The “Big Five” Canadian banks include Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust), Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Are there other viable options?
Even before COVID-19 began to dominate the collective consciousness, the possibility of negative interest rates garnered plenty of attention in the press. Just last year, in the midst of a U.S./China trade war, Donald Trump mused about the Federal Reserve heading into negative territory in order to .... More »
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the Canadian economy. While the number of new cases is now trending in the right direction in many parts of the country, the economic carnage will continue to be felt for some time. One area that is being closely watched is the real estate sector. .... 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 »
For obvious reasons, a lot of personal finance and retirement books come my way and, from time to time, we’ve dedicated a particular edition of this column to a single book. This one looks at a dozen noteworthy books I’ve read lately, or plan to—most of them published in the last few years. If.... More »
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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 for a credit product, you may request your report to get one number—your credit score. But that detail is just one aspect among a long list of confusing text and alphanumeric codes. Credit reports can seem cryptic and hard for the average consumer to interpret. However, reading and understanding them is an essential part of maintaining good credit and healthy financial habits.
In Canada, consumers are allowed to request their credit report free of charge at least once a year from the two main credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion. Asking for your information from one reporting agency and then the other every six months can help you stay up to date with your credit report and ensure the information is accurate…