How to go about securing the best savings strategy in Canada.
A Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a fantastic way to earn money on your savings, without having to pay tax on those earnings. Registered by the federal government, TFSAs are available to Canadians aged 18 and older. Unlike a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), you cannot deduct contributio.... More »
At this time of year, it seems like the financial world is awash with information on what is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), the benefits of having one, and how to start one. But there are still a few planning points that Canadians either aren’t aware of or don’t know how to put t.... More »
The goal for your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is for it to grow steadily during your working years so that it’s there to support you when you retire. But to make that happen, you need to choose investments carefully to ensure that your nest egg continues to build and is well protect.... More »
If you faithfully pay your loans, mortgage and credit cards each month, then you’ve probably received a call or letter from your bank with the news that you were pre-approved for a credit increase or a line of credit.
You might be thinking, “I don’t even use all the credit I currently have. I don’t need an increase.”
But guess what? Accepting a pre-approved credit increase may help your credit score.
Why Were You Offered a Pre-approved Increase?
If you already have an account with a bank, they may pre-approve you for a credit increase or a new line of credit, because they recognize you for being a good customer. By diligently paying off your card every month and staying on top of your current loans, your bank now trusts that you will pay them back if they increase your limit.
How Does an Increased Credit Limit Improve Your Credit Score?
No hard check
Usually, when you apply for a loan or request a credit increase, your bank sends in a request to the credit bureau for your current credit score…
Investments like stocks, mutual funds, or cryptocurrencies carry some level of risk which you might shy away from for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re saving for college, getting ready to buy a house, or nearing retirement, if you’re looking for safer investment options, here are some of the most common low-risk alternatives for Canadians.
While large, traditional banks may only offer minuscule interest rates, some high-yield savings accounts will pay you a reasonable rate of return. Newer, online-only banks offer savings accounts that pay as much as government bonds. Examples include EQ Bank, Motusbank, and Wealthsimple, which each pay at least a 2% annual interest.
High-interest savings accounts can be a great investment option because your cash is liquid—this means you can withdraw your funds whenever you chose without penalty. Plus, savings accounts are insured for up to $100,000 by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, so you won’t lose your money if the financial institution fails…