When Should I Take CPP? The Big Payoff if You Wait to Age 70

By Noel D’Souza, P.Eng, CFP®

When should I take CPP? The big payoff if you wait to age 70The Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is alive and well in Canada. It’s why we check our phones for emails and texts every minute, sign up for store sale notifications, and pile into speculative investments, driving them to baffling heights. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that decisions made out of fear are rarely good decisions.

But perhaps the most widespread and surprising example of FOMO is the age at which Canadians choose to start receiving retirement payments from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Continue reading

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A Better Way to Stay On Track with Your Money

By Noel D’Souza, P.Eng, CFP®

Do you feel like your money is just trickling out of a hole in your pocket, and you are not really sure where it’s all going or why there is nothing left at the end of each month? You’re in the right place!

If there is anything that we have taken to heart over the past year it is that our world can be turned upside down when we least expect it and in ways we could not have imagined.

We need to be financially prepared, and mindful spending and intentional saving are paramount.  Continue reading

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What You Need To Know About Filing Your 2020 Taxes

by Jenny Reimer, CFP®

What You Need To Know About Filing Your 2020 Taxes

The year of COVID-19 will be a memorable one. It changed many aspects of our lives, from the ways we work and shop to how we support each other. For many, filing your 2020 taxes will also look a little different this year. 

Here is what you need to pay special attention to if you have new income sources to declare, took advantage of COVID-19 government benefits, worked from home or have other expenses to claim due to the pandemic.

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How Should You Invest Your Extra Cash, is DIY Investing Right for You, What is the Best Investing Strategy for Retirement, and More

Karin Mizgala, CEO of Money Coaches Canada, and Daniel Evans, Advice-Only Financial Planner and Investment Coach, sat down recently to talk about choosing between the various investment options, investing strategies for retirement, and the impact from COVID-19.

In addition to how we live and work, the pandemic has had profound implications on how we manage our money and the financial decisions we make today. Karin and Daniel discuss the most common questions and concerns they hear from clients about investing right now. This is an excerpt from their conversation.

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Strategies for How to Budget for the New Normal

By Sheila WalkingtonCo-Founder and CFO of Money Coaches Canada 

Set clear life and financial goals, live within your means and save a percentage of your income for the future. While these budgeting and planning principles still apply, the financial landscape has changed – perhaps forever. COVID-19 has rocked our world and changed how we live, spend, and save. 

Strategies for how to budget in the new normalJanuary is typically a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year. Given the past year we have had, I am particularly excited to set my new year goals. It is something I do annually with both my husband and girlfriends.

This year, the annual “Girlfriends and Goals” event was via Zoom. Not ideal, but an unexpected bonus because girlfriends from afar could join in. This year, my friend from Bowen Island and my sister in Toronto were able to participate!

Although many of us are happy to see the end of 2020, the pandemic isn’t over. 2021 is still filled with uncertainty politically, economically and socially, which makes formulating a financial plan a little more challenging. 

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I’m Working Really Hard, But Not Getting Ahead. Five Misconceptions Keeping You Stuck

By Alison Stafford, CFP®

How often have you thought—I could get out of debt and save more for retirement, if only I made more money. It appears to make sense; that more money would be the answer to your financial worries. So it may surprise you, that debt often increases with higher income levels.

Stats Canada reported that households earning at least $100,000 had an average debt of $172,400. Compare that to households earning between $50,000 and $100,000, which had an average debt of $95,400. More income, more debt.

More recent data shows that in the second quarter of 2020, household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income fell from 175.4% to 158.2%, as household disposable income increased 10.8% and the stock of credit market debt remained relatively unchanged. In other words, there was $1.58 in credit market debt for every dollar of household disposable income.

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Posted in Budgeting and Cash Flow, Debt, Relationship to money

Our Top Tips for Navigating the New Financial Planning Reality

By Karin Mizgala, Co-Founder and CEO of Money Coaches Canada

Navigating Financial Planning

Navigating Financial Planning Realities. Family video calls have become the norm.

As we inch towards the end of the year, our team at Money Coaches Canada has been reflecting on the most talked about topics and conversations we’ve been having with our clients. The subject of a new reality when it comes to financial planning tipped the scales.

The ups and downs of our health and wellness, coupled with an economic rollercoaster, made this year a challenge in many unfamiliar ways. That said, we’re impressed by how so many of our clients and coaches were able to pivot, adjust, and adapt to the new circumstances and to use the last few months as a time of reflection and re-evaluation.

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Why Financial Literacy Isn’t Enough 

By Karin Mizgala, Co-Founder and CEO of Money Coaches Canada

November is financial literacy month, and this year is its 10th anniversary. Interesting timing with COVID-19 raging in our midst and financial well-being feels more precarious than ever before. 

There are some bright spots – many Canadians are spending less and saving more, interest rates are low, the stock market has been remarkably resilient, and there’s an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate our goals and priorities.  

As we navigate all the changes that we are experiencing, it is a good time to check in on our individual and collective financial well-being. What’s working, what isn’t? 

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Posted in Financial Literacy, Relationship to money