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For the first-time RRSP investor, it can be a challenge to understand how RRSPs can save you money. Contributions to your RRSP reduce your immediate tax burden, but you do pay tax on withdrawals. While it’s true that RRSPs may be more properly understood as a vehicle for tax deferment instead.... More »
My mother passed away three days after her 66th birthday, leaving me with an inheritance I never expected. Until two years ago, I assumed she would live into her 80s. But she had a terminal illness that progressed significantly in the final months of her life. Her care costs were minimal. We had gre.... More »
It seems like Fall is just getting started. But it’s already time to start thinking about the holidays — especially if you want to save money. Often, a little foresight and planning can reduce your spending. These are some tips to get you started on the way to a January free of holiday.... More »
For older Canadians afraid of having their savings wiped out in a market downturn, segregated funds could be an effective option, writes Gordon Pape..... 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 »
How do you find the best Guaranteed Investment Certificate rates? What even is a GIC anyway? Maybe a financial planner or someone at your bank told you to take a look at GICs as a way to save more money. But not everyone knows what a GIC is, how it accrues interest or how to shop for the best GIC interest rates. After sorting that out, you can look at the different types of GICs that are available for short-term and long-term investing. That way you can make a sound investment and have more confidence when you set up your new GIC account.
What is a GIC?
A guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) is a safe way for Canadians to invest money. While stock market investments have their fair share of risks, GIC’s don’t. They promise a return on your investment based on the interest rate you lock-in.
A GIC is similar to a savings account. You save a specific amount of money over a set term with an interest rate that’s locked in for that particular term. When the term ends, you will get all your original money back plus the interest that is accrued…