Personal Finance

Should you defer your mortgage, rent or credit card payments

Should you Defer Your Mortgage, Rent and Credit Card Payments?

With the world upside down, many people have been laid off or had their hours greatly reduced. As you can imagine, this has many people worried about how they’re going to pay their monthly bills. The government of Canada has done a reasonable job by introducing emergency measures that will provide income to some Canadians.…

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Canada’s Bank Travel Rewards Programs Ranked

One of the questions I get asked the most is what is the best travel program in Canada? That’s not an easy answer since it depends on the type of points you like to earn, how you like to use your points, what type of credit card you use, and more. That said, some travel…

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What to do With Your Investments Right Now

What to do With Your Investments Right Now

Okay, I know you’ve heard by now that COVID-19 has caused mass selloffs in the stock market. I haven’t checked the exact numbers, but I think things are down about 30% from the peak. This is obviously a huge number and has affected everyone. Some people are panicking, some people are doing nothing, but many…

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Travel Redemption Tricks | Optimize your miles and points

I write a lot about optimizing your travel and how to improve personal finances. These two subjects share a common hack which can be a very powerful one:  taking advantage of loyalty programs. Many people know the basics of loyalty programs, but when you understand how they work and use one of the best travel…

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How to Redeem Travel Points for Gift Cards or a Statement Credit

With most of the best travel rewards programs, redeeming your points for a gift card or statement credit is one of the worst things you can do since they offer low value compared to travel rewards. Generally speaking (and depending on the program), using your points for anything besides travel will devalue your points by…

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How COVID-19 Affects Insurance Policies

Two weeks ago I wrote about how trip cancellation insurance works since that was a major concern for many people, but the world has changed quite a but since then. COVID-19 has struck the economy and many Canadians are doing the right thing by looking at their budget to see where they can slash their…

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Compound Interest Definition and Explanation

Compound Interest Definition and Explanation

Compound interest is a common term you hear when it comes to investing. But, what exactly is compound interest, how does it work, and how can you best take advantage of it? I’m sharing what you need to know in this compound interest explanation. Compound interest definition So, what is compound interest? Compound interest is…

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How to Build a Relationship With Your Financial Advisor

I’ve worked with a handful of financial advisors over the years and I can honestly say I’ve never had a relationship with any of them until I connected with a fee only financial advisor. This shouldn’t be too surprising as many financial advisors (who are associated with a bank or investment firm) don’t exactly have…

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freelance taxes for Canadians

Freelance Taxes for Canadians

Ever since I started my side hustle, freelance taxes has been a major concern for me. I say major because I absolutely hate taxes. Despite the fact that I have a decent understanding of taxes, I just seem to have an irrational fear about them when tax season rolls around. Freelance taxes for Canadians applies to…

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LBC Digital Review

The best high interest savings accounts in Canada just got a new player as Laurentian Bank has just launched LBC Digital, an online bank that helps Canadians improve their financial health. Like many other digital banks, you’ll pay no fees and get a high interest rate which is currently at 2.05%. This is one of…

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