Finance & Insurance

58 articles

Your Guide to Stress-Free Donating

By News Canada on Nov 1, 2012

Giving to charity can be overwhelming at times. Your heart may be in the right place, but if you don't understand donation terminology, you may be less inclined to take action. Here are some guidelines for this year's gift giving season. Read more...

How to keep your business plan fresh

By News Canada on Apr 10, 2012

If your business plan has been collecting dust since you launched, it's likely time to refresh. Updating your business plan on a regular basis is critical for any business to stay relevant and be successful in the future. Read more...

A Lifetime Approach to Better Fiscal Fitness

By Maja Begovic on Jan 12, 2012

To stay on the right track for each decade of your life, you need to stop moving your money problem around - raiding one pot to pay a debt in another pot. Start by stashing away your credit cards and live within your means all 31 days of this month. Read more...

Budgeting for the Financially Challenged

By News Canada on Aug 31, 2011

Mention the word "budget" to some people and you'll likely be met with cringes and winces, the kind usually seen from dentists' chairs. It's not very surprising because the perception about making a budget is that it requires us to think carefully about how and where we spend our money. And most of the time we have no idea. While it takes discipline to plan and implement a good budget, it doesn't have to be rocket science. We asked Jean-Rémy Deschênes, business coordinator in the Wealth Management department at Desjardins Group, for advice on how to create an effective plan. Read more...

Financing Your Retirement

By George Zador on Aug 2, 2011

When I retired 10 years ago, like most people, I calculated the cost of living on the basis of 60-70 per cent pre-retirement income, a foundation still used today. It wasn’t too long before reality surfaced - nothing drastic, just “things” that were never given a heading in the old budget. Read more...

The Top 5 Things to Think About when Considering Your Will

By BC Children's Hospital Foundation on Jun 8, 2011

Approximately 60% of British Columbians die each year without a will. This means that for those individuals, provincial legislation, and potentially the Public Guardian and Trustee, decides who is in charge of your assets, who gets what and who will take the responsibility of caring for your children. Dying without a will also means that your philanthropic intentions cannot be fulfilled. Read more...

Practical Lessons for Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur or have spent time around them, you will have come to realize there are some fundamental practices that entrepreneurs tend to hold in common. In the midst of being busy, we can forget some of the fundamentals that help make a business successful. Here's some practical advice garnered from a variety of sources. Read more...

The Cost of Dying

By William R. Walters on Nov 1, 2010

In life, there is no free lunch. Unfortunately, this principle applies to death as well. The most immediate and obvious cost of dying is the funeral or other arrangements relating to the disposal of the deceased's body. While this can run to many thousands of dollars, it pales by comparison with the two main financial burdens of dying: probate fees and taxation. Read more...

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