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Ottawa sees increase in personal tax revenue thanks to stronger economy, high-income earners

In the News   |   October 19, 2018

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Personal income tax revenue shot up by nearly $10-billion last year according to a federal government report that attributes the gain to a strengthening economy and the ripple effect of tax changes aimed at raising... read more

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There are better ways to defend against rising rates than paying down your mortgage

In the News   |   October 18, 2018

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Mortgage debt is the best debt. Remember that if you’re freaking out about having to renew a big mortgage at a time when interest rates are rising. The rate on a mortgage generally beats the... read more

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If households are this financially stressed now, how much misery is coming as rates rise?

In the News   |   October 11, 2018

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Two weeks ahead of what will likely be the next leg up for interest rates comes a warning of how much stress households already feel about money. Updating its Financial Health Index for 2018, a... read more

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This is the No. 1 wealth-killer in your household budget

In the News   |   October 5, 2018

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As a personal finance guy, I find two things to dislike about trends in car payments. One is the increasing preference for car loans with terms of eight years or more. The other is the... read more

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Carrick Talks Money: How to ensure your money lasts through retirement

Videos   |   October 1, 2018

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 Personal finance columnist Rob Carrick talks to author Fred Vettese about the best practices to stretch your retirement savings.... read more

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Parents, are your kids away at university or college properly insured?

In the News   |   September 18, 2018

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This is a delicate time to dump extra expenses on students living away from home and their parents, but $200 or so for tenant insurance could be a smart purchase. Students attending university or college... read more

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Carrick Talks Money: Is social media damaging our finances?

Videos   |   September 6, 2018

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Personal finance expert Rob Carrick discusses how social media and the fear of missing out, can affect your finances with Shannon Lee Simmons, author of ‘Worry-Free Money’.... read more

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Despite a strong economy, debt-related stress is on the rise in Canada

In the News   |   September 5, 2018

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Like an antibiotics-resistant germ, household debt is holding up alarmingly well as the economy improves. A new survey shows the economic growth of the past year has helped ease some of the financial challenges faced... read more

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Carrick Talks Money: How can you say no to spending without feeling guilty?

Videos   |   September 5, 2018

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Rob Carrick discusses how to say no to friends and family who want to involve you in things you can’t afford, with Shannon Lee Simmons, author of Worry-Free Money.... read more

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High-income earners paid $4.6-billion less in taxes in 2016 despite higher rate for top 1 per cent

In the News   |   August 27, 2018

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The Liberal government’s tax on Canada’s top 1 per cent failed to produce the promised billions in new revenue in its first year, as high-income earners actually paid $4.6-billion less in federal taxes. The Liberal... read more

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How long should millennials live with their parents to save for a home?

In the News   |   August 13, 2018

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Living at home with her parents at the age of 28, Stephanie Clarke wants to get on with her life. But how? She has a multiyear plan for building up a down payment for a... read more

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Toronto is no city for young people

In the News   |   August 2, 2018

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One of the informal rules of personal finance is that the cost of rent is supposed to eat up no more than 30 per cent of your gross monthly income. In Toronto, 50 per cent... read more

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Why it’s not your fault it’s so hard to understand investing

In the News   |   July 6, 2018

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If investment-industry websites were books, the reviews would be brutal. “The problem with the copy that we’re reading and analyzing is that it is turgid, dense and complex,” said Fergal McGovern, chief executive of VisibleThread,... read more

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Why some homeowners will pay more than expected to renew their mortgage

In the News   |   July 4, 2018

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New accounting rules adopted by the banks mean they’re paying closer attention than ever before to your financial situation and your home’s value when you renew a mortgage. Mortgage renewals used to be utterly routine... read more

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Gen X, Y and Z parents: Don’t make this boomer money mistake with your kids

In the News   |   June 27, 2018

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The best financial support that parents can offer their children is a fully paid university or college education, not a house down payment. This needs to be said following the recent release of some research by Royal... read more

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