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The brief, shining moment of rising rates for savers and conservative investors is over

In the News   |   February 15, 2019

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Will nothing save Canada’s savers from low-interest-rate purgatory? Just six months ago, returns on guaranteed investment certificates and high-rate savings accounts were edging higher and there was a sense of more to come. Then came... read more

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Condo conundrum: How to balance a large down payment without feeling house poor?

In the News   |   February 4, 2019

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At age 29, Zack is in an enviable position. He has a well-paying job, good benefits and a low-rent apartment in downtown Toronto. Because he lives modestly, he is able to save a substantial sum.... read more

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Going cashless: How far will Canadians go in parting with their bills and coins?

In the News   |   January 28, 2019

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This is the first of a multi-part series that looks at Canada’s movement toward a cashless society. Soon after recreational cannabis consumption was legalized in Canada in October, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner offered... read more

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Why first-time home buyers should take their time and not rush into the market in 2019

In the News   |   January 23, 2019

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The weakening trend in house prices has done next to nothing to help affordability in the country’s most expensive markets. A 2019 home ownership strategy for those who want to buy in these cities, but... read more

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Carrick Talks Money: It's okay to spend some savings during your healthiest retirement years

Videos   |   January 22, 2019

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 The Globe’s Rob Carrick has always stressed saving for retirement, but given the limited period of peak health after age 65 it’s important to spend wisely and enjoy yourself.... read more

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The problem with home equity lines of credit? Perma-debt

In the News   |   January 17, 2019

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We need warnings labels for home equity lines of credit. HELOCs are like drugs – helpful to many and dangerous or even addictive to a significant minority. A survey to be issued Tuesday by the Financial Consumer... read more

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These are the top things you should do in 2019 to reduce your stress about money

In the News   |   January 9, 2019

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The year ahead does not look promising for those who feel financially stressed. Economic growth seems to be slowing, as are wage gains. The stock market is in a foul mood, and fast-rising house prices... read more

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Young and riskless: Millennials taking a pass on stocks to emphasize savings

In the News   |   December 19, 2018

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Somewhere down the line, the young adults known as millennials are going to have to get their act together as investors. Right now, the strong preference for saving money rather than investing makes good sense.... read more

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Getting up close and personal with your credit score

In the News   |   December 14, 2018

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One of the most positive personal-finance developments of the past couple of years is how easy it’s getting to check your credit score, which is what lenders look at when assessing you as a borrower.... read more

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Two proven ways to feel better about your finances

In the News   |   November 30, 2018

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As we head into the final month of the year, spend a few minutes thinking about what you’d like to do in 2019 to improve your financial position. Two ways to look at the possible... read more

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What if today’s economy is as good as it gets for your personal finances?

  |   November 28, 2018

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It’s not too soon to start preparing for the next economic downturn. Shrink your debts, build savings and avoid new entanglements that will place additional strain on your finances. Plan for weak stock markets, squishy... read more

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Get that kid a credit card – you can’t reach financial adulthood without one

  |   November 22, 2018

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A propos of financial literacy month in Canada, Rob Carrick examines changes in attitudes among young Canadians regarding credit cards. Noting that using credit is necessary to establish a credit rating, Mr. Carrick also reports... read more

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You’re raw meat for a food industry that knows how to get you to spend more to feed your family

  |   November 22, 2018

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The food industry is eating your lunch. By appealing to your need for convenience, food producers and retailers are getting you to spend extra on prepared foods and restaurant meals rather than cooking for yourself.... read more

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Poster: Skills For Achieving Financial Health And Well-Being

  |   November 19, 2018

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Financial Education Has Evolved. CFEE has observed the changes in and evolution of financial education over many years now. There has been a continuous escalation in the recognition of the importance of financial capability in... read more

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Let’s see if buying a house is the cure for sky-high rents

  |   November 19, 2018

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High rents got you down? Maybe you should own a home instead. In Toronto and Vancouver, the median cost for a one-bedroom apartment is close to $2,200. Even with mortgage rates up a fair bit... read more

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