June 14, 2013
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The financial lessons we learn in childhood set the stage for our economic success later in life. However, today’s consumer is surrounded by encouragement to spend and rack up credit. What can parents do to cut through this spendthrift static?
For many, financial literacy starts in the home. If you’re looking to impart the value of a dollar on your child, check out our guide to starting the conversation.
3 Tips For Teens: Get a Summer Job
Everyone remembers their first gig – and the sweet feeling of holding their paycheque for the very first time. Employment is a great way for teens to gain appreciation for the value of a dollar, and develop the money management skills they’ll need later in life.
Unfortunately, not all teens are keen to swap the couch for the workplace this summer – but you can help! Check out these top ways to make your teen employable.
Read Allan’s Blog | Get A Summer Job
5 Fun Financial Literacy Activities For Kids
School may be ending for the summer, but the opportunities for learning don’t have to. With so many family outings and trips taking place this season, why not add financial literacy to the mix?
From zoo outings to the week’s groceries, here are some ways to turn daily activities into valuable finance takeaways.
Read Diane’s Blog | Fun Financial Literacy Activities
The 6 Most Important Money Lessons For Kids
According to a RateSupermarket.ca poll, half of adults say they learned the most about money management from their parents – yet for many, it’s a challenge to open up to their kids about financial matters.
Looking for a way to broach the topic? Here are six important finance lessons to teach your kids.
Read Melanie’s Blog | The 6 Most Important Money Lessons For Kids
Hot and Fresh Finance Headlines!
Lock In While They’re Low
The June outlook has been released by RateSupermarket.ca’s expert panel, and an increase is anticipated for fixed mortgage rates.
Read Kelvin’s Blog | Lock In While They’re Low
Canadians Spend An Average Of $95 On Father’s Day Gifts
A new BMO study shows Canadians spend an average of $95 on Father’s Day gifts. Looking to spoil Dad without breaking the bank? Check out these frugal gift ideas that’ll still make you Dad’s favourite.
Read Penelope’s Blog | Canadians Spend $95 On Father’s Day
Pension Plan Solvency: Good News For Members
Low interest rates lead to higher pension plan solvency, according to The Mercer Pensions Health Index. It’s good news for members of company sponsored pension plans.
Read Sean’s Blog | Pension Plan Solvency
Is It Possible To Short The Canadian Housing Market?
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently expressed disapproval toward those who plan to short the Canadian housing market. How does short selling work, and could it apply to Canada’s market conditions?
Read Rubina’s Blog | Short The Canadian Housing Market
How Property Tax Deferral Programs Can Save Your Home
Property tax deferral programs, created to help seniors maintain affordability in their homes, are gaining traction across Canada.
Read Andrew’s Blog | Property Tax Deferral Programs
TD Fixed Mortgage Rates Also Rise
TD fixed mortgage rates are the next to increase, as Government of Canada bond yields continue to trend higher.
Read Penelope’s Blog | TD Fixed Mortgage Rates Also Rise
RBC To Hike Fixed Mortgage Rates
RBC has announced an increase in their fixed mortgage rates, to go into effect June 10. What are the economic factors that lead to fixed mortgage rate change?
Read Penelope’s Blog | RBC To Hike Fixed Mortgage Rates
This week we asked our readers:
What taught you the most about money management?
50% of respondents say the bulk of their financial literacy education came from their parents – it was an important topic in the home and they were directly involved with their family’s money management.
43.2% say their first summer job provided a financial wakeup call, and taught them the basics of spending and saving wisely.
6.8% say they learned the most about financial literacy in a classroom.
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