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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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Canada’s household debt burden falls to two-year low

In the News   |   June 15, 2018

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Canada’s household debt load took a notable step back from near-record levels in the first quarter of the year, as the trifecta of tougher mortgage rules, rising interest rates and accelerating incomes delivered a dose... read more

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Haunted by housing: Millennials let rip about their home ownership frustrations

In the News   |   June 13, 2018

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Although house prices have soared in many places, we still to a large extent tell ourselves that home ownership is doable if you save hard and have a decent job. It’s kind of a lie... read more

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Parents can financially suffocate their kids by helping them buy houses

In the News   |   June 7, 2018

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Today’s big test of parental devotion is the gift of money for a house down payment. Talk to financial planners and advisers these days and you’re almost certain to hear about their experiences with parents... read more

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How to protect yourself when your bank’s online security fails

In the News   |   May 31, 2018

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Lost money is the least of your problems if you’re a victim in a data breach like the one that has affected as many as 90,000 Bank of Montreal and Simplii Financial clients. Both banks... read more

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Lingering economic woes sow seeds of millennial discontent

Articles of Interest   |   April 27, 2018

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The young adults living with their parents or renting because buying a house is unaffordable are starting to get restless. In a new survey of 18- to 37-year-olds, 40 per cent of participants said their... read more

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