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September 12, 2018
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How much is financial neglect costing you?

Anna* was surprised by what she found when she started digging into the less obvious details of her finances. Anna is a professional who works with […]
September 7, 2018

Investing: On Ownership, Volatility, and Teenagers

Welcome to Part Two of Investing’s Two Basic Options. In my previous blog post, I looked at the first option in investing: lending money. Today, let’s tackle […]
August 31, 2018

Investing Boils Down to Two Basic Options

When I stepped out of the house at 6 am today, I gasped. It was 13 degrees!! (In American-speak, that’s 55 degrees.) The day before, it […]
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 […]