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Much-needed help with family finances

Keep a few basic principles in mind At times, the world of money, money management, and investing can seem a mysterious, possibly perilous, place. Do you really need to know about the yield curve and central bank policy before making an investment? Will your...


Are your bank deposits protected?

U.S., European bank failures raise anxiety level Are your bank deposits safe? Will deposit insurance protect you if a Canadian bank runs into trouble? It’s a question many people are asking, given the recent run of high-profile bank failures in the U.S. and...


How to avoid becoming a victim of fraud

Blocking investment, phishing, and service scams March is fraud prevention month in Canada. That may elicit big yawns in most people – except when you yourself become a victim of a con. Fraud is a major criminal enterprise in Canada, and has only become more...


Hearts and flowers and money

Getting serious? Get serious about money too Couples getting seriously romantic on Valentine’s Day often take that first step to tying the knot. Congratulations! But before things get too far advanced, it might be an idea to have another kind of heart to heart –...


Financing tips for first-time home buyers

Home Buyer’s Plan, mortgages, new home savings plan Every first-time home buyer is faced with the challenge of financing their purchase. This comes with two elements: the down payment; and the mortgage.  How can you scrape together a down payment? Saving like...


What you need to know about RRSPs

How much you can contribute, what investments you can hold For most Canadians, a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is still the single best way to grow a retirement nest-egg while deferring taxes. In fact, it is such a powerful retirement savings vehicle...


How to get your portfolio back on track

This 5-point annual review can reveal weak spots Your investment portfolio is the cornerstone of your wealth accumulation plan over the long term. Whether your investments are in non-registered trading accounts or in tax-sheltered plans like RRSPs and TFSAs, you...


Robyn on The Social: Beat the debt trap

Post-holiday debt blues got you down? Robyn recently joined hosts Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui on CTV’s The Social with some tips on the psychology of debt and how to break the credit card...


Ten-point plan for financial fitness

Give your personal finances a workout Will there be a recession? Will inflation keep eroding our purchasing power? Will stock markets recover? Will rates keep climbing. We can make educated guesses, but the reality is that no one knows for sure. As individual...


Resolve to overcome three financial mental blocks

Your attitude to money may be holding you back Let’s face it. Money is stressful, and especially so at the beginning of the New Year, right after the holiday spending binge. Spending, saving, investing, statements, bills, budgets – for many, maybe most, people, it...


The seven sins of financial planning

How to stay virtuous and grow your wealth in 2023 The holiday season always seems to be a time of excess. Excessive eating, drinking, partying…and spending. For many people, it’s a time when the bonds of financial inhibition are loosened. Trouble is, the financial...

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