The beginning of the year is typically tough financially for most of us. Holiday bill payments, RRSP contributions, property tax bills, etc. And, if you’re self-employed, you probably have to make some sort of business tax or corporate tax payment. If December is the Holiday Season, then January and February feel like a hangover!
Banks and credit card companies love this time of year because this is when we’re most likely to carry a balance, forcing us to pay those crazy interest rates that range from 9% to 24%.
But, wait! Before you get too depressed, there may be a better option. There’s a less expensive way to manage your debt.
Continue reading “Debt Consolidation Tip: Pay less interest!”
A couple in their 30s contacts me for a mortgage. They want to buy a new home. She’s a high school teacher and he’s a computer firm manager. Incomes are good. I check their credit.
Let’s stop here for a minute… If they have good credit, an approval is simple and we can provide the clients with several mortgage options.
But let’s assume that this couple ran into some debt and credit issues three years ago… and they made three different choices about how to resolve those credit problems: 1) Credit Counselling; 2) Consumer Proposal; or 3) Bankruptcy. I want to take you through each scenario and show you how long each of these three options affects your ability to finance a home. I bet the results will surprise you! Continue reading “Credit counselling, Consumer proposal or Bankruptcy… Which option is most favourable?”
Debt. It’s a popular topic. Personal debt. Govt debt. Corporate debt. Back in 2013, I published an article comparing Canada’s debt with the rest of the world. Back then, like today, there was so much negative news being written about our so-called high personal debt level. I thought I’d turn the tables on the govt and see how they were doing.
Here we are, 2018 and five years later. We’re supposedly experiencing fantastic economic times. Lowest unemployment in 40 years according to the Dec 2017 job report. Things are so good that we can increase minimum wage by over 30% in Ontario and other Provinces. We must really be doing great, right? Scorecard time…
The logical conclusion, or the simple math equation is with GOOD TIMES OR A STRONG PROSPEROUS ECONOMY = LOWER NATIONAL DEBT…. Consumers are expected to lower their personal debt levels. Isn’t the govt supposed to lower or work on eliminating our national debt? One would think so. Let’s find out… Continue reading “World Debt clock comparison… How’s Canada doing compared with the world?”
ONLY IN CANADA
Attention: Bankers, close your ears.. we don’t want you to hear this. Credit card balances, lines of credit, car loan, student loan, home reno loan, personal loan.. If you have one or more of these and you own a home, you’re probably losing money by paying a higher interest rate. In many cases, $thousands are lost and overpaid each year. And your Banker is laughing and recording Record profits!!
It’s surprising how many of us have some, or all of these debts… and ALSO a house with lots of equity. Yet, as Canadians, we somehow think it’s better to separate our mortgage from other debts. We somehow think it’s good to pay down our mortgage but then rack up other debts. This attitude has puzzled me for years.
check out this chart for one client.. tell me if this looks familiar: Continue reading “Debt diversification vs Debt consolidation…who wins?”
We’re well into January… and right about now, some of us are avoiding the mail for fear of seeing those holiday bills! Ok, so besides avoiding the mail, what’s the best way to tackle those debts?
Here’s some helpful ‘did you know’ questions… Enjoy! Continue reading “Credit Card hangover? Make 2016 a painless year….”