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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?
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Rent cheque was stolen from landlord - am I obligated to pay again?

I live in Quebec, and my rent cheque was stolen from my landlord as they travelled to the bank to deposit it. They've asked me to stop payment on the cheque, and provide them with a new one. The ...
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How can sister protect herself from impulse purchases with a credit card?

My little sister is 18, and currently has a bank account with a debit card. She and mom believe it might be time to get her a credit card, mostly to build up her credit rating than out of necessity. ...
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How do tax brackets work? Do they yield significantly different results than a continuous curve?

In Canada (and many other countries), high-earners pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than low-earners. Here is our Schedule 1 form: The marginal utility of money decreases smoothly ...
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It is legal for a retailer/store or other business to refuse $50 & $100 bills or other legal tender, e.g. pennies?

I'm trying to find out about businesses refusing $50 & $100 bills. Aren't they required by law to accept all legal tender? I had one person say it could be that it's not all legal (i.e. a ...
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Should I pay more towards my mortgage?

I have worked for the past 5 years to get out of debt, pay my bills, and own a home. I'm glad to say that all my debts are paid off, my bills are paid every month, and my mortgage is cut by 10 years ...
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Someone stated that my uncle died in Canada and there is money for me [duplicate]

Someone contacted me and said that someone with a similar last name died and left me a large amount of money. He gave me information and forms from a bank, and other pertinent information. I then ...
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Can I buy a new house before selling my current house?

I am looking to sell and buy a house. But with the current market being as crazy as it is (houses are selling fast for sometimes 150,000 over asking), I'm afraid if we sell first, we could be stuck ...
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Why do most banks in Canada charge monthly fee?

I am not sure about other countries, but here in the UK we mostly don't need to pay a monthly fee. But I was a bit surprised to learn that most Canadian banks do charge monthly fees that some of them ...
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I am a Canadian resident who wants to gift my Adult US child CAD$175K. What are the tax implications?

I am a Canadian resident who wants to gift my adult US child $175K Canadian. What are the tax implications for the US resident who resides in California?
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Why would a rational buyer offer to buy with no conditions precedent?

Assume that the Canadian Reddit commenter beneath is rational. I corrected typos. As an investor, I have a tactic where I only buy houses via the listing realtor, and do not use my own. Why? ...
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Why would a home insurer offer a discount based on credit score?

Recently I received a letter from my home insurance company: Thank you for being a Gore Mutual customer. We're working hard to ensure that our products are competitive. And we want to provide ...
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3.5% Interest Student Loan or use all of my savings on Tuition?

I've got one year of University left and luckily I've managed to stash around ~$18k in savings that my expenses never cut into. My tuition for my last year will probably be around $13k. I hate the ...
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Estate with negative net worth

If someone dies with a negative net worth, what happens to the bills and debts that they leave behind? If I am the next of kin, or if I am the estate administrator, am I responsible for the debts? ...
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Canada: Girlfriend did not file tax return since 2006. What to do?

I was just starting my girlfriend's tax return when I realized I didn't have her notice of assessment from 2009. I wanted her tuition carry forward so I decided to call revenue Canada to see what the ...
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Why is “cheque cashing” a legitimate business?

There are many places around here, often co-located with pawn shops or payday-loan places, where they offer to "cash cheques" immediately, with some very high fee. How does this get any business? ...
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Was my insurance technically cancelled?

A few weeks ago I received a cancellation notice effective two weeks from then for my home insurance because of a single occurrence of a lack of funds. I immediately paid the balance due and had the ...
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If I have given my bank details to someone by email what should I do now? [duplicate]

I have given someone my bank account details including my home address and phone number by email, supposedly so that money can be transferred into my account. I am now quite sure this is a scam. ...
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How does holding onto an active but un-used credit card affect your ability to get a loan?

I was debating with my friend about my old credit card. His view is that holding onto an unused credit card is bad for my credit b/c it will count as potential money I can borrow in an instant and ...
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What are the advantages of paying off a mortgage quickly?

What are the advantages of paying off the mortgage quickly?? Sure, not paying interest and truly owning your house is great, but then the money is tied in a fixed asset, and if you want to get at ...
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I unknowingly went $1200 over my credit card limit, how do I fix it?

I got a RBC Visa in Canada which I continued to use trusting that I could never go over my limit (except maybe $100 over as stated by a teller to me when I asked why was I able to go $1200 over). So ...
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If I were 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 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 paid the balance in full by the time the ...
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Regular contribution threshold for ETF vs Index Mutual Fund?

I've seen enough info out there comparing lump-sum investments into ETFs vs mutual funds with respect to broker commissions in the case of ETFs, and the discrepancy between MERs between the two. In ...
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What does a mortgage percentage rate really mean?

I'm wondering if I could get a detailed explanation on exactly what a mortgage rate really means. For example, if you have a $250,000 mortgage, with a 25 year amortization, at 2.95%, with a 5 year ...
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I'm being asked for installment tax payments, but I just started as a salaried employee. What should I do?

For the last decade I've been a freelancer. I had a balance owing two years ago, so last year (2014) I had to pay by installments. However, on January 1st, 2015, I started as a salaried employee at ...
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Aside from having to re-establish credit & credit history, what are downsides to declaring personal bankruptcy?

If someone were to file for (personal) bankruptcy protection from their creditors, is their entire debt wiped clean? And then they have seven years to wait before their credit history no longer ...
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What's a good personal finance management web app that I can use in Canada?

I'm looking for an intuitive free to use personal finance management web application. There's a whole bunch of them out there and the few that seems modern are: www.buxfer.com www.wesabe.com www....
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I guess I'm American (by birth). I'm Canadian… my investment company is asking an impossible question. I don't have an SSN, what to do? Lie?

When I was born (1976) they did not automatically assign SSNs to kids (according to my mother). I guess that's not the case now. I only lived there for a few years and I gather I am a US citizen by ...
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Why would a restaurant offer a very large cash discount?

I understand that in many cases, merchants would put surcharges on credit card purchases, or offer cash discounts, in order to pay for transaction fees charged by Visa, etc. However, a restaurant I ...
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Working on a tax free island to make money?

I recently came across a website that was touting the benefits of working in cayman islands. Work for a financial firm, earn well, scuba dive...and..............pay NO taxes. Now, if the people are ...
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Explanations on credit cards in Canada

I recently moved from France to Canada, and am a bit lost regarding the way credit cards work in North America. Let me explain my understing to give some context to my question: In France, one has ...
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Should a married couple co-sign a mortgage or not?

If one partner can qualify for the mortgage that the couple needs based on his/her income and credit history alone, is there value in co-signing the mortgage apart from the 'in it together' mentality? ...
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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.
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Use equity to purchase second home in Canada

I tried searching, but did not see one specific to Canada. I have a home I'm living in worth approx. $180,000. I owe approximately $126,000 on the mortgage, which I have been paying extra towards ...
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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 it....
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Capital gains on stocks sold to take initial investment off the table

Suppose I have invested $100K in a stock that was trading at $100 per share. The stock has gone up by 10 percent and is now at $110. I sold 909 units at $110, i.e. 909*$110 ≈ $100K, which is ...
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I'm not broke, but I'm feeling stuck on a fixed income

I'm living on a fixed disability income, with little hope of ever being able to work again. I cannot receive any income of any kind while on disability (or I have to pay it back anyway, and risk ...
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First time home hunters. Pay debt or save for down payment

tl;dr We want to buy a house. We've done all the pro's and con's of home ownership. We have 1/2 a down payment and some highish loan payments Would it be wiser to pay down the loans and go with ...
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Am I financially ready to move out with my boyfriend?

Background Information: I am 24 years old Graduated from University 2 years ago Currently working full time at a bank in downtown for the past 1 year Living at home with my parents My parents paid ...
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Why do they ask whether it is a paycheck or not in a bank?

I am getting paid with checks so each time I deposit it to my bank account they ask whether it is a paycheck or not. What difference does it make?
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Do my parents need to pay me minimum wage?

Next summer I am going to work for my parents. They own the company. Do they need to pay me minimum wage? I'm 14. It is a gas fitting company. And I live in Canada. BC
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Is an index fund a good choice for a starter investment?

As an individual that is willing to consistently invest ~100-150 dollars monthly into an investment, willing to devote an average of an hour a day to educate himself / monitor investments, what kinds ...
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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.
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When do dual citizens (Canadian & American citizenship) need to file U.S. income taxes?

I'm a Canadian-US dual citizen (born in the US to Canadian parents) but I've lived in Canada my whole life (aside from the first 3 weeks). I've never had an American passport or a SSN. I've never ...
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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?
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What's the general principle behind choosing saving vs. paying off debt?

In "general" is it better to pay off one's debt (line of credit, etc.) or is it better to invest (retirement account / RRSP or the like)? I understand that the answer will depend on terms of debt and ...
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Comparison between US and Canada's taxes and possibility of savings?

Given two jobs earning equivalent amounts where one is in the US and another in Canada, where would I take home more money after taxes?
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Why are some funds only recommended for investors starting out?

I am 23 years old and have been in industry for a couple years and my savings have grown to an amount whereby GIC's are no longer good enough. Since I bank with TD Canada Trust, there seems to be a ...
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I've heard pennies are being phased out in Canada. Is this true?

If so, will it affect how retailers price items? Will they round up?
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What does quantitative easing 2 mean for my bank account?

My wife and I have been saving aggressively for the last year now and all of our savings are in the form of cash in the bank. About half of the money is in US dollars and half is in Canadian dollars. ...