Enjoy a glittering Christmas that stays within your budget

Whether tough times force your hand or you just want to start January without a credit card bill, you can still enjoy a glittering, happy holiday season

Enjoy a glittering Christmas that stays within your budgetWhat if I told you that ‘cutting corners’ can transform Christmas from a hectic, stressful money drain into a joyous, energizing experience? I understand if you are skeptical, but let me show you how it is possible to save money at the same time you enjoy a sumptuous, all the trimmings holiday season. The secret…

Increasing consumer debt and rising interest rates worrisome

Rising rates will lead to less consumer spending and impact Canada’s economy and business growth

Increasing consumer debt and rising interest rates worrisomeRising interest rates combined with near record high consumer debt levels are expected to increase the number of Canadian consumers who will be forced into insolvency over the next year, warns the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP). The association says historically there has been about a two-year lag between the time interest…

A will gives you control of your affairs after your death

Sandy Lyons of Grant Thornton Ltd. explains that, when you die without a will, any prior verbal wishes to family and next of kin can be set aside

A will gives you control of your affairs after your deathSandy Lyons is a licensed insolvency trustee with Grant Thornton Ltd.’s consumer insolvency team in Calgary. Why do so many people not have a will? Lyons: It can be a matter of cost, not wanting to look at and plan for end of life, a lack of understanding and knowledge of what steps must be completed…

Lack of financial literacy skills hurting Canadians

MNP survey says without necessary skills, Canadians are easily lured into debt

Lack of financial literacy skills hurting CanadiansA lack of skills and education are contributing to surging consumer debt in Canada, says a new survey by MNP Ltd. Survey results, which were released on Tuesday, said 85 per cent of Canadians agree that financial literacy in Canada is lacking, and this lack of knowledge is contributing to Canada’s consumer debt problem (87…

Canadians worried about rising interest rates

MNP report says millennials have never experienced a time when credit wasn’t cheap and easily accessible

Canadians worried about rising interest ratesCanadians are increasingly fearful of interest rate hikes, according to the latest MNP Consumer Debt Index, which was released on Tuesday. MNP said the fear of a rate increase has intensified over the past few months. One-third of Canadians express concern that rising rates could move them towards bankruptcy. That’s a six-point increase since June.…

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debt

Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debtThe average consumer debt continues to rise in Alberta with the highest level in the country, according to the latest Equifax Canada Q2 2018 National Consumer Credit Trends Report which was released on Wednesday. Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities and Alberta had the highest for all the…

Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ heads

Sébastien Barrillier of Locnest talks about how their model offers a simple solution to the security deposit problem

Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ headsSebastien Barrillier is president of Locnest. What is Locnest and how does it work? Barrillier: Locnest provides lease guarantee services to Canadian landlords and tenants. Our lease guarantee can replace security deposits in jurisdictions where they’re permitted and act as a guarantor or co-signer in jurisdictions where they’re not, providing landlords with a secure and…

Millennials face challenges dealing with inheritance

Shawnette Fraser of TD Canada Trust says its important to remember that there are emotions at play

Millennials face challenges dealing with inheritanceShawnette Fraser is district vice-president of Calgary North for TD Canada Trust. How big of a market is the millennial generation these days for Canadian financial institutions? Fraser: Millennials make up a large portion of our population, and as customer service-based business we need to be looking to how we can best support them in their…

Calgary Financial Planning Firm Wins International Award

Ideal Life Experience Ltd. recognized as Best Boutique Financial Advisory for 2018

Calgary Financial Planning Firm Wins International AwardNews release Wealth and Finance International recognized a Calgary firm, Ideal Life Experience Ltd. as Best Boutique Financial Advisory for 2018. Earlier this year, Ideal Life Experience Ltd. was nominated by KPMG for People’s Choice Award & ATB Small Business of the Year Award! “I’m very humbled by the attention,” said Dean Kendall, CEO, “I…

Home equity lines of credit untapped by Canadian homeowners

But CMHC warns that tapping into your home equity can lead to greater indebtedness and wealth erosion

Home equity lines of credit untapped by Canadian homeownersAbout one in three home equity lines of credit (HELOC) are untapped in Canada and balances are significantly below the maximum available borrowing limit, according to a report released on Tuesday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. CMHC said more than three-quarters of household debt is backed by real estate. It cited data from Equifax…

Was the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated by official misjudgment?

Countries as disparate as Ireland, Iceland and Greece showed that misplaced financial exuberance has many pedigrees

Was the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated by official misjudgment?We were on a train from London to Edinburgh when the financial crisis erupted in September 2008. The newspaper headlines were downright lurid and the detailed stories provided little comfort. A financial catastrophe was about to descend on all of us. As relatively recent retirees, we felt particularly vulnerable. There’d be no time or opportunity…

Canadians hold $1.69 in debt for every $1 of disposable income

Household credit market debt totalled $2,166.0 billion in the second quarter

Canadians hold $1.69 in debt for every $1 of disposable incomeCredit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income continues to increase in Canada but at a slower pace, according to a report released on Friday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency said household credit market debt (consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans) totalled $2,166.0 billion in the second quarter. Mortgage debt reached…

Buying or renting a home – what’s the best choice?

The cost of renting will increase more rapidly than the cost of homeownership: report

Buying or renting a home – what’s the best choice?It’s the million-dollar question many Canadians will face. Should I buy or rent a home? Well a new report by Mortgage Professionals Canada suggests homeownership is an affordable alternative as rent costs rise. “The report demonstrates that the money Canadians are spending on monthly rent, if used instead to finance a home, would be a…

Indebted Canadians feeling more optimistic

As a country, we owe an astounding $599 billion on credit cards and other non-mortgage consumer debt: MNP

Indebted Canadians feeling more optimisticCanadians are feeling better about their level of debt and there’s increasing optimism on issues related to personal finance, says a new report released on Monday by MNP. Its Consumer Debt Index found that 61 per cent of Canadians feel their debt situation has improved, including 27 per cent who say their debt situation is…

Concerns about Canadian household debt easing

Accelerating disposable income and slowing mortgage growth are the driving forces behind the recent improvement

Concerns about Canadian household debt easingConcerns about household debt in Canada have come down a notch – the first real signs of easing indebtedness in decades, according to a report by RBC Economic Research. The Focus on Canada’s Household Debt report, by senior economist Robert Hogue, says the first quarter of 2018 experienced the largest quarterly drop in the debt-to-income ratio…
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