Investing your personal finances can feel overwhelming. To help, we’ve created a series of articles covering key topics to keep in mind, so you can plan successfully for your future.


When should I start collecting CPP and OAS?

While most people start collecting CPP and OAS payments at age 65, Canadians are able to receive payments as early as age 60 or as late as age 70.

July 15, 2019 6 Mins
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Wealth Planning Facts & Figures 2019

A summary of key tax, retirement, estate, and other financial planning information for 2019.

July 2, 2019
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How to donate securities to charity

Many people prefer to give securities over cash to their favourite foundations and non-profits. Here’s how it works.

June 20, 2019 6 Mins
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5 ways to trim your tax bill in retirement

You want to enjoy your retirement, not stress over hefty tax bills. Here’s how to help make sure income tax doesn’t impede your late-in-life plans.

June 20, 2019 4 Mins
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How to buy property in the United States

If you want to invest in a stateside property to escape Canadian winters, here’s what you need to know.

May 6, 2019 5 Mins
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Why you need a charitable giving plan (and how to create one)

Most of us give to charity by cheques, but that may not make for good long-term giving. A giving plan can help.

April 16, 2019 5 Mins
Elder care

The real cost of elder care

Many Canadians will, at some point, have to take care of an aging parent. Here’s what you might have to spend.

March 26, 2019 4 Mins

7 things you need to know about RRSPs

People know they need to put money in their RRSPs, but how much do they really know about them?

March 25, 2019 5 Mins
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Are you saving enough for retirement?

One of the most difficult parts of financial planning is knowing just what you’ll need in your golden years. Fortunately, there are some ways to determine if you’re on the right track.

March 22, 2019 5 Mins
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Emotion can be the enemy of investing

That hot stock is catching your eye, but a slow and steady investing strategy may ultimately win the race.

December 15, 2017 6 Mins
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How much will you really need to retire?

Arriving at that ideal number for your retirement is more than just deciding on a large number with many zeros. It takes an understanding of factors that can affect the spending power of your retirement income.

December 15, 2017 5 Mins
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Diversification: why your portfolio needs it

There’s an old saying that goes, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.

December 13, 2017 5 Mins
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How to pay less tax when you sell your cottage

You may have to pay capital gains tax on the sale of a second home. Here’s how you can keep more of that money in your pocket.

June 15, 2020 5 Mins
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How beneficiaries really work

It can be a good idea to name a beneficiary on your registered accounts, instead of just in a will.

May 26, 2020 5 Mins
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What to do with your tax refund

Getting money back from your taxes? Plan now for what to do with those funds.

May 26, 2020 4 Mins
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How compound investing works

It’s one of the most important financial concepts to understand and leverage to reach your financial goals.

April 27, 2020 4 Mins
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Useful investments for short-term savings

People don’t just have long-term goals. It's important to save properly for your immediate needs, too.

April 26, 2020 5 Mins
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How to set your investment goals

Setting objectives and creating a plan is easier said than done. Here’s how to get started.

March 27, 2020 4 Mins
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Six ways to prepare for tax time

Although the Canadian government has extended the tax filing deadline for 2020 to June 1st, planning ahead goes for any year too, even when the deadline is usually April 30th.

March 20, 2020 5 Mins
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When should you hold on to cash in your portfolio?

Generally, keeping money in cash or low-yielding investments can hurt your portfolio. There are some situations, though, where cash comes in handy.

February 14, 2020 5 Mins

LIRA: The retirement account you’ve (probably) never heard of

Most Canadians aren’t familiar with the locked-in retirement account, but they should be.

February 12, 2020 6 Mins
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4 Myths about RRIFs

Most Canadian savers will need to open a registered retirement income fund by the time they turn 71, yet many aren’t as familiar with the account as they should be.

January 28, 2020 5 Mins
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Beat the deadline: How to get more out of RRSP contributions

Many people put cash into an RRSP right before the deadline, but there may be better ways to invest.

January 21, 2020 4 Mins
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TFSA & RRSP Contributions: What you need to know

Key information about contribution amounts, deadlines, and ways to contribute.

January 20, 2020 3 Mins

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