Starting Out

Intro to Retirement Planning for Millennials

For most millennials, retirement seems like it’s ages away; a future you problem. The cards might seem to be stacked against us: the number of Defined Benefit pension plans are falling, we’re living longer, student debt levels are rising, and house prices are massive compared to our incomes. I break down the basic concepts of retirement planning in this video to help you get started.

Personal Wealth

Should GICs Replace Bonds in a Portfolio?

Should GICs Replace Bonds in a Portfolio? To answer this question, we first need to understand the difference between a bond fund’s yield to maturity and the interest rate on a GIC. We then need to understand the relative tax efficiency of GICs compared to bond funds, and how it may impact after-tax returns.

Personal Wealth

What Is a Mutual Fund?

Of course, there are other kinds of structures that work in a similar fashion, by pooling your money with other people’s investments and delivering a fair share of the earnings or losses to you. But there are a few significant advantages to mutual funds in particular. Most folks aren’t aware of them, even though they can be pretty important.

Personal Wealth

Critical Illness Insurance

What would happen to you if you were diagnosed with cancer, had a stroke, or suffered from another critical illness? In Canada, we’re fortunate to have universal healthcare. However, our healthcare system won’t cover all the costs of having a critical illness, which is where Critical Illness Insurance comes into play.

Personal Wealth

How To Advocate for Your Own Best Mortgage

Do you have a mortgage on your home, or have you been thinking about getting one? Given how quickly many lenders dive straight into the weeds – interest rates, pre-approval processes, lending policies, etc. – it may feel as if something’s missing. Like, which, if any, is the best mortgage for your particular needs?

Personal Wealth

I Tracked All My Taxes for a Year

According to the Fraser Institute, Canadians pay about 43% of their income in taxes. To test their tax estimate against my own situation, I tracked all the various taxes I paid throughout the year. I reveal how much I paid, and how I stack up against the Fraser Institute’s estimates.