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If filing your taxes before the deadline went over your head this year, procrastinating can only make things worse. Unlike sales tax, which is a pay-at-the-pump proposition, Canada’s income tax system is based on self-assessment. Make your money, plan your affairs as best you can and then, pay up.... More »
If you’re like most Canadians, you have a number of charges that come out of your bank account every month. Your gym membership, meal delivery service, beauty box, and streaming services all cost you more than pennies on a regular basis. How do you know if you are getting your money’s wo.... More »
Your phone can answer your questions in the amount of time it takes you to type it in or, quite literally, ask it. It wakes you up in the morning, tells you the weather, and keeps you connected. It can even pay for your morning coffee. But, if you can pay with your phone in an instant, you had bett.... More »
One of the most common questions out there is whether to invest in a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or a tax-free savings account (TFSA). Both will help you save, and save on taxes, but each works in different ways. Understanding these investments will help you know when to use one or the.... More »
Q: I’m 81, single, female, with around $265,000 in a RRIF (invested in two different financial institutions, both mutual funds). My withdrawal is about $12,000 a year. How can I minimize tax payable (by my beneficiaries) at death? — Lydia A: The tax savings and deferral from contributing t.... More »
Last week, Canada’s biggest bank, RBC, cut its five-year fixed rate by 15 basis points. This gave customers the option to lock in their mortgage rate at 3.74 per cent, for a five-year term. And surely enough, TD Bank and BMO Bank of Montreal followed suit and cut their five-year fixed rates to the same level. Currently, CIBC is asking all customers to call in for more details on its five-year fixed rate, and Scotiabank is not showing the same 15-basis-point cut.
The move by some of Canada’s commercial banks is overdue. Unlike variable-rate loans that are affected by the Bank of Canada’s benchmark rate, fixed rates are tied to the bond market, and bond yields have been sinking over the last two months.
The yield for the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond fell from a high of 2.48 per cent last October to a low of 1.76 per cent on January 3. At the time of writing this article, the bond yield has recovered slightly but still remains lower than two per cent. This means it’s cheaper for commercial banks to borrow money at a fixed rate and, therefore, they can pass down those interest rate savings to their mortgage customers…