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What is the difference between an A+, A or A- Insurance Company?

I've noticed insurance brokers providing me quotes and tables of quotes that compare insurance plans, and all of the institutions have a letter grade value assigned to them. Nobody that I have asked ...
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How much is university projected to cost in Canada in 18 years?

I don't know how much I should put into an RESP for my son. I have $1000 to start and plan to put $100 / month into it. Will this be enough to pay for university when he turns 18?
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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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If I volunteer to give back to my community, is there a monetary amount assigned to my time, to act as an Income Tax Deduction?

Is there a value that can be assigned to my time, i.e. an hourly rate, so that I can be given a receipt to remit to CRA come Income Tax Filing time? I live in Canada.
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I may earn a lot of cash soon through self-employment on a lucrative project. How to handle the tax?

I'm in Canada, and am young and don't know anything about finance. I've been working part-time as a software consultant for a friend who's starting a marketing company. He recently landed a job with ...
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How can I minimize the impact of the HST?

HST is being introduced in both Ontario (see this question) and B.C., does anyone have suggestions for how to reduce its impact on individuals?
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If your spouse passes away do you lose any tax credits (GST and Trillium Credit) owed to them before they died?

My husband passed away this pass on 17-July-2018. Until he passed away we hadn't filed our income tax for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. I am wondering if and when I do decide to file our taxes; ...
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Nit picky personal accounting question: What is the right way to record borrowing from yourself?

I keep a spreadsheet with my personal financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow) that generally follows the corporate approach. I omit considerations of depreciation, etc. There'...
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Is the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf actually used as legal tender?

How could it be that this gold coin was created as legal tender when its gold content value is much higher than its face value? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Gold_Maple_Leaf The face value ...
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What is the difference between 401(k) accounts in the U.S. and RRSPs in Canada?

What are the major differences between the two?
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Why does CDIC insure deposits only until $100,000?

$100K CAD appears a low maximum, esp. for retirees. FDIC does so until $250K USD.
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Are RRSP investment accounts, in Canada, available to temporary residents?

Is it possible for a temporary (non-citizen) long term (leaving in 2 years) resident in Canada to obtain RRSPs? Is it advisable?
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Which non-bank-specific online money management applications work for Canadian banks?

Mint.com has languished for years (over three now) in not supporting Canadian banks. Given that we only have a few, you would think it to be a small amount of work. Update: Mint.com now supports ...
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How do “past due” utility bills affect credit rating?

I received a utility bill which is clearly in error. It claims that a previous payment is "past due", when the bill claiming this is dated before the due date on the supposedly past due payment it ...
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Use retirement to pay off debt: Should I cash in RRSP to repay Line of Credit?

The amount I have in RRSP savings is exactly equal to the amount I have in Home Equity Line of Credit debt (significant, but aside from home mortgage, my family has no other debt). I know if I ...
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Should I open an RRSP if I don't plan to retire in Canada?

I'm currently working in Canada and my employer offers a program where they match my RRSP contributions up to a certain percentage of my salary. Should I start contributing to RRSP even though I ...
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Can I contribute to my spouse's RRSP to fully take advantage of the Home Buyer's Plan?

My spouse and I plan to eventually use the Home Buyers' Plan when purchasing our first home. If we combine our RRSP's then we can take out $25,000 each to use as a down payment on our first home. I ...
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Will there be enough money in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to cover baby boomer retirement?

As the leading edge of the baby boomer generation edges into retirement age, is there enough funds in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to cover the needs of this populous generation? Do special measures ...
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With interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock in a mortgage at fixed rate or opt for variable rate?

With the interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock the house mortgage at a fixed rate or to opt for a variable rate mortgage? Thanks in advance for the sage advice that is shared here.
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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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In Canada, can I deduct my mortgage if running a business from my home?

If I run a home business and a portion of the home is used as an office for the business can I deduct a percentage of the mortgage?
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Ontario HST rebate: When would I qualify?

I turned 18 in January 2010 and I filed a 2009 income tax return. When will I qualify to receive the rebate?
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Ontario gas prices & HST: What will happen to prices at the pump on July 1, 2010?

When the HST comes into effect on July 1, 2010 will gas prices at the pump be affected immediately?
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Do gift cards expire? Does a gift certificate's value depreciate? How long can I keep them for?

I recently found several gift certificates (yes, way back when) from stores like Restoration Hardware, Omer DeSerres (now Loomis) and Jacob. I live in Canada. Can I use these certificates today, ...
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What will happen to quarterly GST cheques when HST starts in Ontario?

The Federal government gives GST cheques to those who have qualifying incomes. What will happen in Ontario when the taxes merge?
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Ontario HST Rebate: What was the mailing date of the June, 2011 HST rebate cheque?

What was the date that the June, 2011 HST rebate cheques were mailed? I have my bank statement that covers up to June 17th and the HST cheque was not deposited by that time.
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Benefits available to single-mom with low income, in Canada?

I have been in Canada for 6 months. My husband and I have recently separated. I have a 4-year old son living with me. I am currently working but the income is very low. I earn about $800/month. Which ...
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Salary vs. dividend when a company is closing down?

Let's say I have a small business that has been in operation for 10 years and it no longer makes any money. I've told all my customers that we will no longer take on any new business. So for the ...
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Ontario HST rebate: Would I be receiving a cheque if I owe Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)?

Would I be receiving a cheque if I owe Canada Revenue Agency?
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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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Canadian income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

In Canada, how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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What is covered by CDIC savings deposit insurance?

In the unlikely event that a financial institution fails in Canada, what is covered by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation? What is the limit of coverage?
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Should an independent mobile game developer incorporate a business?

The story is thus: I am on the verge of publishing my first app, but I was thinking whether I should incorporate or not. I am an accounting student, albeit in second year with a budget of $1000. I am ...
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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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Ontario Sales Tax Transition Benefit: Can you still get first cheque even if 2009 taxes are filed later?

If a person hasn't filed his or her tax return for 2009 before the cheques are mailed out in June 2010, will they still receive the payment after they file the return, or are they out of luck?
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How will Ontario's HST apply to books / textbooks, which were PST exempt before?

Students (university/college) have been hit hard enough recently with tuition hikes. How will this latest cost increase affect the cost of education materials?
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Are “credit freezes” possible in Canada?

It seems to be generally-accepted that "freezing credit" is preferred to credit monitoring. Freezing your credit seems simple: Freezing your credit is as simple as contacting each of the credit ...
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Should I file taxes or Incorperate a personal project?

I have effectively started a small business. The business is an online venture and has already generated a small amount of money through donations/etc. I am currently considering if I want to go ...
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My Ontario small business collects only PST (beneath GST threshold). How will HST affect me?

I own a small business in Ontario and make less than $30,000 per year. I only charge the PST Will I be affected by the new HST and if so, how ? ==================== Also: If the PST is going ...
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Trading options as a salaried individual Vs as a business?

Please consider the following information before answering: I have a full time job where I earn more than $90,000 per year I have been trading options for the last 2 years and have made between $10K-...
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Buying Euros in a Canadian Trading Account

The Euro is trending low, and I have long term plans which might involve living there. I have a German girokonto (which costs me an outrageous Eur5/mo to hold), but no European trading account. ...
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Intro to Investment options for a Canadian

I'm a 22 year old Canadian living in Canada. I am about to finish school, paid off my student loan, and I have a good paying job, apart from rent and food (no car or house), I don't have much need for ...
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How are Canada Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) & related tax measures changing in 2015?

Significant changes to Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and related income tax measures were announced on October 30, 2014 by the Prime Minister. What exactly is changing w.r.t. UCCB and ...
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canadian citizen who has not filed a canadian tax return in 30 years

i'm a canadian citizen, have always lived in canada, and have not filed a tax return in 30 years. I also have not been in anyone's 'employment' during that time. In addition the last income I did ...
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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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Will I need to pay HST on condo maintenance fees?

Are condo fees going to go up when the HST goes into effect? If so, are there any exemptions to this?
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What capital gains taxes do non-resident Canadian citizens owe?

I live in the Caribbean. I remain a Canadian citizen, but a few years ago I declared myself a non-resident for tax purposes. Assuming I have no income in the Caribbean, and I make $100,000 on stocks ...
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Canadian Scholarship in US

I am a graduate student at Cornell University in the US and I receive a scholarship (NSERC) from the government of Canada (~$20,000). Do I declare the scholarship to the US government, Canadian ...
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How does Ontario's new HST affect a condominium purchase?

I'm wondering what the rules are regarding HST and a purchase of a condominium. When buying a new construction condominium, would I need to pay HST? What about for existing (re-sale) condo's? I've ...