Personal Savings getting you down? There are always smart ways to increase your savings.
Q: When transferring my unused RESP accumulated income into my RRSP, am I able to do it as is, i.e. bank stocks, or do I have to cash them in and transfer as cash? —Johanna A: If you end up with money in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) that you can’t use for a child’s education, .... More »
(EpicStockMedia/Shutterstock) 1. Am I saving enough for retirement? Ah, the million-dollar question. Lets look at a specific example, shall we? Say you have a $50,000 per year salary and $160,000 in your RRSP at around age 60 and plan to contribute another $10,000 a year for 10 years. Is this enough.... More »
1. Set a goal If you’re serious about saving you need to set a goal so you know what you’re saving for. Whether it’s a trip to Japan you hope to take in a few months or saving for retirement, having a very specific goal will help you stay motivated and on track. 2. Track your dollars.... More »
Q: My income fluctuates quite widely from year to year. How do I plan for this and how do I handle the tax implications of such income swings? —David A: Yours is the challenge of many a commissioned salesperson or business owner, David. The thought of a stable salary and defined benefit pension.... More »
The two most common types of loans are secured and unsecured loans. Whether you’re looking to borrow money for a new car or even a vacation, it’s best to understand your options before applying.
What is a secured loan?
Secured loans are generally more customizable and negotiable. They can have either have a fixed or variable interest rate and can last for a set or variable amount of time.
You can likely borrow a lot more at a lower interest rate with a secured loan, because you are generally required to put up some form of collateral for approval. A common example of a secured loan is a mortgage, in which your home is the collateral. If you are unable to make your mortgage payments, your house can be taken away, in what’s known as foreclosure.
And though your credit history will be considered, your current credit score doesn’t bare as much weight in the approval process. Secured loans can still be a great option for those who are having a hard time getting a loan due to their poor credit rating…