and help strengthen their financial knowledge.
When your child starts to understand the concept of money, you can give them a monthly allowance to help them save for a new toy or clothes. This way they can start to understand items in the store are not free, you have to pay for them. If your child wants the latest Thomas the Tank Engine train set, explain to him or her, how much it costs and how much money they would need to save up to buy it.
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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.
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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.
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And a fifth argue about money at least once a week.
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It's officially December now and I have no idea what to get anyone for Christmas or how much it'll cost. Everyone should be getting ready to be merry and jolly, but I'm banging my head on the wall thinking of what everyone wold love without breaking the bank.
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For most households, the holiday season is an enjoyable time of year to spend with friends and family but it can also be one of the most stressful -- with travelling, hosting and gift-buying all being a major drain on the household finances. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable holiday season while keeping your wallet intact.
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Parliament will reconvene on December 3. While the priority focus will be on marginal tax rates for the middle class and those making more than $200,000, it's worth paying attention to a proposal that was a key promise from the Liberals: rolling back TFSA contribution limits from $10,000 to $5,500.
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The fact many Canadians are living beyond their means and are vulnerable to economic shocks highlights the importance of Financial Literacy Month (FLM), which takes place each November in Canada. This year, FLM aims to use the national strategy as a springboard to rally support across the country in the effort to help Canadians become better money managers.
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The American Psychology Association 2014 survey shows that "stress related to financial issues could have a significant impact on our health and well-being." Almost seven out of 10 feel stressed over money matters.
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Often accustomed to working independently, the new advisor will need to be more of a team player that is integrally connected with more aspects of your financial life. Your future advisor will leverage technology to work flexibly and have systems and processes in place to ensure that your interests are always paramount.
The post-secondary years are the ideal time to lock in great habits and fill any gaps in your children's financial education. Regardless of whether there are savings set aside or loans to be taken, managing the dollars matters. It's our young people who gain the most from good advice as they take on increased responsibility.
It's never too early to teach kids about money.
From repairing a leaky roof to replacing a car engine, these unexpected costs can add up fast. But more important than unexpected costs, an emergency fund is your safeguard against a sudden loss of income. That's why financial experts stress the importance of having an emergency fund.
The National Strategy for Financial Literacy - Count me in, Canada is an ambitious playbook for country that brings together a wide range of stakeholders, identifies priorities and targets deliverables. It's time to act. Canadians who acquire financial knowledge today will be positioned for a better future.
Are you an investor? Although this might seem like a simple question, the answer isn't so straightforward. One way is to ask some fundamental questions about your financial decisions, what's informing your strategy and how you're putting a plan into place. In other words, think about attitude, aptitude and action.
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The reality is most of us have no idea where our money goes, and because of this it feels like there is never enough. But the irony is taking control of our personal finances and allocating only one hour a week to it, has the power to make us feel more in control and confident about our personal financial situation and future.
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.
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Being the executor of a loved one's estate can be a very difficult task. With an estate plan in place and by taking a few basic steps to prepare, you can reduce the stress and loss of estate value considerably. Estate planning involves tough questions that ultimately give you and your loved ones peace of mind.
Investing and managing money might seem like one such task that requires a large amount of personal attention and professional advice. However, an increasing number of investors have started looking to technology to help manage their money. This trend has seen the rise of a new breed of wealth manager -- "the robo-advisor."
Making mindless decisions with our money may create short term bliss or satisfaction but can have long term impacts on our financial well-being and financial security. When we make mindless decisions with our money, we don't take the time to really understand our thoughts, feelings and actions around our choices.
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When dealing with advisors, an important consideration is competency. If the person you're working with isn't competent, how much is it costing you? I might find that my client's banker is overcharging them or their accountant is less than adequate, only to hear them say that they can't move their business because the person they deal with is nice or maybe even a friend.
Our spending habits say a lot about us and the choices we make with our money. When we become real and authentic with ourselves, we don't use our money to impress people or seek status, because we have nothing to prove. When we are authentic with our money, we are making conscious and mindful choices with it. We are very present and self-aware.
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Back in the 1960s, Stanford University researcher Walter Mischel conducted a famous study about self-control. After following the study group for 40 years, the researcher's findings about self-control continue to provide insight today into our collective psychology. That insight may be worth reflecting upon as we confront our current debt loads.
Today, I'm the girl who is up before 6am to start her crazy, workaholic routine. I'm a perfectionist -- scared to submit any piece of work that isn't up to my ridiculously high standards -- and those are just the changes I've made in school/my career. As for my finances back then, I'm sure you can imagine what that looked like.
Do you talk about money with your partner, better half, significant other? Many of us don't have this conversation and struggle just to address the topic. If we find the courage to reach out and engage in conversations about money how do we keep our emotions in check?