Opinion: S&P Overstates Broker Fraud Driver + MORE Mar 22nd

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RRSP, RESP, TFSA or Mortgage prepayment… Which offers the best bang for my buck?
Trying to decide what’s the best move can be difficult… and, I must admit, this isn’t an easy subject to tackle. There are so many opinions! But it’s important enough that I’m going to put my two cents into the discussion. (My final recommendations are listed at the bottom if you want to fast forward.)
First, let’s come to the understanding that we’re all different and have unique needs. You must first ask for professional advice in order to make up your own mind. Having said that, I think that, for me, this is actually a very easy decision.
RESP – If you have kids, put money into a Registered Education Savings Plan. The government gives you 20% on a max contribution of $2,500/year per child. That’s $500 in free money! Just be careful not to invest in any risky funds or stocks.
TFSA – If you have some extra cash then, yes, put those funds into a Tax-Free Savings Account. You can contribute $5,000/year and any unused contribution limit carries forward each year…

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Opinion: S&P Overstates Broker Fraud Driver

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A few weeks ago, S&P said Canadian bank risk was rising, and it blamed mortgage brokers in the process. The rating agency wrote: “…The growing share of residential mortgages originated via brokers, compound the risks of high household debt and house prices…As brokers do not bear credit risk for the residential mortgages they initiate, and […]

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