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How to attract financing for your business idea

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC) If you have ambitions of leaving your current career behind to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll likely need some help funding your next move. To get investors on your side and show them you mean business, follow these steps: Create a business plan. You have an amazing idea, but to turn it into something more, you’ll need to do your research and ...

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Tax changes set to affect new families, small businesses and more

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC) The 2018 federal budget outlined many changes that will impact taxes this year, and Canadians need to be aware of how these updates will affect their tax return. “The changes will be positive for the average person, with parental benefit sharing extended, additional medical expenses allowed for claims and incentives for carbon reduction,” explains Lisa Gittens, H&R Block ...

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An RRSP isn’t the only option to save your money

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC) As we approach March 1, you may be feeling the pressure to maximize your contribution to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan – but that isn’t your only option to save for the future. Sometimes, it may be worth investing in other options like a Tax-Free Savings Account. Choosing the best tool for saving can be difficult, and while both a TFSA and an RRSP will help you reac ...

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Rethinking retirement for freelancers

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC)Trying to plan ahead and staying on top of financial obligations may be hard. It can be even harder when you're one of a growing number of Canadians who have joined the “flexforce,” a group that includes gig workers, job jumpers and postponed professionals whose untraditional and sometimes unpredictable employment status make it difficult to feel financially secure. A recent T ...

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Doing your taxes is now easier than ever

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC) Life can be complicated but doing your taxes shouldn’t be. Whether this is your first time filing a return or your circumstances have recently changed, there is information and free help available to put your mind at ease. Here’s what you need to know for this year. Not sure if you need to do your taxes? Even if you didn’t have any income in 2018 or your income is tax ...

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How to get your millennial kids out of the house

Posted on 24 January 2019

(NC) Modern pressures like a tough economy and competitive housing market mean young people are staying in the nest longer than before. But contrary to popular stereotypes, most aren’t lazy or taking advantage of their parents – they’re just having trouble achieving the financial independence they crave. Over a third of Canadians ages 20 to 34 live with their parents, according to Statistic ...

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5 Reasons to Self-Publish with Agora Publishing Toronto

Posted on 29 December 2018

In truth, there are thousands of writers in Toronto and south-of-the-border to America who wish to self-publish their old manuscript but do not know how. The first question that comes to mind in this scenario is usually which self-publish service should I use? A lot of writers are easily swayed to CreateSpace.com because of its popularity but is it actually the best?
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How to teach your children about money

Posted on 21 December 2018

(NC) The holidays are a perfect time of year to teach children about money. Whether you take them gift shopping or they receive money as a present, children of any age can benefit from learning money management skills. “Financial literacy is an essential life skill, just like reading and writing.” explains Jane Rooney, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader. When children ...

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3 charitable holiday ideas for you and the family

Posted on 21 December 2018

(NC) The holidays are a magical time, especially for children. Whether your family decorates the Christmas tree, lights the Kwanzaa kinara or plays the dreidel game for Hanukah (or all the above), it’s easy for any little one to get swept up in the joy of gifts and traditional food. As parents and guardians, we can also forget the fuller meaning of the holidays as we bury ourselves in ...

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How to avoid financial stress during the holiday season

Posted on 21 December 2018

(NC) The holidays are  usually very expensive. This is when social events, gift purchases and travel get added to our already existing expenses. According to a recent study by the financial consulting firm PwC, Canadians are on track to spend an average of $1,563 in 2018  during this period, 3.7 per cent more than last year. Even if you find great deals, credit card interes ...