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Does a Whole Life Insurance policy for a child need his/her consent after he/she turns 18? [closed]

I am 25 years old, have no dependents, have NEVER smoked, do NOT need any Life Insurance, and do not plan to marry or have kids at all. I live in Canada. I just discovered today that my mother bought ...
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Advice on money transfer business

Some of friends at Bangladesh work with clients from USA, and they often face problems in getting paid. They are suggesting a business plan to me. I would create a Xoom/Paypal account. It will be ...
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If I join a prop trading firm, will I enjoy low commissions

I often hear that professional traders pay negligible (<1 cent ) commission per trade. Is this true? Does this mean that if I open up an account with a prop trading firm in Toronto and put up 25k,...
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Withdrawing from RRSP to pay income tax owed to CRA?

While filing my tax return, if I find that I owe taxes to CRA, but I don't have any cash on hand to pay the taxes, then I can withdraw from my RRSP. Now, if I withdraw money from RRSP, do I first ...
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What is meant by pensionable earnings

On my T4 from my employer, it says : CPP/QPP pensionable earnings. And there is an amount for this field. What does this mean? Is it the pension I am going to get when I turn 65? I dont think so. ...
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Option spreads in registered accounts [closed]

Are there any option brokers for canadian people that allow you to do credit and debit spreads in their rrsp and Tfsa accounts?
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Is knowingly providing an incorrect/fake reference for a car loan fraud?

I'm not sure if this is the right area to ask this, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong place. My work recently hired a new employee, and she was looking for a new car. However, to get the car loan ...
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Where should a young student put their money?

I'm a young student with no student debt (my tuition is paid for, I've long since saved up enough.) I'm looking into my future and looking at investing in index funds or other sorts while I still live ...
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Why does paying out all corporate income as salary reduces the risk of being labeled a personal service business?

This blog article on PSB outlines the rules clearly. But in one of the comments it says: However, if you are paying mostly salary to yourself, your risk is minimal even if assessed What is the ...
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Is it possible to buy commodity ETFs (e.g. silver) through Questrade?

Is there a way to buy a silver ETF through Questrade? Or do they offer only mutual funds?
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What is the difference in payments and ratios between High-ratio and Conventional mortgages?

On bank's site it says: Conventional mortgage: means your downpayment is at least 20% of the purchase price. High-ratio mortgage: means your downpayment is less than 20% of the purchase price. ...
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Why's it hard to claim losses on Canadian shares as business losses in the future?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 100. If you wish to ensure that your trades on the stock market will always result in capital gains rather than business income, you may file ...
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What's the “tax refund on RRSP contribution”?

Dan Brtolotti CFP CIM B.A. English University of Waterloo - St. Jerome's University wrote this article. I don't fathom third row. RRSP is taxed at withdrawal. Thus how is tax refunded when you deposit ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does DICO insure until $250K, but CDIC until $100K?

This question doesn't duplicate this other that doesn't compare CDIC with DICO. As of Dec 6 2018: DICO [Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario] insures deposits up to $250,000. We CDIC ...
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Understanding Put Warrants on SET (Thai) exchange

I have having trouble understanding exactly how these derivative products work. For example this one. I understand that the European exercise style means that they can only be exercised on the ...
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Can I get a full-time job in Germany but ask the German company to sign contract with my own corporate in Canada instead of myself?

I found a full-time job and I am moving to Germany. I've established a corporate in Canada and did some consultant job through it. Is it possible for the Germany company to sign the contract with my ...
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Endorsed cheque [closed]

I am trying to understand the underlying contract of an endorsed cheque a bit better, and would love to know how the liabilities are determined in the following situation: Alice writes a cheque to ...
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Employer RRSP match vs. contribution limits for recent grad with no RRSP room?

I'm just starting my first job ($55k), which includes an employer RRSP match up to 5% of my income. I only have $500 of RRSP deduction limit for this year as I have never worked before. Can I ...
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How do you find an ethical, honest independent insurance broker in Canada?

I live in Toronto. I hope to buy a 20-year Term Life Insurance for my (gullible) mother of age 58 to replace her Permanent Life Insurance (which I believe that the evil insurance agent exploited her ...
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What insurance (if any) should a 26 year old without income buy?

Question: Given 4, should my cousin continue with Permanent Life Insurance, change to Term Life, or cease and desist from any insurance? Details: 1. Living in Canada, my healthy cousin is 26 years ...
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Can you deduct hobby expenses up to hobby income in Canada?

In the US you're allowed to deduct hobby expenses up to (but not exceeding) income from that hobby as part of your miscellaneous deductions. But I can't find a definitive source on the corresponding ...
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How much do laddered bond ETFs differ from bond ETFs that bound maturity?

Abbreviate LD BETF as laddered bond ETFs. 'BETFs that bound maturity' are UNladdered but impose a maximum limit on maturity of bonds, which I denote Bound BETF, and abbreviate as BD BETF. This ...
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Do health insurance premiums go up as you age?

If I buy private health insurance at the age of 40, and start off with a monthly contribution of 200$ (for example), then does the amount of premium change when I reach 50? Since at 50, my medical ...
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What duration bonds are held by the ETF XBB

I am looking at the bond etf XBB. This ETF mostly holds Canada govt bonds. What I don't understand is what is the duration of these bonds held by the fund?
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Why does the Fidelity Canadian Bond Fund have such a high beta? How is it measured?

I am looking at some Canadian bond funds (recommendations welcome) for my RRSP. Relatively safe, and with a dividend yield ~ 3% is good enough. While looking at Fidelity bond funds, I came across this ...
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Advice on money transfer from Canada to South Africa [closed]

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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Worry about trading High Interest Savings Accounts only by phone?

A friend living in Canada has HSBC InvestDirect Canada as her discount broker, which requires a minimum of $10,000 CAD in the InvestDirect account. She doesn't want $10,000 of cash to lie around ...
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When to use visa debit /MC debit

When I open up a regular checking account, I get an ATM/DEBIT card? So what exactly are the pros/cons of using a Visa/MC Debit card over the debit card provided by my bank?
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Does insurance cover injury playing rec sports

If I get hurt playing recreational soccer after work, will my employer insurance cover my medical/hospital expenses?
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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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Get free option quotes

Is there a google or yahoo api that provides option quotes similar to the below for stock quotes? http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?i=60&p=3d&f=d,o,h,l,c,v&df=cpct&q=SPY I am ...
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How does Ontario's income surtax differ from simply modifying tax brackets? [closed]

What are the costs and benefits of the income tax surtax in Ontario? Ontario charges a surtax on tax above a certain amount. An overview of the numbers is available at http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/...
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GST/PST payments considered personal loss

Long story short, five years ago I opened (and became administrator of) a corporation for a friend (he was in bankruptcy). I recently "reacquired control", only to discover no GST was ever paid, no ...
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Savings Question, how to invest

I have about $20,000 just sitting in a TFSA, I do plan to spend it (on a vehicle) in about 12-16 months, so I don't want to lock it away, is there anything better then the TFSA? I am Canadian.
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How can too much clawback tax on OAS benefits be withheld?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 319. 20.3.2 Old Age Security benefits and the OAS clawback OAS benefits are a taxable pension available at age 65. Unlike CPP/QPP ...
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In Canada, do Deposit Institutions pay interest on weekends?

I'm Ontarian. Yes or no for Chequing accounts? Savings accounts? Assume withdrawal can be delayed. If the answer is yes, then smarter to withdraw money on Monday 12:01 AM rather than Friday, right? ...
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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 ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on external savings?

I am thinking on moving to Canada to work, save for retirement, and move back to Portugal due to the lower cost of living to live my retirement. I will contribute to the Canada Pension Plan and also ...
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Tax on foreign income paid the year after

I was a self employee and worked for company in Oct 2017 in France, but only received the salary the year after, Jan 2018. It was my only foreign income. I didn't count it for 2017 as I thought I ...
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Dollar limit for Canada-US income tax treaty?

I heard a rumor that there is a dollar ceiling around $200,000/year above which the Canada-US income tax treaty doesn't apply, or at least changes its behavior. What could that be referring to?
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Credit Utilization and Score. Early re-payment

I feel like this may result in the same unanswered question but I'm gonna ask it anyway just in case we can get a definitive answer. Does paying off your credit card (before a statement is generated) ...
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How does a pre-approved credit card offer, affect the probability of actual approval?

Facts My cousin in high school has ≤ $500 in her HSBC Canada accounts, and has never had any income or job. She has had only 1 Secured Credit Card with a $300 limit. She spends ≤ $90/month, and ...
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Tax Questions for Internship on TN Visa. Should I fill out Form 8843?

I worked for 4 months at an internship in Massachusetts in the summer of 2016. I'm a Canadian citizen and resident and have a few questions below. For background, I don't pass the substantial ...
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Can't find my deceased mother's taxes BC Canada

My mother is recently deceased and I have officially finished tearing through her things. I found a filing cabinet that SHOULD have had her taxes in, and a fire safe that also should have had them in,...