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As rising living costs go, families with children are inflation roadkill

In the News   |   June 7, 2019

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A new study says the official inflation rate is underplaying the financial stress being felt by families with children. Statistics Canada’s consumer price index is a carefully built gauge of the changing cost of a... read more

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We’re treating our pets like people, and that’s expensive

In the News   |   May 31, 2019

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Lots of investing companies send their research to journalists in an attempt to generate some publicity. Most of it is not worth sharing you with, but there are exceptions, such as a recent note from... read more

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Alberta slashes minimum wage for teen students

In the News   |   May 28, 2019

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Alberta’s United Conservative government is cutting the minimum wage for students under 18, an attack on a key policy championed by the previous NDP government, which is seeing its legacy quickly undone under Premier Jason... read more

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The latest debt stats show how banks are trying to keep their customers hooked on borrowing

In the News   |   May 22, 2019

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Full credit to the banks for resourcefulness in selling Canadians on ways to rack up more debt. The latest debt numbers from the credit-monitoring firm TransUnion Canada suggest developments in real estate lending have slowed... read more

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Asphyxiation by pension: Amid competing financial pressures, one millennial feels smothered by retirement saving

In the News   |   May 17, 2019

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A defined benefit pension is a rare and precious thing in today’s work force. There’s even a phrase, pension envy, to describe the muttering of pension-less people about those who will receive monthly retirement income... read more

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How a hot trend in electronic banking is making life easier for seniors

In the News   |   May 15, 2019

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Can we all agree that paying for stuff with a tap of your debit or credit card is perhaps the greatest innovation in banking since the ATM? There may not be a technology that is... read more

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Is it harder for young adults to launch financially today? You bet

In the News   |   May 10, 2019

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Personal finance was simpler back in the connect-the-dots world where people commonly moved from graduation or college to starting a career to marriage to home ownership to raising a family to retirement. Save for a... read more

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A lot of Canadians seem to have stopped investing to pay down their debts

In the News   |   May 8, 2019

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An atrocious RRSP season for the investment industry may suggest Canadians are making some pretty smart personal-finance decisions right now. The theory goes like this: Flows of money into investment products of all types fell... read more

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Canada needs a better picture of how households are faring

In the News   |   April 23, 2019

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How has the past decade been for you? Are you happy with your financial progress? Answering that question is difficult without knowing how other people are doing – and that information can be surprisingly hard... read more

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How raising the age for CPP and OAS to 67 would benefit the whole country

In the News   |   April 15, 2019

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It’s time to acknowledge that people are both working and living longer by increasing the standard age for starting retirement benefits to 67, Canada’s actuaries say. Raising the retirement age for Canada and Quebec pension-plan... read more

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No, it is not OK to be ‘house poor’

In the News   |   April 10, 2019

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There is one thing above all others that our society encourages you to overspend on – houses. We even have a cute phrase for buying more home than you can afford: “house poor.” And being... read more

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A turbo-charged but dangerous way to earn more credit card reward points

In the News   |   March 29, 2019

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The obsessive pursuit of credit card reward points has opened the door for people to put their rent on plastic, as well as their taxes, utility bills, tuition and more. A bunch of financial technology... read more

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Federal Budget 2019: Eight ways the Budget will affect your personal finances

Lesson Plans   |   March 20, 2019

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This article and lesson plan help students examine the highlights and features of the 2019 Budget and assess its impact, strengths and weaknesses – as well as exploring which groups may be happy, or unhappy,... read more

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Federal budget 2019: Eight ways the budget will affect your personal finances

In the News   |   March 20, 2019

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The federal budget doubles down on help for first-time homebuyers, but it also sets its sights on students, environmentally minded car buyers, low-income seniors and people worried about outliving their money in retirement. Pre-election budgets... read more

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Carrick Talks Money: Rob's financial rules for car buying

Videos   |   March 20, 2019

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 Rob Carrick thinks people are spending too much money on vehicles these days and shares some financial rules he follows when buying a car.... read more

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