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Excel Canadian Mortgage Formula Help

I need to get the ending balance formula for a project in excel calculating mortgage payout. I am hoping to develop a formula instead of formulating an amortization table. I have used the following ...
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Are retirement contributions for temporary workers in Canada mobile?

I am an American citizen about to start a temporary three-year position in Canada. It's possible but unlikely that I will settle in Canada permanently. Will I be required to contribute to a ...
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Can I make a final RRSP contribution after moving to the U.S.?

I moved from Canada to the U.S. (California) in August 2013. I am wondering whether I can make one final contribution to my RRSP account for the 2013 tax year (transferring between Canadian accounts) ...
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PayPal personal account: does it accept credit cards or not?

On this website it says it does not: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/pop/choosing_account_type_signup-outside On this site it says it does: ...
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How does a TFSA work? Where does the interest come from?

I have extremely little knowledge about finance in general, but I have had a TFSA for several years now and know that my money keeps magically growing. Exactly where does the interest I gain come ...
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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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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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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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Any Canadian tax shelter for lending to friends or family?

I am considering helping friends or family out of credit card debt, which is costing them ~18% per year by giving them a loan at more like ~3% (kind of like consolidated credit/debt). Is there ...
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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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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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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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Supporting a Kickstarter project: Should a customer's pledge payment include sales tax, e.g. GST/HST in Canada?

Kickstarter became open to Canadian projects some months ago. I discovered a Canadian software project and backed it with a $40 pledge. The project subsequently exceeded its funding target, almost ...
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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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Is it necessary for an employer to claim employee rental housing as a paid benefit?

A friend of mine pays to rent housing from her employer. This housing is owned and managed by the employer and rented only to employees. They agreed upon a rent of $X per month when she moved in and ...
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First time consultant, doubts on Taxation

I have seen various replies but I would just like to confirm about my case as its my first time. I have been offered a consultant position and the company said there is no tax deducted at source. So ...
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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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Is there a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for Canada

In the Open Yale Financial Markets Course, Prof Schiller says at 57:40 that Canada Housing Mortgage Corporation is same as Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Are there any differences? Can I buy CHMC shares ...
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Loan from Canada to UK

I live in Canada. My brother in the U.K. is thinking of purchasing a house with his wife. They are both teachers and careful with their money but don't yet have money for a down-payment. I am ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Questrade - What happens if I buy U.S. stock with Canadian money?

Recently, I heard that when you buy U.S. stocks with Canadian money in a Questrade account, they actually make a loan of the U.S. dollar amount you bought even if you have enough money to do the ...
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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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Better ways to invest money held by my small, privately-held Canadian corporation?

I own a small, privately-held corporation and am looking for ways to invest my corporation's money more effectively. The problem is the government taxes passive investment income inside a corporation ...
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Is there a term for people who manage the money of dual citizens?

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. I'm afraid to invest in anything because the tax treaties and laws between the two countries make everything too complicated for me to follow. Even ...
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How do I claim investment income that was earned in a jointly held account?

My spouse and I now have a jointly held investment account. I have received a T5 "Statement of Investment Income" for the account for the tax year, addressed to Mr James Foobar or Mrs Jenny Foobar. ...
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How to buy stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange?

I have an Ameritrade account and thought I was purchasing a stock that trades on the TSE. However, I was only able to buy a pink sheets stock. I'm not sure of the difference. Would it be possible ...
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I just made $50K from selling my house. How should I invest the proceeds?

I just made $50K from selling my house. I need some advice because I'm terribly bad at managing money and I'd like to invest a bit. My bank is harassing me – they want to sell me their product ...
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Getting financial advice: Accountant vs. Investment Adviser vs. Internet/self-taught?

Previously, I was a simple case: I earned a salary, and I paid taxes. Therefore, I've been filing my own tax returns using online software. Now: + wife, + kid, + mortgage, + want to contribute to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TD1: claiming carried forward tuition, education, and textbook amounts from previous years

When filling out a TD1 form, there's a section entitled Tuition, education, and textbook amounts (full time and part time), where it states: If you are a student enrolled at a university or ...
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Loan in US against assets in Canada?

I have some savings and investments in Canada that I would like to bring into the US. However, I don't want to just transfer the money over, because in that case I would owe departure tax of at least ...
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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 ...