‘Bad things happen to good people’

Debt woes began with 2013 flood, followed by her husband’s unexpected death

‘Bad things happen to good people’Special Report Part 5 in our five-part series Back in Balance Name: Linda Penney Age: 59 Occupation: Dining room supervisor at a facility for senior citizens, part-time tax preparer, part-time insurance sales Two brutal years of turmoil began for Linda Penny in 2013. She was forced out of her home, her dream of opening a new…

Fraudster ruined woman’s plans for early retirement

Troy Media talks to everyday Albertans who are working to become debt free

Fraudster ruined woman’s plans for early retirementSpecial Report Part 4 in our five-part series Back in Balance Name: Sandra (not her real name) Occupation: Federal public service employee Age: 58 Sandra was lonely, depressed and anxious after the painful separation from and then death of her former husband. Her friends suggested she look for a companion on a dating website, someone who could her…

Injury and job losses push Calgarians to live off credit cards

As people dig out from Alberta’s worst recession in three decades, Troy Media talks to everyday Albertans who are working to become debt free

Injury and job losses push Calgarians to live off credit cardsSpecial Report Part 3 in our five-part series Back in Balance Name: Linda Pierce Age: 53 Residence: Calgary Occupation: Office administrator At one of the lowest points in Linda Pierce’s 10-plus-year debt roller-coaster ride, she worked three part-time jobs while raising three teenage daughters. Amid it all, she suffered an ankle injury that required surgery, a…

Surprise tax bill in the mail was the final straw

Four Albertans rebounding from debt: ‘I was losing sleep and avoiding phone calls from unknown numbers’

Surprise tax bill in the mail was the final strawSpecial Report Part 2 in our five-part series Back in Balance Name: Amy Mahon Occupation: Mother of four children, full-time administrative assistant for Alberta Health Services Age: 41 Amy Mahon remembers her breaking point. It was the day she opened a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency and read that she owed $5,000 in back taxes.…

The stories of four Albertans working to slay their debt demons

Albertans are racking up debt in record levels but help is available

The stories of four Albertans working to slay their debt demonsSpecial Report Part 1 in our 5-part series Back in Balance Albertans are drowning in debt and many don’t even realize it until the creditors come knocking. Almost every week, another distressing report emerges about Canadians’ rising household debt. Albertans consistently sit at the top of the in-the-red list. This province has just come through…

The hard truth about CPP’s failures

Canadians receive meagre rates of return on CPP contributions and the program has other key shortcomings

The hard truth about CPP’s failuresBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Misperceptions plague the public’s view of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), despite efforts to provide some clarity. Mark Machin, chief executive officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) – the organization tasked with investing CPP contributions – recently hit the road in a cross-country…

Lofty valuations, volatile markets leave investors anxious

It seems as if investors have forgotten how to gauge market uncertainty. Any potential bad news has them panicking

Lofty valuations, volatile markets leave investors anxiousBy Kenneth Kaczkowski and Isaac Maresky Troy Media exclusive The start of 2018 has seen markets flashing red, with investors questioning the stability of the market. February’s meltdown led to a significant market correction of over 10 per cent. Volatility has become just one of several fears, with the recent technology selloff and fears of…

Investing with your conscience – and with common sense

Ethical investing is a bit broader than donating, since the benefits extend beyond supporting a cause to also expecting a financial return

Investing with your conscience – and with common senseMany financial new-age thinkers encourage people to invest ‘ethically,’ based on the notion that your money should be invested in things that do good – for your community, your country or humanity more broadly – instead of just creating financial returns. We’ve been programmed to consider return and risk as the primary (if not only)…

Should you defer collecting CPP and OAS?

Can you afford to hold off and increase your payments later? Will you need more CPP and OAS later in life? And how long do you expect to live?

Should you defer collecting CPP and OAS?Most people know they can start collecting their Canada Pension Plan (CPP) at age 60, even though they’ll get smaller monthly payments than if they waited until 65. Many people just want the money now and don’t care about any added benefits to delaying CPP and Old Age Security (OAS). The standard CPP and OAS…

Looking backward to predict future investment performance

Be sure to read the fine print if you see a variable-rate investment such as an ETF or a mutual fund advertising what looks like a promised future return

Looking backward to predict future investment performanceLong-term investors need to be concerned about personal annualized return – the return on their money over the entire period of the investment. When investing in guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), your annualized return is known when you make your investment. For example, you buy a five-year GIC that pays three per cent so you know…
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