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Implications of a Canadian company IPO having a dual TSX/NYSE stock listing?

As an exampe, Shopify will go public this upcoming May 26th, selling shares both on the TSX and the NYSE. What are some of the main implications of this dual IPO, other than the fact that the ...
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How to exchange foreign non-US currencies cleverly, in Canada?

I ask this for my friend in Canada who wants to exchange some Asian currency into CAD. We all wish to avoid banks' exorbitant conversion fees. Norbert's Gambit appears to apply only for converting ...
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What is the optimum way to draw money from your retirement nest egg

Let us say I have put away a nest egg like this (all numbers in CAD): Cash/GIC : 100,000$ Stocks/ETF: 100,000$ Bonds:100,000$ REIT: 50,000 Own rental property : 200,000 Let us say, I wish to retire ...
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Pros/cons of borrowing money using a mortgage loan and investing it in a low-fee index fund?

I'm wondering if this investment strategy would work: I get a mortgage loan for $300K at a 3% rate (realistic for current 5-year fixed mortgage rates here in Canada). I invest the proceeds in a ...
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Unable to pay even the minimum payment on credit card

I was in USA for last 10 years, and I am not able to repay the credit-card payment, not even the minimum payment due. I was paying the minimum payment due before, but as I do not have a job anymore I ...
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Where to see SEC filings for companies that only trade on TSX

For a Canadian company that only trades in TSX and none of the US exchanges, is there a Canadian equivalent of SEC filings? Which website will have that info?
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Should I put a small amount of savings in a high interest savings account?

The highest in Canada that I've found is 2.8% interest, compounded annually where the interest is calculated daily. I have $2000, and the initial amount and the interest earned is guaranteed by a ...
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Do health insurance premiums go up as you age?

If I buy private health insurance at the age of 40, and start off with a monthly contribution of 200$ (for example), then does the amount of premium change when I reach 50? Since at 50, my medical ...
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What is the best way to pay my American rent from Canada?

I need to pay rent to my landlord on or before the day I arrive in America. Right now I live in Canada, and I have the money to pay (in USD), I just do not know what the most efficient payment method ...
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At what point do recurring small business losses become a problem with Canada Revenue Agency?

How many times can a small business owner claim an overall yearly loss, when filing income taxes, before the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) will consider it a problem? A friend who runs her own small ...
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Inheriting funds from a U.S. trust where you are not the trustee

I am a U.S. citizen trustee and executor of my mom's trust. My brother is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada and not a trustee. I will be dividing the trust funds or investments between the two ...
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Can a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) and share purchase plan (SPP) be used with a TFSA?

Can I put Sun Life (SLF) shares into a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) and share purchase plan (SPP) plan, and then put into a TFSA investment account for a family member, 5 to 10 year term?
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How much should I charge a U.S. company for IT work I'll do remotely from Canada?

I'm currently living in Canada. I have very nice job and I'm happy with it. My previous company in the U.S. contacted me and they want to hire me as a 1099 (independent contractor) working remotely. ...
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T4A Slip received by student. What is it?

I am an 18 year old first year university student, and moving out of residence at the end of the semester recently I was informed that there was a letter that was not picked up. It turned out to be ...
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How to report Canadian T4 slip items (e.g. CPP, EI) on a U.S. tax return?

I am a U.S. citizen resident in Canada. Does anyone know how to report the various items on a Canadian T4 (a rough equivalent of a W-2) on a U.S. tax return? I am not sure about the following items: ...
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How can a Canadian establish US credit score

I don't have a SSN or US address. I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?
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What duration bonds are held by the ETF XBB

I am looking at the bond etf XBB. This ETF mostly holds Canada govt bonds. What I don't understand is what is the duration of these bonds held by the fund?
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Can I use losses from sale of stock to offset capital gains from sale of property

If I make a capital gain from the sale of a house but make capital losses from the sale of stocks in my brokerage account (not tax sheltered), then can I use the losses against the gains to reduce my ...
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How will a rise in interest rate affect the CAD

When Bank of Canada raises interest rates ( not sure when or if that will happen), can I expect the CAD to regain its former glory against the USD? Is it fair to say that buying the CAD: USD pair ...
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How can a Canadian get exposure to safe haven currencies?

How can a Canadian get exposure to a safe haven currency like CHF and JPY? I don't want a U.S. dollar denominated ETF. I want something in Canadian dollars, to save on conversion fees. Is this ...
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How do management fees affect the money invested in a mutual fund

On mutual fund brochures, they state a management fee and also a MER. How to interpret these two numbers? For example, if management fee is 1% and MER is 2%, then for an investment of 100$, does it ...
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Time to receive foreign dividends (SET) to N. America

Is there an expected time to receive foreign dividends? It seems to take weeks or longer to receive dividends from stocks on the SET exchange. Granted they have to do a currency conversion and take ...
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Why does the Fidelity Canadian Bond Fund have such a high beta? How is it measured?

I am looking at some Canadian bond funds (recommendations welcome) for my RRSP. Relatively safe, and with a dividend yield ~ 3% is good enough. While looking at Fidelity bond funds, I came across this ...
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What is the difference between issuing company and holding company in a convertible bond

I am researching convertible bonds in Canada. While looking at the index etf that tracks convertible bonds, CVD What I don't understand is how come the list of Top 10 issuers is different from teh ...
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Buying Euros in a Canadian Trading Account

The Euro is trending low, and I have long term plans which might involve living there. I have a German girokonto (which costs me an outrageous Eur5/mo to hold), but no European trading account. ...
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How is someone tax exempt at Walmart in Canada?

When going to some stores, such as Walmart, there is a sign at every till: If you are tax exempt, please let us know before the first item is scanned. What qualifies as being tax exempt? Can anyone ...
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Does the CRA charge any penalty if you file a wrong tax return?

If you misreport a number on your tax return, will the CRA just charge you the extra money that you owe them? Or will they actually 'punish' you by charging hefty fines and penalty , and slap charges ...
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Spousal RRSP account

I am a first time home buyer and am thinking of making use of the HBP (Home Buyer's Plan). Both me and my wife are currently employed and have RRSP accounts in financial institutions through our ...
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Can the Home buyer's Plan (HBP) RRSP repayment start from the same year in which the loan is taken?

I am a first time home buyer and am thinking of making use of the HBP (Home Buyer's Plan). I have $35,000 in RRSP contribution limit. I am planning to deposit $25,000 into my RRSP account and $10,000 ...
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Is my contribution to my company pension plan (not RRSP) considered tax deductible?

My employer (a big bank in Canada) has a pension plan where I am allowed to make optional contributions. There is no matching contribution from the employer, but they do already contribute a tiny ...
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What is an “RRSP deduction limit” for?

I'm not asking what my limit is—I can see what is the dollar amount of my deduction limit. Rather, I don't quite grasp what is an RRSP deduction limit for? Why is there a limit? A limit to ...
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Where to park money from the sale of a rental property?

If I sell my investment property to raise cash for the purchase of a new home, I am required to pay capital gains tax (i.e. income tax on 50% of the gain amount.) Is there a way to park this money ...
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Do employer matching contributions in an RRSP count towards the contribution room?

My employer gives a matching contribution for my RRSP. So let us say if I contribute $5000, the employer contributes $2000 (free money.) Does this $2000 contributed by my employer also eat up my ...
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How does TFSA contribution room carryover work, e.g. unused amounts and withdrawals?

Is the TFSA contribution limit per year $5000/person? How are unused contributions carried over? If last year I contributed only $3000, then this year, would I have $7000 contribution room ...
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Is it a safe strategy to protect a high dividend stock with a collar?

I want to find a few high dividend paying stocks (~10% yield) for my tax sheltered portfolios. I also want the stock to be reasonably safe. I am looking at this list. Problem is, I don't know how to ...
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How do I charge GST & QST for my freelancing?

I'm based in Quebec and intend to offer freelance marketing consulting services. I intend to find clients from online freelancing websites such as Odesk. This means my clients could be from outside of ...
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Reporting a tax refund from a previous year as income

I'm wondering if I have to report income from my 2013 Canadian tax return on my 2014 Canadian tax return? I'll be filing as a non-resident if that's important.
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Claim rental expenses as a tax credit

If I am renting the apartment I live in, can I claim part of the rent I pay as a tax credit? I am looking at this can-you-claim-rent-in-ontario But it does not mention if you need to be below a ...
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How much tax credit I get for monthly metropass in toronto

I pay for my own public transit monthly pass in Toronto. I am not sure how much of the amount I pay is tax deductible? ...
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How to recover value from a term life insurance policy?

This happened in Canada. A person has a life insurance policy that matures in 2024 (in 9 years) and he has been paying monthly premium since 1996 (for 19 years). He lost his job and is not able to ...
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Including 401(k) contributions on Canadian tax return

I am a Canadian resident who made US income, and contributed to a 401k. I know I must include my 401k contributions on my foreign income, but what about my employer's contributions? Also, what are ...
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Do I pay withholding tax on a US company trading on TSE

I am talking about Cenovus energy:TSE:CVE It trades on both NYSE and TSE. If I buy it on TSE and pay in CAD, in my TFSA, do I still pay the 15% withholding tax, that cannot even be recovered using ...
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What Percentage of my Income do I Have to Pay in Employment Insurance (EI) Deductions?

I am from Calgary, Alberta, and I am wondering how much % of my hourly wage will be paid to my EI (employment insurance). Is the percent rate different for every worker, if not, what is the fixed ...
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Is Buying American Shares in Canada a Good Idea?

I am looking at buying some American based shares such as SPY (the S&P 500 Index ETF), but I am in Canada. I am wondering if buying something like this will have any consequences (e.g. I have to ...
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Never filed my taxes for many years in British Columbia. What can I do?

I suffer from depression and unfortunately never filed my income tax in British Columbia, Canada. I always paid my taxes through my employer. How can I file now and what would the penalty be?
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Deducting home costs if I work from home on the side?

I have a question on how to claim deductions if I use my home as a home office. See http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns206-236/229/cmmssn/hm-eng.html Let us say ...
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Received Stock options as UK Employee, however exercised the stock as a Canadian Employee. What is my tax liability?

I work for a global company. As a UK resident, my company awarded me stock options & Restricted stock. The stocks is traded on the NYSE. I exercised the stock in Canada. I transferred to the ...
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When filing taxes in Canada, in what cases does box 39 on the T4 get reported as half of box 38?

When filing taxes in Canada, when does box 39 get reported as half of box 38? In my case, I got ESPP amount reported in box 38, with box 39 missing in my T4 altogether. According to my accountant, the ...
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Canada: can an international student file tax return for past four years

I'm an international student about to graduate. I never had a work permit, no income, no SIN so never filed tax return before. Stupid enough, I just realized I can use my tuition credit, so can anyone ...
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How much CMHC fee do I need to pay if I cannot put 20% down on a new home

I am trying to calculate how much CMHC fee I will need to pay if I can only put in 10% downpayment on a new home as opposed to 20%. So as per this calculator: It shows:8640. My question is: is the ...