Tax Free Savings Accounts were created in 2009 as a way for Canadians to invest for their future. With the latest change in Government, Canadians can now contribute up to $5,500 per year in their TFSA. Here is what you need to know about a TFSA: 1) You are allowed to contribute up to $5,500 per year to an account. If you have not contributed previously you can contribute up to $46,500 into a TFSA in 2016. 2) A TFSA is not your typical "savings account". Many people are under the as...More
RRSP Season Begins Today!
RRSP season begins today...not next January or February! Did you wait until the last minute to contribute to your RRSP? January and February are traditionally the busiest months for RRSP contributions. Everyone scrambles to make a contribution before the March deadline in the hopes of reducing their income taxes. Reducing taxes is always a good thing but there is a smart way and a not so smart way to do this. A lifetime ago I worked in a local branch of one of the countries largest fin...More
Divorce…the seven letter word that feels like a four letter word!
So you’ve come to the point in your life where you are one of the statistics; you’re getting divorced. Divorce is never easy but with the right attitude, and some planning, you can minimize the stress and pain it inflicts on you and your family. Debbie Shawn of Divorce Matters suggests that the most important piece of advice she can offer is to remember that while you may be ending your marriage it is virtually impossible to end the relationship with your spouse. There will always be mome...More
Got kids? Get your free money!
It's not often that the government offers you free money but when they do you should take advantage of it! If you have kids you should consider opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for them. Even if you don't have extra funds to contribute yourself it's a great place to park birthday or Christmas money that your child may receive from friends and family. The free money is the contribution the government will make to the plan in the form of the Canada Education Savings Gr...More
The Times They Have Changed
A decade ago money seemed to be falling from trees. If you had a pulse and could fog a mirror you could qualify for a mortgage in North America. The US housing market was booming and Canada was following in its footsteps. American lenders were in Canada growing their subprime mortgage business and the big banks were extending amortization periods and actively growing their portfolios with folks who could not prove their income. A decade later, the US housing market has imploded on itself ...More
What are you doing to become financially independent? Most of us struggle just to get through the day with little thought to our financial futures but wouldn't it be nice to reach a point where work became an option and not a necessity! Here are three things you need to do to attain financial independence: 1) Spend less than you make. Duh...but how many Canadian households fail to do this? The answer is far too many! 2) Pay yourself first. Are you saving a percentage of e...More
Welcome to my new web site!
I’m happy to launch my new web site. Welcome! I need to thank Mandi Gould for all her hard work on developing this site. I think she did a great job and I could not have done it without her! If anyone out there is looking for a virtual assistant or event planner I would not hesitate to recommend Mandi. She delivered on everything she promised faster than I could keep up! Check out her web site at: http://mandigould.com Over the coming days, weeks, and months, I will be writing articles on ...More