In this week’s video clip, tax expert Tim Cestnick talks about the good news about personal income taxes in the recent past: decreasing tax rates, pension income splitting and of course, the introduction of the TFSA.
- With bond yields heading up, the big banks decided to rise the interest rates on fixed rate mortgages this week. TD, for instance, boosted 5-year fixed rate mortgages by 0.25% (as did RBC, BMO and CIBC). If your mortgage is up for renewal consider locking in a lower rate still available through many mortgage brokers.
- The Task Force on Financial Literacy put out its report this week and independent observers are not very pleased with the initiative. Ellen Roseman writes in The Star that involving financial institutions in financial literacy initiatives is a bit like having the fox guard the hen house. Rob Carrick of The Globe and Mail commented that Canadians can become more savvier with money with better disclosure of fees, rates and fine print.
- The proposed “merger” of the TSX with LSE was also in the news this week. David Olive of The Star says that the deal is unlikely to happen.
- In a series of posts, Sustainable PF explains how she saved $9,300 by purchasing a 2011 Subaru Outback south of the border.
- A Canadian Money Forum member is very happy with cellphone plans from new entrant Mobilicity provided you are satisfied with the limited coverage.
- Michael James offers a reasonable explanation of why those who chose to save for their retirement in a RRSP grumble about paying taxes when the time comes to withdraw from it.
- The T-slips have just started rolling in. Money Smarts Blog offers an useful tip for Ontario residents: don’t forget to claim the Ontario Children’s Activity Tax Credit for the 2010 tax year.
- TFSA or RRSP? Jim Yih says do both if you can. If you can’t he offers some thumb rules on where to save.
- Larry MacDonald sees aggressive mandatory RRIF withdrawal rules as a valid reason for disenchantment with RRSPs. There may be some legitimate complaints here but we shouldn’t throw th RRSP baby out with the RRIF withdrawal rate bathwater.
- With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, Canadian Financial Stuff offers a humorous take on some of the ways to express your love and the financial ramifications.
- Preet Banerjee says that a person who drives responsibly and pays attention to routine maintenance is going to come out ahead if they buy a car instead of leasing.
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