Banking in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
For a limited time, American Express is offering consumer cardmembers more value for Points for Purchases. From April 17, until September 30, 2020, cardholders can use 1,000 points for a $10 statement credit on all eligible non-travel related purchases. That means Membership Rewards points are curr.... More »
One of the most useful personal finance tools is your credit card. You can use it to buy products and services online, set up automatic payments, finance larger purchases, and start to build your credit history. However, you must use your credit card responsibly. While effectively managing your deb.... More »
Well over 700,000 Canadian homeowners have now taken advantage of various mortgage payment deferral programs offered by most mortgage lenders. It’s no wonder there’s been so much demand, considering more than three million jobs have been lost across the country since the start of March when the.... More »
Your credit report summarizes your credit history and helps lenders weigh your credit risk. Often your credit report is initiated when you apply for your first credit card. Over time it can help you reach your larger financial goals such as obtaining a rental agreement or mortgage. When you apply f.... More »
Your credit score can affect your ability to get a credit card, personal loan, or low-interest mortgage. Everyone knows you should pay your bills on time to keep your credit score healthy. However, some aspects of credit scores can be confusing. Here, we’re busting seven common myths about your credit score.
1. Having a Good Job Boosts Your Credit Score
Common factors determining your credit score include credit usage, balances due, and length of credit history. Your occupation and income, however, don’t affect your credit score. While having steady income always looks good when meeting with a lender, it won’t change your credit score, which focuses on credit behaviour, not earning potential.
2. Spouses Have the Same Credit Score
Your credit score is in your name only—you don’t share a credit score with your spouse, children, or other family members. If a debt is in your name and you fail to pay on time, your credit score will be the one affected.
3. Each Person Has Only One Credit Score
TransUnion and Equifax are two trusted credit bureaus in Canada…