Canadians $1.77 in debt for every dollar of disposable income

The "good news" is that debt is growing at a slower pace

Canadians $1.77 in debt for every dollar of disposable incomeHousehold credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income fell to 177.1 per cent in the second quarter of this year, the third consecutive quarterly decline, as income grew slightly faster than debt, according to a report released Friday by Statistics Canada. “In other words, there was $1.77 in credit market debt for…

Moral investment constraints too onerous for pension funds

Never mind that reducing the choices available to a fund manager can result in negative consequences for pensioners

Moral investment constraints too onerous for pension fundsSome Canadian institutional investment and pension funds have faced scrutiny recently because they owned or own shares in American prison-management companies GEO and CoreCivic. That criticism is unwarranted and unfair. These firms operate prisons, detention centres and rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. Given that the U.S. incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world,…

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?

Choosing investments that fit your emotional limits will help you to minimize your bad investment behaviour

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?There are three main reasons why investors consistently under-perform the investment indices: bad investor behaviour high investment costs, and high investment Portfolio Turnover Ratios (PTRs) Of the three reasons listed above, No. 1 (bad investor behaviour) is the biggy – accounting for over half of all lost investment returns. When it comes to our investment…

It’s hip to be Square: payment device expanding its reach

Square Reader is changing the way small businesses process transactions, putting budding entrepreneurs on a more even playing field with big business

It’s hip to be Square: payment device expanding its reachThe Square Reader is well used at cafes, markets and events like art walks. And now it’s expanding its reach with new payment solutions. Perhaps you want to start a little enterprise or maybe just get rid of some unused household items. But few people use cheques or carry cash. Square lets you give these…

Cash-strapped Canadians using homes as ATMs to pay off bills

Overall consumer credit balances continued to grow in the second quarter – up to $1.88 trillion

Cash-strapped Canadians using homes as ATMs to pay off billsCash-strapped Canadians may be treating their homes like ATMS to pay off their bills, says a study by MNP Ltd. In a news release on Tuesday, the largest insolvency firm in Canada said three in 10 Canadian homeowners with a home equity line of credit (HELOC) say they have used the funds borrowed to pay…

Why Canadians won’t, or can’t, invest in their own country

C’mon Canadians, break out of the grim consensus, do your homework and invest your TSFA in the Canadian economy. The banks won't

Why Canadians won’t, or can’t, invest in their own countryThe great Canadian experiment Justin Trudeau represents is struggling. It seems our very Canadian desire for consensus and safety are undermining the prosperity upon which all our other virtues depend. The desire for consensus – worthy in its own right – seems to be undermining the ancient principle of private property. For centuries, the norm…

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparation

Kitchen stoves could soon be following the sewing machine as unnecessary household appliances

Growing number of households outsourcing meal preparationFor many of us, the kitchen has always been a sacred place in our homes, often referred to as the heart of the home. But kitchens seem to be losing their lustre. An increasing number of condos and apartments are being sold and rented without a stove. In pricey Yorkville, one of Toronto’s most expensive…

Taxes eat up more than 44% of Canadian family income: report

Taxes – not life’s basic necessities – remain the largest household expense for families across the country

Taxes eat up more than 44% of Canadian family income: reportTaxes are once again expected to be a federal election issue in October, if a national think tank gets its way. A report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think tank, says Canadian families on average spent more than 44 per cent of its income on taxes in 2018 – more…

Mortgage restrictions force millennials to abandon home ownership

The result has significantly dampened the Canadian economy. Banks, not legislated stress tests, know best who can pay for houses

Mortgage restrictions force millennials to abandon home ownershipAn uproar is brewing over real estate in Canada, fuelled by a misguided attempt to protect willing homebuyers from themselves. Owners see prices declining, while prospective first-time owners find themselves locked out by mandated stress tests. The federal regulator should ease stress-test requirements – if not eliminate them altogether – before they cause further harm…

Tackling the great generational wealth transfer

Tackling the great generational wealth transferMeghan Meger is regional president (Prairies) of BMO Private Wealth. Within the next decade, North America will experience the biggest transfer of wealth in its history. How many Canadian business owners will be impacted by this? Meger: It truly is unlike anything we’ve seen before. We anticipate approximately five million Canadian business owners to transition…

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing it

Will more money mean we sleep better at night, spend more time with friends and family, or contribute more to society?

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing itThere’s a story told that about a financial planner who was on holidays in Mexico. He was walking along the beach when he came to a fisherman sitting on a wharf, his feet hanging off the edge as he played guitar. “Is that your boat?” the planner asked the fisherman. “It is,” he replied. They…

Two-thirds of non-bank residential mortgages are uninsured

Two-thirds of non-bank residential mortgages are uninsuredStatistics Canada reported Friday that non-bank mortgage lenders held 1.7 million residential mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2018, two-thirds of which were uninsured. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, 1.7 million residential mortgages with a total value of $325.5 billion were outstanding, it said, adding that the uninsured mortgages outstanding contributed…
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