How do credit card payment deferrals work during COVID-19? Apr 19th

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Deferring Your Mortgage Could Cost You More Down the Road + MORE Jun 4th

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 »
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What to do with a rental property when you owe more than it’s worth + MORE Apr 22nd

Q. I bought a home in Fort McMurray, Alta., for $413,000 in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, I moved out and started renting the property, and it has remained an income property since then. With the decline in oil prices, the town of Fort McMurray has seen real estate losing value like crazy. After .... More »
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How to Read Your Credit Report + MORE Jun 1st

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 »

Technology’s Role in Canada’s Evolving Mortgage Industry May 29th

COVID-19 has dramatically changed the course of many industries and threatened the physical, mental and financial wellness of millions of Canadians. In the housing sector, real estate sales volumes have dropped significantly and rapid increases in unemployment have added uncertainty to many transact.... More »
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Oaken Financial review 2020  + MORE Apr 25th

Table of contents Who is Oaken Financial? Oaken Financial review Oaken Financial GICs Oaken Financial’s High-Interest Savings Account Is Oaken Financial right for me? There are plenty of options for saving and investing in Canada, whether it’s via high-interest savings accounts, TFSAs, RR.... More »
If you’re dreading your credit card bill, you’re not alone. According to the Bank of Canada, 30% of us carry a balance from month to month, accruing interest, on average, at an eye-watering 19.99%. Simply put, we’re in the red, with an average of $23,800 per Canadian owing on credit cards, lines of credit, loans and other non-mortgage debt, according to Equifax Canada.
Those stats are from the end of 2019. Since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect, Statistics Canada reports that more than one million Canadians lost their job in March, taking the unemployment rate from historic lows to 7.8%. The job loss is a decline not seen since the 1980s. 
What does that mean to our day-to-day financial lives? One in three (34%) Canadians are worried that they may miss rent or a mortgage payment or have to borrow money, according to an Angus Reid survey, released March 25. In addition, the survey found that 37% of households who have experienced job loss say that they aren’t equipped to handle an extra $100 expense in the next 30 days…

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