The Best Credit Cards for Students in 2019 + MORE May 18th

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Canadians Need Guidance With Their Mortgages + MORE Oct 3rd

That’s the takeaway from a national survey released this week by, which found half of Canadians aren’t aware of the mortgage options available to them. Not only that, but Canadians are lacking in some other basic mortgage trivia, with an astounding 9 out of 10 respondents not kn.... More »

2020 Mortgage Forecasts: Defaults to Jump, Originations to Tumble, Sales to “Suffer” + MORE May 8th

There’s no doubt that Canada’s mortgage and real estate industries will suffer in the short term due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But how long will the pain last and how far out might the recovery be? Those are questions being asked by many in the industry, and some have p.... More »

Don’t Fear the Digital Future of the Mortgage Industry + MORE Dec 15th

There’s no denying the mortgage industry—like many others—is in the midst of a digital transformation. Depending on your perspective, that’s something that can either be feared or embraced as a new opportunity. The fear, of course, is that as the industry moves towards greater automa.... More »

Important week for mortgage rates could cost or save you thousands. Oct 31st

Mortgage rates fell by about 1% since January of this year. That rate drop has created a surge in real estate sales across Canada, with September and October seeing a greater than average number of real estate transactions.  We also saw consumers taking advantage of these low rates by refinancing .... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: Stress-Test Rate Drops After a Year of No Change Jul 20th

The benchmark posted 5-year fixed rate, which is used for stress-testing Canadian mortgages, fell yesterday in its first move since May 2018. The Bank of Canada announced the mortgage qualifying rate drop to 5.19% from 5.34%. This marks the first reduction in the rate since September 2016. The rate .... More »
Best of Finance Winners: The Best Credit Cards and Banking Products for 2019 aims to make financial decision-making easier for the consumer by acknowledging the best credit cards and banking products in Canada at its annual Best of Finance Awards.
The credit card, loan, bank account, or mortgage you choose can affect how the future of your money, how investors and lenders look at your portfolio, potential job offers, the type of house you can rent or buy, and even the type of cell phone plan you get (pro tip: good credit may mean better deals!).
That being said, the world of personal finance, credit and investing can be a daunting one to navigate. Everyone has a unique lifestyle and budget which may lead them to choose a specific credit card or banking product over another. And it’s imperative to do your research before signing on the dotted line. With so many options available, choosing the best product can be difficult.
That’s why we at annually audit Canadian credit cards and banking accounts to see how they stack up against each other…

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The Best Credit Cards for Students in 2019
If you’re a student in college or university, you understand that every penny counts. Tuition is high, textbooks are expensive, and it’s hard to maintain healthy eating habits while living off-campus when all you can afford are those packets of Sidekicks pasta for $1.
This is where a good rewards credit card can come in handy. Not only can you earn points, merchandise or cash-back for you purchases, but you’re also given the opportunity to start building your credit. And this is important if you’re a young adult who doesn’t have any credit to your name. If used responsibly, having a credit card will start you off on the right foot so you are eligible for other types of credit in the future, like personal loans or a mortgage. And there’s a great chance you’ll need one of these things eventually.
Rewards cards generally offer different amounts of points or cash-back for particular spending categories (gas, grocery, pharmacy purchases, etc.). Whether it’s rebating you in points, a statement credit, or cash-back in your bank account, a good rewards card maximizes on your everyday purchases and ultimately helps you save, and if you’re a student, you’re likely looking for a card with little-to-no annual fee…

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The Best Credit Cards for Building Credit of 2019
Your credit score is a crucial factor that banks and other lenders consider before they lend you any money. Banks want to know you’re financially responsible and capable of repaying your debts before they hand you any funds. Thus, looming debt can be destructive to your credit score, affecting your ability to get an approval on a mortgage, student loan, or financing for a car.
So, if you’ve found yourself in a financial predicament, your best bet would be to pay off as much debt as possible, apply for new credit, and use it responsibly. But if you’re not able to qualify for a credit card because of the current state of your credit score, consider getting a secured credit card or a card specifically designed for rebuilding credit.
With these types of card, you may be required to put down a deposit before you get approved. For example, if you want a $500 credit limit, you would need to provide a $500 deposit. After you’ve rebuilt your credit score with a secured card, you should be able to get your deposit back and qualify for a regular credit card…

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