Good for you! You’ve made the smart decision to open a new savings account. You have a budget and a plan. All you need to do is open the account, which is, no doubt, the easiest part of the journey. Once you make that first deposit, the exciting part is watching your money grow. Most banks require 2 pieces of identification in order to open an account. One of those pieces must be photo ID.
Tax-free? Is there such a thing? Apparently, there is. A Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a registered general-purpose savings vehicle with one goal in mind – to help you meet your long-term savings goals. The accounts are flexible, and allow you to earn tax-free investment income. Not only that, but they complement other savings plans, such as RRSPs and RESPs.
A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is a savings option where you agree to invest your money for a certain amount of time in exchange for interest on your money. It’s considered a safe investment because your principal is secure.
Observing Financial Literacy Week is a great idea. But there are 51 other weeks in a year where you should also be concentrating on how to reduce costs, save money, and improve your investments for the future. Here are five areas to focus on.
First off, congratulations to you. You followed your gut instincts and launched a business. Now, truly against the odds, it’s not only survived, but is flourishing. However, owning a successful business does not necessarily equate to a successful retirement plan. Here’s a look at some options to help ensure you retire the way you’d like.
Before you venture into investing, you need to determine two things: your personal risk tolerance and your needs and goals. In order to do this properly, you need to understand the different types of investments and the amount of risk involved with each.