A recent poll by CIBC shows Canadians are feeling increasingly positive about their financial standing for the new year – and are looking to put a plan into action to increase their wealth.
Make 2013 your best year yet with a foolproof financial plan. Whether you’re looking to pay down debt, increase your spendings, or strengthen your investments, read on for tips to setting your money priorities.
When it comes to personal finance, Canadians are know-it-alls. Or at least they think they are, according to the RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook survey. On a national scale, 70 per cent of Canadians rate their own financial knowledge as “excellent / good”, while another 65 per cent think the average Canadian’s ranks as “not very good” when it comes to financial know-how.
Who doesn’t dream of winning the lottery? Cashing in on the finer things in life and taking early retirement may seem like bliss, but a windfall can be too good to be true. Read on to find out how winning can actually lead to financial disaster – and what to do to protect your money if you actually win.
Do your retirement goals seem increasingly out of reach? The formula you’re using for saving just might be outdated. Read to learn more about the new standard retirement number – and stress less about retirement.
Looking to plan for your financial future? The rate of return estimate you start with can make all the difference in the success (or failure) of your investment. While it may seem daunting to predict the future with confidence, it’s vital for you to determine what return percentage you expect to receive before designing your financial or retirement plan.
It’s the great Canadian dream – retire as early as you can and kick back to enjoy your golden years in relaxed style. For many Canadians, though, this simply isn’t a reality – and as pension possibilities dwindle, many are on their own when it comes to saving for their senior years. We’ve got a few ways to help cut corners – and make the most of your post-pension finances.
Paying taxes may be a groan-worthy concept under the best of circumstances – but it’s a whole other ball game when you’re self employed. No longer relegated to springtime tax season, freelancers need to keep their tax requirements top-of-mind year-round. We’ve got a few pointers to help you navigate the world of receipt hoarding, harmonized sales tax and write-offs with a little less pain – and potentially more profit for you!
In the second chapter of our Learn To Trade Stocks Online Series, we strive to find the perfect brokerage for our investment strategy needs. Who’s better – independent discount brokerages or the big bank offerings? What’s the deal with commission structures? And what kind of hidden fees could be lurking? We break it all down – the hunt is on!
Rounding up our Regional Real Estate series, we take a look at Toronto’s housing market. For most first time home buyers, a downtown condo poses as a good starter option – but you’ll be hard pressed to find a single family home within the 416. The Big Smoke also poses significant challenges for those looking to buy for the first time – when you factor in high unemployment and level of debt, buying is often ruled out altogether. A predicted price drop, however, could change everything.