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If I was to buy something a day before my due date for my credit card bill, would I be charged interest?

First of all, I am a resident of Canada. I am sort of new to credit cards, so I hope my question makes sense. I've had my card for a few months ago and I've always payed the balance in full by the ...
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How to calculate after-tax return if investor can use capital loss, in Canada?

[Source:] As you can see in the table, the $105,000 government bond matures at $100,000, for a capital loss of $5,000. The investor would also collect interest totalling $9,660 over the three years ...
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New TD D-Series funds: are they worth considering (unknown expense ratios)?

I am currently a holder of TD's e-Series funds in my investment portfolio. However, the other day, I came across a new series of funds offered by TD: D-Series funds. From what I can tell, the funds ...
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Never-cashed cheques

A scenario: You pay someone with a cheque for something, receiving a receipt for it. They do not cash in the cheque. What is the ettiquette for this situation? Are you to go on living your life, ...
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US Citizen Buying Rental Property in Canada

I currently own a few rentals (town homes / condos) in the United States. I pay on average about 1% higher interest because it's not owner occupied. I have friends in Canada. I've been told there are ...
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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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Taking out money on current home for down payment of new home

My real estate broker is advising me to borrow money against my current house for the down payment on a second house . I need to borrow about 50k. My current house has a principal balance of 80k and ...
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How do I determine which ETFs yield more than, but are nearly as safe as, high-rate savings accounts?

Abbreviate High-interest Savings Accounts to HISAs. This question is restricted to ETFs that can be traded in only Canada. This question assumes the superiority of investing in ETFs, over HISAs. ...
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First time buyer in Ottawa and need some advice!

Hi im thinking of buying a home in Ottawa south for 350,000$ and im going to put 25,000$ as a down payment. I will be moving to another country in 3 years so i will have to sell my home. Do you think ...
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Foreign intern in USA - filling out W-8BEN form

I'm a Canadian student doing a paid internship in the United States for the summer on a J1 visa. I've set up a bank account here in the United States which has been used to successfully directly ...
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self directed RRSP for a non resident

I am a US resident and want to take money out of my superannuation municipal plan and have it converted to an RRSP. However, some banks don't allow you to obtain a self directed RRSP if you are not ...
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How to transfer funds online from a Canadian CIBC account to RBC instantly?

I thought Interac transfer is instant but my mom wants to send me money from her CIBC account but she said it takes 2-3 business days? What method can be used to transfer from a CIBC checking to a ...
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For long-term savings: Short-term Bond ETFs vs High-interest Savings Accounts

In the Summer 2015 edition of MoneySense magazine, the article Value Hunter (Cash cows for your portfolio) by Norm Rothery, recommends replacing High-interest Savings Accounts (HISAs) with Short-term ...
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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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Candian citizen working for USA company staying in Canada

I am a Canadian citizen. What legalities do I need to follow if I take up a full time remote job offer from a company in USA? Also, how does the answer change if the job offer is in USA (remote) but i ...
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How do dividends affect your average cost (both re-invested and non re-invested)

I have read that re-invested dividends lower your taxes by increasing your average cost of the security so that when you sell your security, the difference between the sales price minus the book value ...
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Is it true that as long as you are on a TN visa you have to file taxes in Canada as residents?

My husband has been working in the USA on a TN visa since August 2012. Me and my son moved to USA in August 2014. My husband has been filing taxes in the US as a non-resident and in Canada as a ...
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As a US citizen studying in Canada, do I pay income taxes in either country for Scholarships?

EDIT: It is really more of a "grant" than a "scholarship". Also, I qualify as a resident of Canada for this tax year. I'm a US citizen in graduate school in Canada. I have an annual scholarship of ...
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Do personal cheques expire? [Canada]

In Canada, cheques issued by the Government of Canada do not expire. do personal cheques ever expire? If so, what is the limit before they need to be re-issued?
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As a Canadian citizen living as a legal resident in the United States, with no income: do I need to file in Canada?

I am a Canadian citizen but I married an American and live as a legal resident in the US. My husband supports us and I did not bring in any taxable income in 2012. Do I need to file a Canadian ...
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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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What suggested supplemental income opportunities exist for a 70 year old Canadian retiree?

This is similar to the question "Extra revenue for retiree receiving a basic public pension", but focusing not on whether, but what. I am wondering what forms of supplemental income (jobs/gigs) would ...
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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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Do Canadian citizens have to file Canadian income tax returns even when living abroad?

American citizens are required to file taxes from abroad and to declare all world income. Is something like this also a requirement of Canadians when not residing in Canada? Does anyone have any ...
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Is it smarter to buy a small amount of an ETF every 2 or 3 months, instead of monthly?

Hereafter, all money is in Canadian Dollars. My relative in Canada buys and holds for the long run. She plans to invest around $2000 of only ETFs monthly. Market timing is hard; so she refuses it. ...
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Trade ETFs with Banks' Brokerages or separate Discount Brokerage? [closed]

Hereafter, all money is in Canadian Dollars. My relative in Canada banks with HSBC Canada, is an Advanced customer, and possesses an HSBC InvestDirect account. She buys and holds for the long run, ...
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Advice on money transfer from Canada to South Africa

I am trying to figure out what is the best way to transfer money from Canada to South Africa. By best way I mean the cheapest way and of course the safest way for me. I have found a few weeks ago ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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US resident, Canadian citizen/non-resident tax questions: interest, TFSA, and dividends

I'm a Canadian living and working in the US, so I file and pay income taxes in the US, and am a non-resident of Canada for tax purposes. I am aware of my filing obligations to the IRS, but I have some ...
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Tax implications of owning a Roth IRA as a Canadian resident?

I am a Canadian citizen, U.S. resident with Roth IRA, contributing for 15 years. I will be moving back to Canada in 2 years, am 47 years old, and will leave the Roth with Vanguard and not touch it ...
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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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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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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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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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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?