What Should You Do With Your Tax Return?

It’s been a couple of weeks since the April 30th  tax return deadline has passed. If you’ve setup auto deposit to your bank account, on the CRA website, you would have received your tax refund by now. For many this comes as a bit of a windfall when the money situation is tight. So what…

Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?

Just before the start of a warm, sunny Spring weekend the big banks snuck in a mortgage rate increase of 45 basis points and 20 basis. The two big banks that acted? TD bank and RBC. Two of largest banks in Canada. Now some might think that it’s conspiracy because with warmer Spring temperatures come…

How Capital Gains Taxes Work

Tax returns are due in about a week’s time. For those who aren’t aware, April 30th, 2018 is the deadline to file your tax returns for 2017. For those that think they might be owing the government money, it’s a good idea to get your taxes done to avoid a penalty. Now that the deadline…

Risks In Real Estate

Recently there have been a lot of news articles talking about real estate deals gone bad. First there were the Mattamy homes in Whitby that dropped almost $100,000 in price this year. Buyers from last year had remorse and begged to get their home prices readjusted but to no avail. Then came another Mattamy story…

Budgeting Below Your Means

I’ve read a lot of articles teaching people how to budget properly, but every article I read always assumes that the entire budget represents your monthly income. Why not change it for once? Let’s assume you make way less! It might seem logical to most people that if you get a raise it means you…

Failing Hard

This might seem stereotypical, but through my own personal experiences of talking to individuals about personal finance, there are drastic differences between the two genders. Women tend to repeat the following: “What are mutual funds? I don’t know anything.” “Stocks are too risky” “I just want to buy a home” Men tend to be on…

Reset Your Financial Goals

It’s not unusual for us to to want to spend our money when we are flushed with extra cash. Everyday we are bombarded with advertisements on television, Facebook and our mobile phone games. We live in a consumerist society. There’s no wonder why Canadians are so much in debt and many homeowners fund their lifestyles…