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August 16, 2018

Forgiving Dumb Financial Choices

If I asked you to make a list of the dumb things you’ve done with money, would it be a two-liner or would you be reaching […]
August 2, 2018
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Unexpressed rage and a financial conundrum: What Vanessa heard at Starbucks

Every once in a while, I get an email from a reader that makes me choke on my cup of tea. Today’s noteworthy moment came courtesy […]
July 25, 2018

Rethinking Emergency Funds

Does an Emergency Fund serve you well or give you the illusion of security? It depends. There seems to be a generally-accepted rule that having an […]
July 18, 2018
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Allowing Yourself to Learn About Investing

They looked like deer in headlights. After delivering the last of the content for the two-hour Women’s Money Group meet-up on investing basics, I actually said, […]
July 11, 2018
Until Debt Tear Us Apart

Minimizing Exposure and Financial Risk During Separation

Emily* is concerned. She is preparing to leave an abusive marriage and she’s worried that when she leaves, her husband will try to sabotage her financially […]
June 13, 2018
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TFSAs and RRSPs Are Not Investments

If you open a TFSA and put some money in there, is it invested? Is the money you put into that account guaranteed to grow? Can […]
May 28, 2018
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How To Get Your Credit Score For Free – And What The Catch Is

A venture capitalist, doubling as a professor during a week of mini university for high school students, told my daughter the following: When you get something […]
May 23, 2018
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Financial Lessons From a Taxi Driver

I don’t know what it is about me and taxi drivers. Whenever I’m in a car alone with them – something that happens infrequently – they […]
May 16, 2018
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Two Words for Women: Be Bold (A Rant)

Warning: Bold language ahead. Proceed at own risk. When I was in Grade 12, I was obliged to have a meeting with our school’s guidance counsellor […]
May 8, 2018

When It Makes Sense To Rent a Home Instead of Buying

When I published my last blog post on the fact that it does not always make sense to keep the matrimonial home in a divorce, I […]
April 10, 2018
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Not All Dollars are Equal in Divorce Settlements

Tim and Connie decided to call it quits after more than a decade of marriage. There wasn’t a big crisis; it’s just that they grew apart. […]
April 3, 2018
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Paying Off Debt: An Effective Budgeting Approach

If a woman is trying to pay off debt, should she let the cleaning lady go? Is that a superfluous cost? What about expensive hockey team […]