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MER of an ETF that holds another ETF?

I have an ETF: VFV (VANGUARD S&P 500 INDEX ETF) that has a fee of 0.08%. This ETF is traded in Canada and holds the U.S.-domiciled Vanguard S&P 500 ETF: VOO. This fund has a fee of 0.03%. ...
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How can I scrap the ATM transaction fee of a major bank in Canada, customer for 20 years, from now on?

I am with a major bank in Canada that charges a particular fee for visa credit card and ATM debit card money withdrawal and probably for deposit also. I pay interest for the credit card. I have been ...
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Error wire transfer into intermediary bank [duplicate]

I want to know how many days does it take for a cancelled wire transfer to be reversed into my account.
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Does money spent from lawsuits get reported in tax?

I had the unfortunate experience of taking my landlord to court. We eventually reached a settlement where I got some money. I strongly believe I should have gotten more and have evidence to support ...
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Loan to family member in Canada

I am residing in USA. I am considering loaning USD 50K to my brother in Canada to help him buy a home. Whats the best way to go about this? I read that if its within US its best to do this a loan ...
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Should CRA be paid as soon as tax return is submitted or should I wait for their response?

I just filled my tax return with the CRA. I know that I will owe some money as I worked as a contractor without tax taken off. Should I wait for the CRA to assess my return and tell me if I made any ...
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When estimating what portion of home is used for work, how could government verify you're telling the truth?

I work as an independent contractor and sometimes do a little work from home. I can write of part of my home rent for working from home. I am trying my best to estimate accurately for what percent of ...
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How do I sell or transfer forgotten about shares

I realized today in a moment of lucidity that I have outstanding shares from an employee share ownership plan from my previous company, Loblaws Canada. The shares are on a site called "Computershare",...
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How do vehicle loan transfers work?

I'm going to buy a car from a private seller. The seller bought this car from Dealer X couple years ago. Now, the seller wants to buy a new car from Dealer N. The seller didn't like Dealer N's trade ...
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Can you legally increase your TFSA contribution room over the government's provided maximum ($63 500 in 2019)?

I saw this idea in Reddit comments by u/differing: I often wish I invested early in the weed stock bubble in my TFSA, not so much for the returns but more to supercharge my TFSA room and transition ...
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Buying certified Canadian checks or money orders online from the US?

I live in the US and I need to send an application to a consulate in Canada. The consulate only accepts certified checks or money orders issued by Canadian institutions in Canadian dollars and cannot ...
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Principal residence exemption after the first house?

I'm trying to think through a situation for my brother where he co-owns two homes, one of which is with me which he wants to gift to me. I'm not sure how principal residence exemption works on his ...
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Are friends and family discounts or employee discounts taxable?

I recently read this article which says in Canada: "barter transactions are only taxable when the goods or services you're giving up are of the kind generally provided by you in the course of ...
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Benefits for women in Ontario

Im unemployed i apply for a jobs but not luckly call for an interview yet. I will be separating soon with my husband . I lived in Eastern Ontario near Renfrew. Not much jobs around here i wanted to-...
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Efficient Canada investment account after maxing out TFSA that is not RRSP?

What kind of investment accounts in Canada are tax-efficient and allow holding U.S. stocks (Amazon, Google, etc.)? I have maxed out my TFSA, and would prefer not to lock money in retirement-inclined ...
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Does a cash back mortgage at a higher rate with the cash immediately applied to the principal make financial sense?

A mortgage advisor was trying to sell me on cash back mortgage. For most clients he said they use it to pay down debt at a higher interest rate or to buy the essentials for a first home. This is not ...
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Spouse Cosigning

My wife and I currently own a home and finance two cars. We each have one car completely in our name and are co-borrowers on the house. I am about to trade in my car, and the interest rate will be ...
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Choose students or working adults with low credit as tenants?

Currently I am trying to pick the tenants for my condo in downtown Toronto ($2400 a month). There are two options: Two international students from university of Toronto, but they are only willing to ...
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Why don't all banks at least OFFER to combine their chequing and savings accounts? [closed]

Manulife Bank combines chequing and savings — see beneath. But Meridian Credit Union, Simplii don't. I have bank accounts at just these financial institutions. LMK if there are others like Manulife. ...
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Buying a house with credit line and getting a mortgage later

We are considering buying a house for about $150-160 thousand. We recently moved, and my wife has been on maternity leave benefits for a year now. So, proof of income is basically non-existent. We ...
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What's the lowest risk highest reward I can invest in for 5 years?

Good day; Canadian here, 23. I'm looking to place money (at a rate of 100$-200$ per month) into savings, for 5 years (locked or not). I don't have a "specific" plan in 5 years. I just need to have ...
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The balance between Renting and Buying

My girlfriend and I are spit-balling the idea of buying a house. We've heard pros and cons for mortgages; you're putting your money into an investment vs you're paying far more than you anticipate due ...
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Is there a way to transfer a cultural donation tax receipt? (Canada)

Canada specific question. My father is planning on making a cultural donation to a museum. He will receive a 100K tax receipt for the donation. My marginal tax rate is significantly higher than his, ...
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Minimize taxes now that I earn more

Background I recently received a hefty promotion for $350k (plus stocks and bonuses) with the same company. Now that I can finally start to pay down my debt, I'm not so happy that suddenly 45% of my ...
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How can I quickly find Merchant Category Codes in Canada?

Reddit post referred http://125plan.com/ResourceCenter/doc/AD/MerchantCategoryCodes.pdf, but this URL is broken. There are two issues. Thus I need two informations? What is each merchant's MCC? My ...
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Why does XMM's performance differ significantly from its benchmark index?

XMM is a Canadian-listed iShares ETF that tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index. Its holdings are 99% EEMV, the US-listed version of the same ETF. While EEMV tracks its index ...
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I won a car in a poker game. How is that taxed in Canada?

For the sake of title transfer and taxes, is this a gift or a sale? This was a private game. We both tossed our keys into the pot. I won and the vehicle is now sitting on my driveway. I live in ...
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Removing an incorrect collection record from Canadian credit profile

A gym in Canada did not cancel my account and suddenly claims that I owe them money for almost two years, despite the fact that I never signed an agreement with them (I signed it with a different ...
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Wired some money internationally without a SWIFT code and it is not received yet. I am worried

I wired some money from China (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) to Canada (Bank of Montreal). Both are big banks in their respective countries. Both accounts are in my mother's name. I did the ...
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CANADA: Can I deduct condo fees in business use-of-home deductions?

Info: the condo is a townhouse - not in a building. the condo fees are >$500/month ($6000/year) there are not many common areas the condo fees cover items such as ALL exterior maintenance (roof, ...
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How to save money by shopping at a variety of grocery stores?

I am living close to a mall with several grocery stores. I would like to save money on the food I buy. I have tried using apps that show me the best prices, ads, and coupons from multiple stores, but ...
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I never opened TFSA. Why's my TFSA contribution room $64800.68, not 63500?

Brother Ivan never opened TFSA. Websites beneath say his TFSA contribution room is $63 500, but screenshot from his CRA online account says $64 800.68! Why? Which's right? Know your TFSA ...
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(Hypothetical) Write off Loss of Cash due to bankruptcy of financial institution

In both Canada and the United States, how do we write off the loss due to bankruptcy of the financial institution in excess of deposit insurance on the tax return for the tax year when the bankruptcy ...
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Employment travel expense tax deduction

I am currently located in Ontario, Canada. I work full time as a security guard and am required to regularly secure a client's building. According to the Canadian Revenue Agency link here, anyone ...
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Town and out-of-town cheques: where are both payable?

In the term database of the Government of Canada, the definition is provided for an out-of-town cheque: A check [drawn] on a bank which is located outside the territory of the clearing house with ...
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What are simplest examples of buying or spending money to reduce income taxes in Ontario?

What personal (not corporate) tax examples like the quote underneath appertain to Ontarians? Please focus on examples that can appertain to as many Ontarians as possible, thus don't focus on high ...
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Ontario Capital Gains,are profits also part of taxable income?

Say I Sell my investment property house for 500k and bought it for 250k. Leaving me 250k profit. I'd be taxed on 50% of that correct: 250/2 = 125k taxable. and 125k Profit. Now my 125k is taxed ...
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How does this scam involving buying a used car cash-only work?

I'm in pursuit of a used car. I came across this 2010 Camry for 4200 CAD. The car is good, I test drove it in the city and on the highway and there are no problems with it as far as I can tell. ...
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Why aren't REITs ETFs?

I'm assuming there are no ETF equivalents of REITs in Canada. Correct? Why are REITs income trusts, not ETFs? Why not operate a Real Estate ETF? Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition ...
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How do I find out what are the min and max withholdings from each paycheque?

Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition 2019. p 86. Emboldenings are mine. Taxes Paid on Earned Income Your income is subject to personal income taxes, which are taxes imposed on ...
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Can you evade tax by getting employment income just in equity, then using this equity as collateral to take out loan? [closed]

I don't get this tax evasion scheme. Can someone explain it? I'm from Toronto, Canada. I don't know if the author had in mind US taxes. Jargo comments on Deutsche Bank and Wall Street banks ...
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Why does strategy with borrowing 35,000 and using Home Buyer's Plan apply to just Canadians in 40% marginal tax bracket?

Why do these Reddit users focus on the "40% marginal tax bracket"? How did they calculate it? Assume that we're in Ontario so that we can work with Ontario's provincial tax rates. 35K at 5% for 90 ...
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Is Pension income a part of my Personal Tax Income

My parents retired, and they will be receiving monthly payments from pension and those things. We live in Ontario. Do these count towards their income tax brackets? Are there other taxes they should ...
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Where can I see break-down of total federal and Ontario non-refundable tax credits?

Please see my 63 y.o. Ontarian dad's cash flow.. I screen-shot, but rounded the values from his 2018 Notice of Assessment. Where can I see tax credits broken down? I want see them so that I can ...
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In one year, what's the maximum I can contribute to RRSP, from past unused contribution room?

My dad is 63 and lives in Ontario.. He maxed out his TFSA. His annual pre-tax income is $50K. Here is a screen-shot of his CRA online account: He never opened a RRSP, thus the $100K must've been ...
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At What Point is it Worth Doing Something With Your Money?

I (a Canadian) have never done anything with finances, don't have an income nor any expenses. I have about 20K sitting in a pile in a TD Canada Trust Account due to the government sending HST checks ...
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Can non-citizens sell paper certificated UK stocks?

I inherited BATS shares listed on the LSE. I’m a Canadian citizen, and the shares are paper certificated. I’ve been trying to sell them for a year with no luck. Can I sell them without naturalizing in ...
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How do Ontarians calculate optimal RRSP contribution?

Pls see my dad in Ontario's facts. He maxed out his TFSA, and his annual pre-tax income (henceforward "APTI") is $50K. CRA website shows his 2019 RRSP deduction limit is $100K. If I understood this ...
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All my investments goes through the same financial firm. Is that a bad idea?

In the past year, I invested $1k per week in a diversified portfolio through a financial firm. The money belongs to my incorporation. My goal is to invest as much as possible and never use it, ...
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Best/Least expensive way to cash a Canadian check in the US?

I live in the US, and I recently took a vacation in Canada. My flight home was oversold, and I was stuck at the airport for several hours. The airline is required to send me a check for 2400 Canadian ...