Canadian Mortgage Trends reports that CMHC is approaching its limit on mortgage default insurance and takes in in-depth look at what this could mean for the industry and borrowers.
Where Does All My Money Go? provides further analysis of the impacts of the CMHC reaching its limit.
Boomer and Echo have some clear thinking on health and dental “insurance”.
The Blunt Bean Counter explains the rules and pitfalls with claiming automobile expenses on your taxes. I tried keeping a log book for a while. What a pain! The tax savings would have to be quite substantial to get me to try this again.
My Own Advisor turns a financial goal into a dragon-slaying quest. More people need this sense of urgency in tackling debt.
Larry Swedroe looks at the history of home real estate as an investment.
Larry MacDonald describes Daryl Diamond’s “cash wedge” strategy for buying low and selling high while living off your savings in retirement.
Canadian Capitalist says that very detailed retirement planning should wait until you’re 20 years or less from retirement. I agree as long as young people don’t use this as an excuse to build debt and avoid saving.
Rob Carrick thinks that lines of credit should come with warning labels because they are threatening our retirements. I suspect that many people at middle age now are destined to work until age 70.
Canadian Couch Potato evaluates market forecasters.
Wealthy Boomer quotes a BMO Retirement Institute report saying that “younger Canadian job-seekers should be looking for employers that offer traditional Defined Benefit pension plans.” A problem with this strategy is that expecting to spend you whole career with one employer is unrealistic. Finding an employer with a DB pension is not enough. You need to have the right to carry your pension value to a new employer who has a DB pension plan without losing too much service credit. Good luck with that.
Retire Happy Blog wades into the debate about changes to Old Age Security.
Big Cajun Man has to revisit his equation for deciding whether to take the bus or drive to work.
Million Dollar Journey gives us some insight into his conservative approach to computing his net worth. For example, he does not include RESPs because he thinks of them as his children’s money.
Financial Highway lists 6 things that most people don’t know about a home equity line of credit (HELOC). I only knew 4 of the 6.