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Should I save for my children's university education in Canada, or am I better off paying off loans and gaining debt room?

Looking at the financial aid system in Canada, it seems that significantly more aid is available for those who do not have savings or lack the ability to directly pay for their education. As a member ...
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Investing While the Candian Dollar is really low

I am just Starting to get into investing now that I am the age where I have a Steady job, pension plan and government bonds and a good savings. But with the Canadian Dollar being close to 0.70$ USD it ...
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Tangerine's Android app asked me something about noting my location. What did it ask, and what did I agree to?

I live in Canada. I use Tangerine (formerly ING Direct). Tangerine is the "direct banking" division of Scotiabank. The upside of using Tangerine is that it charges no monthly fees. The downside is ...
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Is there something on a check (cheque) that determines what currency it is?

We're a US company. We got a check from a Canadian company and usually the check will say "USD" on it. Otherwise when we deposit it, the check will clear as CAD. This check has no indicators on ...
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Working remotely from Canada for a US company. How to get paid?

I am a Canadian who just landed a (short-term contract) job working remotely for a US company. Since this happened through a (US) recruiter, my employer would pay the recruiting firm, who would pay ...
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What will happen if you filed your taxes with two different locations? How can it be solved?

I was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba and I had done my taxes online with H&R Canada Online. H&R Canada provided me with some papers to print out and then it was settled, I moved to Sudbury, ...
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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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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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Where do I have to pay taxes?

I'm a Canadian citizen doing a rotational program with an international company based in UK. I'm paid by the American holdings office, and I was living and working in California between September '14 ...
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What special considerations need to be made for a US citizen who wishes to purchase a house in Canada?

According to an answer on a previous question, buying a house in Canada if you are a US citizen is pretty straightforward. But it doesn't address tax concerns in both countries - how are they ...
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I forgot to file my T4 tax form. Will this affect my mortgage?

I'm in Quebec, Canada. Tomorrow I am submitting an application for mortgage through a mortgage agent. Because I started working at a new job in December 2014, I was asked for my T4 forms and notices ...
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Higher auto insurance costs: keep car or switch to public transit?

In the next couple months, my personal situation will change leaving me with an important decision to make vis-a-vis my vehicle and modes of transportation. My current situation: living in the ...
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What happens when your Canadian ETF shuts down?

I just got a notice that an ETF I own will termiate in 2 months if the shareholders don't vote for an extension. I understand that if I kept the shares until the termination date, I would get a ...
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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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U.S. stock sales- tax on sale for NR Canadian

I am a Non-resident Canadian living in Thailand on a Retirement Visa and my non-residency status dates back to 2013. I have no income except for CPP,. OAS, and a company pension all of which total ...
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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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What happens when a promissory note wasn't specific enough about interest?

My mom loaned a 'friend' some money a few years ago, which was supposed to be paid monthly. Since then the friend has been paying sporadically and they are now in a disagreement over what the ...
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How long should one wait before reapplying for credit card after account closure

I have recently come out of some financial trouble. I had about 4 collection agencies I owed money to and 2 credit card accounts that had been frozen and closed. I have now paid off both credit cards ...
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Salary vs Dividend: is this example wrong?

I saw a link to a great article in old (2012) question. http://vereecke.ca/index.php/articles/will-that-be-salary-or-dividends/ I've tried understanding the article well, but I think that the author ...
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Switching Accountants - who does the audit review for past years?

If I switch my accountants, and the later CRA audits my returns (that were done with the previous accountant), who will be responsible for helping me with the audit: the new accountant or the previous ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?