Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has repeatedly warned Canadians to simmer down on their borrowing costs – but that hasn’t stopped us from racking up a new 8-year record high debt level. According to credit bureau TransUnion, average Canadian debt levels (excluding mortgages) reached $26,221 in the second quarter – an increase of $192.
Recent finance headlines are full of news on the Barclays Libor scandal. For those not familiar with the global interbank lending interest rate, the news puts into question the validity of trillions of dollars in loans granted between 2006 and 2008. Will Canadian finances be affected? If their bank used this benchmark rate to trade with international financial institutions during this time period, they very well could be.
Being your own boss certainly comes with some sweet perks- nothing beats creating your own schedule and choosing your work. But self employment can leave you more vulnerable in times of need, and present unique challenges if you’re looking for some extra cash. Fortunately, you are still eligible for employment insurance and loans – the key is to be prepared.
Need a hand when times are tough? There are government-provided grants and loans out there to aid the struggling entrepreneur or aspiring student. Read on to find out where the money is and how to access it – and take charge of your financial future.
The ease in which Canadians can get their hands on borrowed funds is astonishing. When I sat down to write this piece, I wanted to talk about the newest Statistics Canada report on Canadian debt levels, which are extraordinarily high. As I started writing my phone rang and the conversation that ensued blew my mind. I was experiencing first hand how easy it is to get into debt.
Let’s be honest; most of us don’t start saving for something until we really want it – by then most of us wish we started saving a heck of a lot earlier. When we’re younger we save for smaller, more attainable things, like CDs, concert tickets and new clothes. As we mature, we start looking at the bigger picture. There are many reasons why you might want to start saving some money.
For the second time in 12 months the Greek debt crisis is threatening to derail the already shaky global economic recovery. The country is close to default again and they want the core European countries, France and Germany, to bail them out, again. Last year Canada emerged unscathed, but this year, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is saying our nation faces a “real danger” of contagion. If Greece defaults, Flaherty’s biggest concern is Canada’s banking system could be damaged by the ripple affects.