2019 will bring big changes, more control to first-time borrowers + MORE Jan 7th

The “Big Five” Canadian banks offer credit cards and 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). Did you know that there are many other options?
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Everything You Need to Know About Scotia Rewards Apr 29th

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Beginning this year, young borrowers with thin or non-existent credit histories will be able to proactively influence their FICO scores by granting credit bureaus access to more of their financial information.

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How to Check Your Credit Score for Free

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When borrowing money from your bank or credit union, is it important for you to get the best possible interest rate?  If you have excellent credit, you’re well positioned to do just that.
Not only do lenders offer their best rates to their top clients, having a strong credit score can make life easier when you are trying to rent an apartment, or if you’re purchasing insurance.
If your credit history is poor, or you have no credit history at all, there are ways you can improve it. In this article, I’ll show you how to do that, and I’ll also show you how to obtain a FREE copy of your credit report.
Staying on top of your credit information will help you establish or rebuild your credit. You’ll see where your score needs improvement, which will allow you to make efforts to boost your creditworthiness.
I recommend that you check your credit reports at least once a year.
How To Get Your Credit Report For Free
One option is to get your credit report directly from the credit bureau…

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If the primary holder of a credit card on which you’re an authorized user dies, you can’t continue to use the card as it is illegal. If you have, these are your options.

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