Buying a home during the pandemic

It’s been a wild ride for home buyers

Buying a home during the pandemicIf your home is your castle, and a castle is a fortified residence to keep you safe, then Covid-19 has taught us an important safety lesson: Owning your own home means you become the literal gatekeeper to your own health. But it isn’t only our physical health that has been impacted by the pandemic. Our…

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act must be updated to serve Canadians better

We need clear standards that ensure the accuracy of credit report information

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act must be updated to serve Canadians betterThousands of Canadians undergo bankruptcy or undertake a consumer proposal to help manage their debts every year. From 2012 to July 2021, more than one million Canadian debtors used the insolvency system. The void within Canada’s insolvency legislation is deeply lacking in terms of specific references, standards or accountability concerning the accuracy of recording and…

Why millennials prefer do-it-yourself investing

Online financial education is changing the game, threatening to impact financial advisers

Why millennials prefer do-it-yourself investingOne-third of Canadian millennials prefer going solo when it comes to managing and investing their money. Online financial education and tools are changing the rules of the game, threatening to affect financial advisers in the same manner emails impacted mail carriers. A recent poll conducted by Finder.com revealed that 33.7 per cent of millennials prefer…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

You’re on the hook for $57,000 in government debt

We have to start demanding that politicians start making some tough choices

You’re on the hook for $57,000 in government debtFifty-seven thousand dollars. That’s the average amount each Canadian will owe in provincial and federal government debt by the end of the year. It’s not just the rich or big corporations that will be mopping up this budget mess if politicians don’t take some air out of their bloated budgets. Politicians are already starting to…

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrencies

Rising prices may be increasing their allure but there are considerable risks

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrenciesThe value of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others recently hit new record highs, in the thousands of dollars per unit. This escalation has attracted more speculators, further boosting prices over the past several months. Much of this is the result of investors fearing they will miss out on a chance to profit. While…

Equipping young people to better manage their financial futures

Most Canadians live beyond their means

Equipping young people to better manage their financial futuresMost Canadians are living beyond their means, with a debt-to-income ratio of 181 per cent. More than half are within $200 of not being able to cover their bills and loan payments. These kinds of statistics make Faculty of Education professor Damien Cormier uneasy and prompted him to launch a research project to boost financial literacy in young…

Why wealth taxes hamper economies and punish us all

What you tax more of, you get less of

Why wealth taxes hamper economies and punish us allCalls by self-identified progressives and others who purport to champion equity, compelling everyone to pay their fair share, have grown louder and more strident. It seems these social justice warriors have discovered previously unknown inner fiscal conservatism, with their usual zeal for redistribution and punishment for those who they deem have excessive wealth. It’s wealth…

The telltale signs of a tax scam

How criminals are conning people out of millions posing as the CRA

The telltale signs of a tax scam“They were so convincing that in minutes I had gone to the corner store, bought $500 worth of prepaid credit cards and read the numbers to a voice at the other end of the phone.” A client shared this story with me nearly in tears, which were a combination of anger and embarrassment. Over the…

The hidden costs of feel-good stocks

The hidden costs of feel-good stocksThe stakeholder-shareholder debate in finance has narrowed down to a false dichotomy between good capitalism and bad capitalism. Good capitalism means funding green energy to fight global warming, while bad capitalism means investing in fossil fuels, tobacco, or other “sin stocks.” However, the economic downturn should be a wake-up call to investors regarding the hidden…
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