It's Your Money

Avoid CRA scrutiny

Apr 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

Receiving a letter from the CRA that you’ve been selected for an audit is one piece of mail that absolutely nobody wants. As we come into the final...

Tax tips for all stages of life

Apr 8, 2019 / 6:00 am

There is only three weeks left until the tax-filing deadline, yet I haven’t even started to put my own tax file together to send off to our accountant....

Give gift of financial literacy

Apr 1, 2019 / 6:00 am

Many grandparents I know have discovered the value of providing a financial gift such as an RESP contribution to their grandchildren instead of another toy that...

5 ways not to get rich

Mar 25, 2019 / 6:00 am

Want to avoid becoming (or staying) rich? Good news! It’s simple! Just follow these five foolproof rules and you’ll be well on your way to the...

Tax-filing myths, 3

Mar 18, 2019 / 6:00 am

With the tax filing deadline fast approaching, I have devoted my columns over the past few weeks to clear up common tax filing myths. In the final column of...

Tax-filing myths, 2

Mar 11, 2019 / 6:00 am

Last week, I wrote the first in a series of columns attempting to clear up common tax-filing myths. In the second of this three-part series, I am going to look...

Tax myths exposed

Mar 4, 2019 / 6:00 am

The personal tax filing deadline is fast approaching, and I thought I’d take the next few weeks to dispel a couple of the most common tax myths that have...


Feb 25, 2019 / 6:00 am

There are only five days (including today) left to get your RRSP contributions in and save on some taxes. If your RRSP money isn’t in by market close on...

Save money, defer taxes

Feb 18, 2019 / 6:00 am

BC Assessment recently sent out their annual assessment notices and your annual property tax bill will be arriving soon. When your tax notice arrives, take a...

Tips for happy retirement

Feb 11, 2019 / 6:00 am

Hey, retirees – are you maximizing your retirement income and minimizing your taxes? If you’re like most retired Canadians, you probably...

RRSPs still misunderstood

Feb 4, 2019 / 6:00 am

Every year, when RRSP season rolls around I question whether I should dedicate another column to this same topic. Surely by now, everyone knows how RRSPs work,...

Steps to financial freedom

Jan 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

With Canadian debt loads out of control and many more people closer than ever to insolvency, it’s time to start taking your finances more seriously. So...

Don't be blue this Monday

Jan 21, 2019 / 6:00 am

Today is Blue Monday and the following 30 days are often called the saddest time of the year. Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January claimed to be the...

Good returns risk free

Jan 14, 2019 / 6:00 am

Investors have come to accept the fact that earning returns require risk and that the higher return you want, the bigger the risks you must accept. But what if...

The secret? Stay invested

Jan 7, 2019 / 6:00 am

When stock market volatility picks up, the patience and resolve of investors wears continuously thinner. It’s the tough times like these that provide...

Choosing right resolutions

Dec 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

As we ring in the New Year, millions of Canadians will make New Year’s resolutions that will largely focus on their health. The most common resolutions...

Up for the 1% challenge?

Dec 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Would you be willing to forgo a movie night out if the savings could pay your monthly cable bill in retirement? How about bringing your lunch to work once per...

Do you need life insurance?

Dec 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

You don’t really need to have life insurance, do you? Odds are you aren’t going to die in the next 20 years, so why waste the money, right? Like it...

Avoid a holiday hangover

Dec 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Black Friday shopping spree is often the staring point of the annual over-spending period also known as Christmas. Each holiday season, warnings of spending...

Tips to save you tax money

Dec 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

As another year comes to a close, it’s time to look at any last-minute tax planning strategies that you may want to take advantage of before Dec 31. To...