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4answers
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Where can I find an example of a really basic family budget?

It's about time that I took my family's finances seriously and built a budget. I'd rather not start from scratch, and am thinking, "surely, I can benefit from someone else's work?" - can someone ...
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2answers
328 views

What is a reverse mortgage?

What is a reverse mortgage? I hear these advertise often but don't understand how they are different from a regular mortgage! Can somebody explain please what they are and when they would be useful? ...
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8answers
3k views

Online money management applications: Do you trust Mint.com or Quicken Online, or other personal finance tools online?

For online applications such as Mint and Quicken (online), to automatically update your accounts, they'll always ask you to enter your login info to your banking and/or investment accounts. Do you ...
9
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4answers
300 views

What is the theory behind diversification? Why does it work?

We are told always that diversification in a portfolio is good. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." But is there mathematical theory behind diversification to back up the advice?
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4answers
524 views

Free “Rich Dad” education, with “free gift”: Is it legitimate, or is it a sales ploy?

What's up with the Rich Dad "Learn To Be Rich" free education? I heard an ad on the radio today and was skeptical... Would it really be worthwhile information, or is it a sales pitch in disguise as ...
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13answers
27k views

As a general rule, how much in “liquid” emergency savings should I have?

I'm buying my very first home next week, and should be receiving the $8,000 first-time home buyers tax credit. A majority of my savings are going to the down-payment of the house, but we still have a ...
3
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1answer
104 views

Does being involved in the management of a corporation make me ineligible for a workshare program?

If my employer offers a workshare program during this recession and I own a small side business (even if it makes little or no income), am I ineligible for the workshare program?
14
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1answer
1k views

What's the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker?

What are the differences between a discount broker and a regular broker? "Discount" implies a price difference... but why can they be cheaper than regular brokers??
2
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1answer
627 views

How is the Advance Earned Income Tax Credit (Advance EITC) supposed to work? Help!

As a working mom of four and a full time college student I am broke. I looked into Advanced EIC and filled out the form to get an Advance EIC added to my paycheck. I picked up my check today and had ...
6
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3answers
156 views

What bank deposits are insured in the U.S.?

What kind of bank deposits in the U.S. are insured against banks going under? What do I need to look out for to make sure my money is safe?
2
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1answer
882 views

Is it possible to lease a car in Canada as a non-resident?

I'm a non resident of Canada, living in Vancouver, BC, Canada - what are the rules, regs and issues in leasing a car - is it even possible?
4
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1answer
9k views

If you run a sole proprietorship, how do you declare the income of the business on your taxes?

Let's say I have a small sole proprietorship with only a bit of income and expenses. I can do up a balance sheet and an income statement at year end. Is that all I need to submit with my taxes, and ...
5
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3answers
37k views

When does Ontario's HST come into effect?

When does the HST become effective? Will all businesses start charging HST right away, and will it replace the 5% GST with a straight 13% tax for all services?
11
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3answers
404 views

Pension or Property: Should I invest in more properties, or in a pension?

I do not have a pension but have a rental property (which breaks even). Question is, do I invest in more properties or take out a pension ? I am worried if I go down the pension route I would lose ...
4
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1answer
344 views

Are premium bonds a good investment?

As a UK higher rate tax payer, I was tempted to invest in premium bonds because prizes are tax free. However they recently dropped their effective rate, and apart from the slim chance of winning a big ...
7
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6answers
4k views

Do I really need to file an income tax return?

My company holds back tax from each of my pay checks. I have no other sources of income. I don't expect I owe anything more on my pay. Do I really need to file an income tax return? I live in ...
8
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5answers
439 views

Should I take Social Security earlier than full retirement age, or wait for more?

Should I take Social Security earlier than the full retirement age shown on my statement? I'm concerned they'll change the rules and I'll lose out if I wait. :-/ What is the likelihood the rules ...
16
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7answers
2k views

Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it?

Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it? What's the best way to approach buying at these stores - buying everything there instead of the grocery store, or buying specific things? ...
8
votes
3answers
685 views

TFSA vs. RRSP… Best retirement approach

What's the best retirement strategy? Assuming I have $1000 and room in both my TFSA and RRSP contribution, where should the $1000 go?
7
votes
3answers
296 views

Which account should I put my money to get the most tax benefit?

I have $5,000 that I would like to put in to an investment account. To get the maximum tax benefit, should I put it in my RRSP, my child's RESP, or my TFSA account? I have enough room in each of ...
19
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5answers
1k views

I've often heard of the “snowball” method for paying off credit card debt. How does it work?

How does the "snowball" method of paying off credit card debt work? In what ways is it superior over other ways of reducing one's debt?
21
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17answers
4k views

I spend too much money. How can I get on the path to a frugal lifestyle?

How do I live a frugal lifestyle? I'd like to live on less but it doesn't seem easy. How can I get started? I want to get out of debt and not have to work until I'm dead.
6
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2answers
814 views

What is the current US-Canadian agreement on withholding taxes for US Investment income?

Withholding tax credits have changed over the past few years. What is the agreement between Canada and USA related to how much can be claimed and how much must be applied for as a reimbursement?
8
votes
2answers
264 views

How to claim loss of income?

If you initially had invested say $1000 in a corporation and the corporation folded, can that $1000 be declared as a personal capital loss?
6
votes
3answers
533 views

What are the 401K and IRA limits for next year (2015)?

Are 401K and IRA contribution limits increasing next year? If so, what are the new limits? Thank you!!
11
votes
5answers
6k views

I'm currently unemployed and have been offered a contract position. Do I need to incorporate myself? How do I do it?

I'm sure there are tax implications, and other things to consider. I don't know where to start.
6
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1answer
2k views

What are the best options for an RESP for my 2 year old kid?

Just starting to look into RESPs for my kid. There are RESP funds, or I could just throw money in a GIC... wondering where else I should look... and what I can do.
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17answers
37k views

What can I replace Microsoft Money with, now that MS has abandoned it? [closed]

I use Microsoft Money 2003 to manage household finances. Yes, it's old, but it gets the job done. I didn't upgrade to later versions since there was no compelling reason to do so. However, Microsoft ...
14
votes
5answers
355 views

What kind of life insurance is cheaper? I'm not sure about term vs. whole vs. universal, etc

What kind of life insurance policies are the cheapest? what are the features of different kinds of policies out there? What should I be looking for?
28
votes
8answers
4k views

I'm thinking of getting a new car … why shouldn't I LEASE one?

Why is leasing a car a bad idea?
10
votes
3answers
569 views

What kind of investments should I have in my RRSP?

I plan to retire in 15-20 years... what kind of investments should I consider holding in my RRSP? I don't like very risky investments, but I also don't want to be too conservative.
19
votes
1answer
676 views

What are the differences between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA?

I hear that a traditional IRA offers a tax deduction whereas a Roth IRA doesn't, but there's got to be more to it than that: What makes a Roth IRA any good, if it doesn't provide a tax deduction? ...
12
votes
2answers
353 views

What's an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)?

I've been hearing a lot about exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. What exactly are they, and how would I use them?
11
votes
3answers
1k views

What's are the differences between “defined contribution” and “defined benefit” pension plans?

I've often heard of these two types of pension plans offered by companies: Defined contribution (DC) Defined benefit (DB) What are they and how do they differ? Is one better than the other?
9
votes
2answers
473 views

What's better: An unsecured line of credit, or a secured line of credit like a HELOC?

I've heard that I can get a lower interest rate with a secured line of credit. If I qualify for a secured line of credit, why would I still want to use an unsecured line of credit?

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