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‘There’s no point in credit card points’

In the News   |   October 18, 2019

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There was a surprising twist when a personal finance newsletter called The Lean House Effect recently pitted credit card travel points against cashback for the title of best reward program. Cashback won, but that’s not... read more

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Living with financial stress – does it have to be this way?

CFEE Blog   |   October 9, 2019

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In a Globe and Mail article on October 2nd, drawing on information sourced from the Conference Board of Canada and BDO, Michael Babad laid out a pretty good statistical picture of the financial situation and... read more

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Should you tip when buying coffee or a sandwich?

In the News   |   October 9, 2019

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Some readers are going to freak when they read the headline on this edition of the newsletter. They already question current tipping customs in restaurants and bars. Now, they’re having to confront the idea of... read more

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Feel like a slave to your debts and your job? A personal finance movement based on early retirement is here to help

In the News   |   October 7, 2019

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Neal Chambers is a 39-year-old electrical engineer with a problematic work-life balance. Basically, the balance is off: Work is winning, and Mr. Chambers wants to change that. For advice and moral support, he’s attending a... read more

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Rising house, gas prices highlight how powerless politicians are to make life more affordable

In the News   |   September 19, 2019

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The problem with attacking the rising cost of living is that it always fights back. It happened this week when the federal Conservatives made an election promise to trim the rate on the lowest tax... read more

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How to build a credit score that gets you a great mortgage rate

In the News   |   September 17, 2019

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Too many people are skipping a simple first step in buying a home – checking their credit score. Credit scores are widely available at no cost these days. And when you do check yours, it’s... read more

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This country needs to help renters more than it needs another program to help home buyers

In the News   |   September 16, 2019

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The Liberal election announcement on housing on Thursday is a reminder of how we cling to the outdated idea of home ownership for all. House prices in some of our biggest cities are rising to... read more

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Banks are offering cash and iPads to people opening new chequing accounts — should you bite?

In the News   |   August 9, 2019

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If you’re up for a bribe, it’s a great time to open a chequing account with one of the big banks. Royal Bank of Canada will give you an iPad that appears to have a... read more

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Average Canadian household spent more on taxes than living costs in 2018, report finds

In the News   |   August 6, 2019

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The average Canadian household paid nearly $40,000 in taxes last year, more than the combined cost of clothing, food and shelter, according to a new report. The Fraser Institute’s annual Canadian Consumer Tax Index is... read more

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If you love to judge people on their spending habits, this website’s for you

Articles of Interest   |   August 2, 2019

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Money Diaries, an online feature which people reveal their spending habits in minute and sometimes painful detail, launched in Canada on Tuesday. Can we handle it? In its U.S. version, Money Diaries has generated discussions... read more

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Dragons’ Den star’s startup gets $300-million to fuel growth of e-commerce companies

In the News   |   August 1, 2019

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A Toronto startup co-led by Dragons’ Den star Michele Romanow that is aiming to transform how young e-commerce companies finance their growth has secured US$300-million in capital to fund its own expansion. Clear Finance Technology Corp., which... read more

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Six reasons why a savings account is an awesome place for your money right now

In the News   |   July 29, 2019

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If you look at both risk and reward, high-rate savings accounts might be a better place for your money than any alternative. Stocks are having a great year, but we saw late last year how... read more

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TFSAs have been a disappointment in getting Canadians to save more

Articles of Interest   |   July 19, 2019

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Everyone loves tax-free savings accounts – this is not in dispute. But how good are TFSAs for the country? A study recently published in the Canadian Tax Journal raises some doubts. “The key question that... read more

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Online password overload making your head explode? A cyberfraud expert has the answer

In the News   |   July 17, 2019

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Technology’s most epic fail of the past two decades is arguably that passwords are still being used for internet security. Passwords were manageable 20 years ago, when we frequented a small number of websites at... read more

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Got cash in your wallet? Didn’t think so

In the News   |   July 10, 2019

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The average amount of cash carried by Canadians is just under $45, according to a recent survey by a company in the payments business called Square. But a lot of us are going around with... read more

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