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Can you really afford that mortgage? Know your Real Life Ratio

Someone ought to explain the facts of life to the nation's bankers.<p>They're handing out mortgages to people without any apparent understanding that today's home-buying couple is tomorrow's family of three or four. A lot happens to one's ability to afford mortgage payments when kids come along, but …

Bookmark this: Rob Carrick’s nine favourite investing websites

The Bank of Canada bond yield database<p>Bond yields haven’t always been as low as they are today. When I need to document this, I head to the historical bond yield and interest rate database on the Bank of Canada website. You can find daily, weekly or monthly data for long, medium- and short-term …

Old Age Security: Better to wait or take it now? | The Star

As of last July, Canadians turning 65 — and thus eligible for Old Age Security payments — can choose to defer the money for up to five years.<p>If you …

Tax planning can be a powerful tool for wealthy families

Here's a tool most people don't think of when drawing up a financial plan: taxes.<p>But consider this: Buy a GIC in a non-registered account and the interest will be taxed as income, the highest tax rate. Buy a stock that pays dividends and those dividends will be taxed at a much lower rate, from …

Carrick on money: How to tell where mortgage rates are going

<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>How to tell where mortgage rates are going</b><br>Read here about the key interest rate to watch if you want to know where mortgage rates are headed. It's suggested here …