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How to divide investment power between fixed asset and more liquid assets?

My wife and I bought our first home this year. We got a good price and live modestly so our fixed expenses are only about half of our take home income. Due to Canadian mortgage rules we opted to put ...
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Is a chargeback appropriate when a company cancels and then later un-cancels a service?

So here's the situation: I reserved two spaces on a bus tour Three days before the tour departs I am emailed to notify me the trip has been cancelled. I am given the option to either rebook a day ...
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Passing on non refundable tax credits

I'm planning on doing some volunteer work and during this work, I'm going to amass a decent amount of non-refundable tax credits via charitable donations. I can't claim those this year, though, ...
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How do donation tax receipts work when I have no taxable income?

I currently refurbish computers as a side volunteering thing, and all refurbished computers go to charity. I will receive tax receipts for these donations. The thing is though, I am still <18 and ...
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Better to have a non-registered (taxable) investment account in one/both names and/or based on income?

This question is for those familiar with Canada's income tax laws. My wife and I have maxed out our TFSAs. We also max contribute to our kid's RESPs. We also contribute a healthy amount to our RRSPs ...
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How can I take advantage of credit card cash back programs?

I have a credit card that offers cash back (1%) on every purchase. Now there are some stores in Canada that have their own cash back (a.k.a...if you buy something for 5$ and charge 100$ to the card, ...
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Should a married couple co-sign a mortgage or not?

If one partner can qualify for the mortgage that the couple needs based on his/her income and credit history alone, is there value in co-signing the mortgage apart from the 'in it together' mentality? ...
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Can Ontario university students apply for the “30% off Tuition” or any other significant grant offered by OSAP if they attend school outside Ontario?

My daughter is on her way to Dalhousie this fall. I'm almost certain I read (a few months back) that she was eligible for the Ontario 30% but now it appears as if she is not (maybe I originally ...
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Is income earned in the Carribbean considered taxable for a Canadian resident?

If in winter time, I go to Caribbean and make some money as a sailboat instructor, is that money tax free? I am Canadian resident. I am asking this because I hear that a lot of these Caribbean ...
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Do financial advisers in Canada who work at the bank, make investing decisions not in your best interest?

I've been using the same financial adviser as my my family and am wondering if Canadian financial advisers who work at the bank specifically Scotiabank would purchase mutual funds that specifically ...
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Can a Canadian student with US resident alien status receive the tax treaty benefit after 5 years? If so, how much?

I am a Canadian citizen who has studied in the U.S. with a J-1 visa since 5 years ago, which means that I have now become a resident alien. I am still studying (for an advanced degree) in the U.S. ...
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Dual Citizen considering tax implications of working in second country of citizenship

I am a resident of Canada, and am also an Irish citizen. Recently, I've been considering moving to Ireland (for ~6 months, not forever). During this time, I would either try to get hired on by a local ...
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Does insurance cover injury playing rec sports

If I get hurt playing recreational soccer after work, will my employer insurance cover my medical/hospital expenses?
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How do you get your Canadian stock information?

I am getting into stocks and am looking for ways to keep myself updated with the best current information. The type of sources I am looking for are: Podcasts Newsletters RSS feeds Twitter Etc. ...
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How can I transfer my money between US/Canada bank accounts with as little loss as possible?

I am currently living in Canada and have funds in a savings account with a Canadian bank. Say I decide to move back to the US, how could I move those funds to a US bank account with as little loss as ...
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Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) calculation involving Capital Gains and Unused Capital Losses?

Do I understand correctly that for calculating income tax payable, the use of unused capital losses of previous years will reduce the current year capital gains and also affect the calculation of the ...
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Is money sent by my brother to buy a flat taxable?

I am a Canadian citizen living in Halifax. My brother wants to help me buy a flat and plans to transfer money as a gift ($150,000 USD) from the States to Canada. Is the transfer taxable?
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Investing for Dividend Income with Canadian TFSA

I have a TFSA that I tend to max out every year. I would like to invest this money into stocks that pay me out dividends on a regular basis. I asked a previous question about the tax implications in ...
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As a non-canadian resident can I get a mortgage loan in Canada?

I am willing to buy an apartment in Canada, where I'll be living for 5 years with a student visa (I am swiss). Can I get a mortgage loan in Canada although I am not Canadian neither permanent ...
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Nominating a non-citizen to be the recipient of assets

I am a Canadian citizen with several savings accounts and fixed deposits in Canadian banks. However, my family members are not citizens of Canada. If something were to happen to cause me to not be ...
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SEC forms filed under different company name

I'm trying to find 10-K, 10-Q, or 4 forms for a company called Creative Edge Nutrition (ticker symbol: FITX,) but what I found was forms filed under the name "LAUFER BRIDGE ENTERPRISES, INC." Why is ...
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Formula for variable rate Canadian mortgage

What is the formula for calculating payments on a variable rate mortgage in Canada? (This source says variable rate mortgages are compounded differently than fixed rate mortgages) Concrete example: ...
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Can you point me to the correct US tax forms if I have a Canadian TFSA mutual fund?

I am a Canadian citizen and American permanent resident who invested in a TFSA mutual fund with a Canadian bank. Im looking to be pointed in the right direction for filing American taxes on these ...
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Is it possible to use an RRSP mortgage to pay off a line of credit?

I'm told that the only requirement for obtaining an RRSP mortgage loan, is having the mortgage insured by a recognized mortgage insurer - and that the insurers can sometimes be negotiated with, with ...
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Determining CMHC insurance premium

Is the calculation based on purchase price with HST or without HST? For example, the property is being purchased from the builder and the stated purchase price includes HST. If the posted price is ...
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Superficial loss, converting mutual fund to ETF in Canada

My question is almost identical to this one, only I am interested in the Canadian version. If I own a mutual fund (for example, TDB900 from TD Bank) and wish to replace it with an equivalent ETF (for ...
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Where should a young student put their money?

I'm a young student with no student debt (my tuition is paid for, I've long since saved up enough.) I'm looking into my future and looking at investing in index funds or other sorts while I still live ...
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Trading security and tax

According to GAAP: If I buy 1000 shares of security A for 50$. Then later, I sell 1000 shares of security A for 150$. At the same moment I buy 1000 shares of security B for 150$. For tax purpose ...
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Should I max out my TFSA contribution before any other investments?

I'm still relatively young (I just turned 30), and no debt but mortgage. I'm kind of late to the retirement savings game and still have $15,000+ of contribution room for my TFSA as of this year. As a ...
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Calculation for balancing portfolio percentage vs. risk

Disclaimer: I'm a complete novice to investment, so please adjust the style of your answer accordingly. There are some good questions on this site about "what percentage of my portfolio should I keep ...
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Conversion of House Sale Proceeds in INR to USD or CDN$ for transfer to Canada

I am a Canadian Resident that just sold my house in India and I understand I can repatriate the proceeds in INR converting to US$ or CDN$ in my NRE account and then move it to my Canadian Bank. Which ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to help “Sanity check” insurance costs?

My house insurance is up for renewal. I'm busy and I don't want to spend a lot of time getting quotes, especially since this policy is tied to another one that is hard to get and that we could only ...
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Taxation on DRIPs in Canada

I am starting to invest in DRIPs, as I believe they would be the best investment for me at my current point in life. I am reading some other questions here, and people are stating that the income, ...
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What are the limitations of prepaid payment cards (compared to credit cards)?

I am currently unable to get a credit card¹, but I wish to be able to buy goods from web stores, to buy airline tickets, to rent cars, hotel rooms, etc. Through my bank I only have a Member Card, ...
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Interest on last month rent deposit

I am not sure if this applies to all of Canada, but in Ontario, when a tenant rents an apartment, the landlord is entitled to ask for a deposit up to the rent of one month. From the website of the ...
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Born in the U.S.A., but I have no SSN & I live in Canada. Must I file a U.S. income tax return each year?

I was told when I applied for my U.S. passport years ago that as long as I had never worked in the United States and did not have a SSN, then I did not have to file taxes. This is what the U.S. ...
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Canadian accepting money electronically from Americans

What are some methods I can receive money from someone in the States if Paypal is out of the question? I run a small electronic cigarette company, and I'm finding it hard to find an easy method to do ...
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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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Canada: Can an accountant know if you owe for previous years you did not file

Assume someone in Canada hasn't filed their taxes for about three years, then hires an accountant. If they don't have all of their documents for those years, can the accountant figure out if you owe ...
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Getting Branch Location using Account/Routing Number in US/Canada

Are there any ways to retrieve a branch's address or relative location using the Account or Routing number of an individual account in the United States or Canada? Are there any publicly exposed APIs ...
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When is it worth it to buy dividend-bearing stocks?

TLDR: Is it ever worth investing in stocks to make profit off of dividends? I did some research on dividends. It seems like it has a reputation for stable income, irrespective of the market ...
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What can I do with unused cheque book?

I will be switching all my accounts from Bank A to Bank B within the next few weeks. A few months ago, I purchased a cheque book for my Bank A checking account. It contains 50 cheques (all unused). ...
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Penalty for withdrawing from RRSP and putting it back into another RRSP

If I take money out of my RRSP and put it back in an RRSP with a different bank, is there a penalty? To avoid the penalty, I guess there needs to be a straight RRSP --> RRSP transfer?
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Relation between inflation rates and interest rates

In Canada, as of the time of writing this question, the: Key interest rate is 1.00% (source) The inflation rate is 1.50% (source) In India, at the time of writing, the: Base interest rate is ...
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Moved to the USA from Canada; what is best to do with RRSP?

I am a Canadian and I moved to US at the end of last year. (I have a green card now.) I have less than CAD 50K in my RRSP from my previous work, and less than CAD 40k at banks. Not sure what the best ...
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What is the added advantage of a broker being a member of NFA in addition to IIROC

If my broker is a member of the national futures association, what extra protection does it give me over the fact that it is also a member of IIROC? I am particularly referring to this: ...
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How close to prime rate for a loan?

I just received an ad from my bank offering me a home equity line of credit at prime + 0.5%, a variable-rate loan. Now, I don't need the loan. But I'm curious. Is prime + 0.5% the best I can do? My ...
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Should I remodel or buy a bigger house?

My husband and I have two children under 2 years old and have outgrown our current 1400 square foot home. My husband and I both work from home, and we have a day nanny who comes and helps with the ...
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What are some options for sending and receiving money electronically?

I occasionally sell items via Kijiji and Craigslist in Canada, and while cash is convenient sometimes it's easier to do electronic transfers, or even have the ability to accept credit card in person. ...
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Do I need an official receipt to claim a charitable tax credit?

I made a charitable donation in December of last year, and have yet to receive the official tax receipt for tax-return purposes. Contacting the charity, I was told that the receipts had already been ...