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Why maximizing your RRSP contribution simply isn’t enough

Today is the RRSP deadline, so did you max out your contribution room?<p>If so, congratulations, you’re already doing far better than the 40 per cent of …

Trump effect shakes CPPIB’s investment results

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board reported a decline in Canada Pension Plan assets to $298.1-billion in its third fiscal quarter, as a major drop in North American bond markets hampered investment results.<p>While CPPIB's chief executive officer Mark Machin predicted that Donald Trump would …

Business (Canada)
Renewable Energy

Tax time 2016: New for filing this year

Liberal government has promised changes to tax regime, especially around families with kids<p>There has been a lot of talk about changes to Canada's …

Top 5 Mistakes of Mortgage Shoppers

Mortgage shopping can be an overwhelming experience for first-time homebuyers, and is not a walk in the park even for the experienced buyer. As you go through the mortgage shopping process, consider these top five errors that can trip up any homebuyer:<p><b>1. Not Paying Attention to Your Credit Rating –</b> …

Carrick best reads: This is when mortgage rates will rise

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>This is when mortgage rates will rise</b><br>After reading the latest comments on the economy from the Bank of Canada, a mortgage broker writes here about his view that …

Personal Finance

Mad about your mortgage? Twitter is your best friend

They're watching you. They know when you express frustration about your mortgage. They know when you compliment or complain about them on Twitter and Facebook.<p>They're your bank and they're on top of social media like you wouldn't believe.<p>I realized that for the first time after witnessing this …

Social Media

How mortgage fraud is thriving in Canada's hot housing market

In early 2013, Kelly Vandenham and her boyfriend were preparing to put an offer on a charming Craftsman-style house in West Kelowna, B.C. They had been preapproved for a mortgage with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, but the couple's realtor suggested they could get a lower interest rate at …

What Is a Mortgage Broker, and Should You Use One?

A mortgage broker can make your mortgage search much easier, but is it really necessary?<p>If you're thinking of buying a home in the near future, …

Real Estate

6 Things to Consider Before Paying Off a Mortgage Early

<i>By Kristin McFarland</i><br>Living debt-free sounds great, and depending on where you are in life it may actually be attainable. But even if you can pay off …

Personal Finance

What to pay off first: mortgage or line of credit?

<b>Q:</b> We are currently in position to either pay down our lines of credit or pay down our mortgage. We recently sold one property and renovated and …

Where a 15-Year Mortgage Beats a 30-Year One

A 15-year mortgage is a tough call for households in hot housing markets.<p>Homebuyers who haven’t seen an interest rate increase in nearly 10 years, …

Real Estate

Mortgages boom as interest rates fall to record lows

Buyers and remortgagers kept borrowing apace despite December's traditional reputation as a quiet month<p>Mortgage lending boomed through to the end of 2015, barely slowing down even in the traditionally quieter month of December, the Bank of England has said.<p>Banks and building societies lent £18bn in …

Economics

How we became mortgage free in five years

THE SECRET IS…THERE IS NO SECRET!<p><i>Becoming mortgage free is not an easy task so I won’t make it out to be something that it’s not.</i><p>In fact many things …