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Watch: 4 things to consider before putting your money in a TFSA or RRSP Sep 28th

You know both can help lower how much income tax you pay—both are registered accounts, after all—but how do you decide whether to put your money into a tax-free savings account (TFSA) or a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP)? Watch this video to learn about the four things to consider befo.... More »
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How does age affect life insurance rates? + MORE Sep 14th

Most of us go through life assuming we’ll reach a ripe old age—and that’s fair, because most of us do. But if you have dependents, it’s wise to protect them from the financial fallout of your death—even if you’re still young and healthy—by getting life insurance. Your age is a pretty b.... More »

What time of year should you retire? Sep 7th

Is there a better time of the year to retire based on tax implications: December 31 versus June 30 versus January 30? —Laf The best date to retire for tax purposes For most Canadians planning their retirement, tax isn’t the primary factor, Laf. However, there are instances when tax can com.... More »

Can a non-resident open an investment account in Canada? Sep 21st

I moved to Sweden to study in 2021 and I am no longer considered a resident of Canada (to my understanding). However, I have some money to invest. I am not allowed to contribute to my TFSA which leaves me with contributing to an RRSP or an ISK (Swedish tax efficient account). In short, you pay ~0.40.... More »
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During my working life, I transferred non-registered investment shares through a spousal loan to my wife (a stay-at-home mother). At the time of transfer, I declared the capital gain and paid the corresponding tax on the gain on the difference between the FMV (fair market value) and the ACB (adjusted cost base). We also set up additional spousal loans from time to time from savings from my executive compensation.

Now that I am retired and can split my pension income with my wife, there is no more need for the spousal loans. Should we keep the spousal loans going? She pays me the prescribed rate interest annually, and I declare this on my income annually. What is the best strategy to have the spousal loans reimbursed to minimize taxes? The market value of the investments, including non-realized capital gain now exceeds the loan amount?

I have seen advice on setting up a spousal loan for investments, but I can’t find much on the need to reimburse one and how to do so.

—Ghislain

How to set up a spousal loan in Canada—and what not to do

Thanks for your question, Ghislain…

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Kyle Prevost, editor of Million Dollar Journey and founder of the Canadian Financial Summit, shares financial headlines and offers context for Canadian investors.

Banking on stability and caution

Canadian investors love their banks. Year in and year out, banks provide dependable dividend growth and solid long-term share price increases as well. They also make up a massive part of any Canadian index fund, as well as the bulk of Canadian pension funds.

So, when the banks pull back the curtains to reveal how business is doing, we take notice.

With a set of mixed results, the main takeaway appears to be that the Big 6 (BMO, CIBC, National Bank, RBC, Scotiabank and TD) looked at the economic storm clouds on the horizon and decided to batten down the hatches. 

By provisioning more of their profits for default loans, the news wasn’t as good as recent previous quarters. That said, these conglomerates continue to tick along cautiously, dependably spinning off free cash flow…

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