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It's Your Money

Stop money leaks

Sep 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Every time you choose to spend (or not spend) money, you have a chance to improve your financial well-being. For example, spending $60 a month on a membership...

Mortgage 'vacation' ending

Sep 14, 2020 / 6:00 am

The six-month “vacation” that many Canadians took from their mortgage and other debt obligations is coming to an end. It has been a little over six...

Tough year for students

Sep 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

In a typical year, many post-secondary students would have spent their summer saving up for school expenses. But COVID related lockdowns have affected the...

Ignore market; stick to plan

Aug 31, 2020 / 6:00 am

When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, many people close to or in retirement suddenly felt unsure of their ability to maintain their lifestyle after...

Back-to-school planning

Aug 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

A new school year is just around the corner, and this one will no doubt look different from more “normal” years. While many parents are still...

Mortgage lenders chastised

Aug 17, 2020 / 6:00 am

Canadian mortgage lenders have been chastised by CMHC. A sharply worded letter released by Canada’s national housing agency (CMHC) has drawn: Praise...

High earners, short careers

Aug 10, 2020 / 6:00 am

The Okanagan is one of the most beautiful areas to live in Canada, if not the world. It is no wonder than many people who live and work in separate places...

When is it best to take CPP?

Aug 3, 2020 / 6:00 am

The question of when to begin taking your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits is one that comes up regularly and something that seems to never have a definitive...

Is the economy really better?

Jul 27, 2020 / 6:00 am

Before the pandemic hit, a large percentage of Canadian families were in dire financial situations and our consumer debt loads were well above historical highs...

Avoid foreign executors

Jul 20, 2020 / 6:00 am

Most Canadians (who have a proper will in place) have named a Canadian resident as an executor. But there are still many out there who have appointed someone...

Turn 2nd home into asset

Jul 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

You love your second home, but, to be honest, you’re not there as often as you’d like. Maybe you have a big trip planned somewhere else this summer....

A sign(ature) of the times

Jul 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

In May, in response to the global pandemic, the B.C. government issued two emergency orders that suspended in-person execution requirements for: Wills Health...

Save money on a rainy day

Jun 29, 2020 / 6:00 am

With July starting in two more days, many are patiently waiting for summer to finally get started. A lot of people find themselves with a little more free time...

Don't spend more money!

Jun 22, 2020 / 6:00 am

I’m going to be really clear on this so listen up – please don’t go out and spend money right now. Tiff Macklem, the new Bank of Canada...

Be wary of market rebound?

Jun 15, 2020 / 6:00 am

Global stock markets have been climbing steadily for the past 2 1/2 months from their late March lows and that rebound came to a screeching halt on June 11 when...

A marathon with no plan

Jun 8, 2020 / 6:00 am

I was thinking that next year I might run in the Boston Marathon with a goal to place in the top 3 overall. To reach that goal, and in light of the fact that I...

It takes a pandemic...

Jun 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

I’ve been writing a weekly finance column for almost a decade now and I’ve dedicated countless columns to trying to explain to people why they...

Avoid ill will after death

May 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

Do you have a blended family? If so, you need to take extra precautions to make sure that your estate plans are properly set up. Blended families are families...

Retirement hit by COVID-19

May 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

Has the COVID-19 pandemic put your retirement plans on hold? There is no question that the global pandemic has affected all of us in some way but those who...

Financial plans for women

May 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

In honour of Mother’s Day yesterday and all of the great moms out there, I wanted to focus this week’s column on financial planning tips...

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