How to go about securing the best savings strategy in Canada.
When it comes to debt management, many Canadians are struggling to keep up, with their housing situation being a source of stress. That was one of the key takeaways from the latest episode of CBC Television’s The Stats of Life, which focused on Canadian statistics surrounding savings (or lack.... 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 th.... More »
With the March 1 RRSP deadline just a few weeks away, many savers are no doubt asking themselves whether they should be putting money into this stalwart retirement account or if they should be investing in the decade-old tax-free savings account, or their Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), in.... More »
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Credit card rewards come in many forms. From points to statement credits to cold-hard cash, a good rewards card maximizes on your everyday purchases and ultimately helps you save. Reward credit cards generally offer different amounts of rebates for particular spending categories (gas, grocery, phar.... More »
Canadians are missing out on some major savings on merchandise, travel, and even chances to pay down their debt. And the answer to “why?” is right under their noses, or at least, right on their monthly bank statement.
According to a recent CIBC survey that reviewed if and how Canadians are using their credit and reward card points, one in five people didn’t know how many points they earned on their cards and 37 per cent rarely or never redeemed their points. When you factor in that, for about half of those surveyed (47 per cent), their primary credit card used for everyday purchases is a rewards card, that equals some major missed savings. While many Canadians that earn reward points say they’re as good as cash, 64 per cent also say they don’t think of them as a financial asset.
Canadians are missing out on a big opportunity with these cards, says Jamie Golombek, the managing director, Tax & Estate Planning, with CIBC Financial Planning and Advice. “It’s important to think of your points as any other asset, and use them to achieve a financial goal,” he said…