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Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Movin’ on up: Couple eye bigger home, a solid retirement foundation

After working out of the country for a year, Edgar and Abby are ready to set down roots. He’s self-employed, bringing in anywhere from $120,000 to $200,000 a year. She works in communications, earning roughly $90,000 a year. He is 41, she is 34. They have a toddler and hope to have another child or […]

Couple in 50s dreams of a holiday home in the sun – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Lana and Zack’s story is an increasingly familiar one: people in their 50s with well paid but stressful jobs who can barely wait to leave the work force. He is 51, she is 50. They own their house outright and have no debt. “We are eagerly working toward what we hope will be early retirement,” […]

Money-losing rental and layoff put retirement at risk for couple in their 50s

Situation: Layoff and inability to find a new job plus a money-losing rental property jeopardize couple’s retirement Strategy: Either get a new job to subsidize the rental or sell it to balance budget. Tidy up cluttered investment portfolio to reduce fees and duplicaton At their ages of 55 and 51, Dan and Martha, have hit a series […]

What to look for on your 2013 income tax return – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

What to look for on your 2013 income tax return It’s another good year for do-it-yourself tax filers. There aren’t too many tax changes and one really lucrative new tax credit. There aren’t too many personal tax changes on this year’s tax return, but make sure you maximize credits and deductions. By: Evelyn Jacks Special to The […]

Three things to do with your money besides an RRSP – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

With the March 3 RRSP deadline fast approaching, you may be wondering whether you should join the herd and make that RRSP contribution in time to be able to claim the deduction on your 2013 tax return. Whether or not you decide to contribute to an RRSP this year depends on a number of factors, […]

TFSA or RRSP? Here’s how to decide – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

NOREEN RASBACH-  The Globe and Mail Kuly Gill is every financial planner’s dream. The Calgary lawyer, in his 30s, owns a house, drives an older car and forgoes some annual vacations to save more for retirement. “I live cheap and put everything away,” he says. His investment strategy is simple: Contribute the full amount allowed […]

For young people, debt might come before RRSPs – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Resolving to “get healthy” is a decent plan. However, setting a goal of biking to work and cutting out your afternoon peppermint mocha and chocolate cookie is an even more effective plan. How to practice ‘sustainable spending’ in retirement so you don’t run out of money Congrats! You’ve grown your nest egg to a size […]

Is using your RRSP to buy a house passé? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

The $25,000 Ottawa allows you take out of your retirement fund to buy your first home sure doesn’t go as far as it used to. Under the home buyers’ plan, Canadians can take $25,000 out of their registered retirement savings plan and pay it back over the next 15 years without incurring any penalty. For […]

Canadians saving more, but are they making the most of their savings? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Recent data indicate that Canadians are saving more. Statistics Canada reports that the Household Savings Rate is currently 5.4%, a 0.4% increase from the previous year. Likewise, a recent BMO Bank of Montreal study found that 48% of Canadians are now investing in Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), a 23% increase from 2012. It’s good that […]

10 things you should know about TFSAs – Ask Adil Virani, Vancouver Mortgage Broker

While many Canadians are focused on the looming RRSP deadline and maximizing contributions, it’s important that they don’t lose sight of an important alternative investment, a tax-free savings account. A major benefit of TFSAs is that money invested in them can grow tax free-for life, says Ahmad Dajani, vice-president of investments, guaranteed investment certificates and […]

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