Save Money this March Break

Save Money this March Break

Are you off to parts warm or relaxing this March Break? If you’ve been saving all winter for this trip, it’s important to make the investment worth it. Just because you’re treating yourself to a break doesn’t mean you should throw financial caution to the wind. Before you book and while you’re away, keep in mind these money-saving tips. Continue reading »

Are We Financially Illiterate?
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Are We Financially Illiterate?

Earlier this week, the Ontario Government announced that financial literacy would be incorporated into the 2011-12 curriculum, for grades four through twelve. Partnering with both the Ontario Securities Commission and the Investor Education Fund, the province wants to develop materials that will teach students the basics about money and will later help them make informed financial decisions. But why now? Continue reading »

Canadian’s Personal Debt to Income Ratio Reviewed
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Canadian’s Personal Debt to Income Ratio Reviewed

There was an interesting article in the Globe and Mail earlier in the week as Rob Carrick spoke with CIBC’s Chief Economist Benjamin Tal about the recent focus on Canadian debt levels and how the major indicator, the debt to income ratio, may not be the best tool of measurement. Mr. Tal was quoted as … Continue reading »

RateSupermarket.ca Educating Homebuyers on Coming HST Storm
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RateSupermarket.ca Educating Homebuyers on Coming HST Storm

Survey Shows 56% of Respondents Unaware of How HST Will Affect Home Owners/Purchases TORONTO, June 17, 2010 … RateSupermarket.ca, Canadian consumers’ one-stop-site to quickly and easily compare over 500 mortgage rates from the country’s top providers, has embarked on an educational campaign to expose additional fees that homebuyers will experience when the HST comes into … Continue reading »

CIBC Buys Citigroup’s Canadian Credit Card Business for $2.1B
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CIBC Buys Citigroup’s Canadian Credit Card Business for $2.1B

Things are heating up in the credit cards industry as CIBC announced that they’ve bought Citigroup’s Canadian credit card business for $2.1B. This deal will make CIBC the largest dual credit card provider (Visa and Mastercard) in the country and increases their outstanding credit card balance to over $14B. It includes Citi’s co-branded cards such … Continue reading »

Lender Loyalty Could Cost Canadian Consumers Thousands
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Lender Loyalty Could Cost Canadian Consumers Thousands

RateSupermarket.ca Pledges to Inform Canadians of Mortgage Money Saving Options TORONTO, March 9, 2010 … RateSupermarket.ca, Canadian consumers’ one-stop-site to quickly and easily compare over 500 mortgage rates from the country’s top providers, is embarking on a campaign to educate Canadians that shopping around for the best mortgage rates at renewal time could save them … Continue reading »

Canadians Worried About Debt – RBC Survey
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Canadians Worried About Debt – RBC Survey

RBC released its Canadian Consumer Outlook Index today which reported that despite continuing reports stating the economy is recovering quickly, Canadians are worried about their debt levels and are anxious about their jobs. The Bank of Canada reported last week that consumer credit held by the big banks rose in December 2009 to $336B amount … Continue reading »

Report Finds First Time Homebuyers Are Not Taking on Too Much Debt
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Report Finds First Time Homebuyers Are Not Taking on Too Much Debt

A study by Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) which surveyed its mortgage broker members who issued more than 40K home mortgages during 2009 totaling $10B found that Canadians are borrowing less to purchase their new homes rather than more. The study was done after the Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, and the Bank of … Continue reading »

Bank of Canada Governor Stresses Caution to Canadian Households
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Bank of Canada Governor Stresses Caution to Canadian Households

The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, gave a speech in Toronto today regarding the Current Issues in Household Finances. Here are some of the highlights: Overview The global ecnomic outlook has improved: due to: 1. Feedback between financial markets and the real economy has reversed direction 2. The inventory cycle has turned … Continue reading »