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From Todd Hirsch: The Owl - Building permits soften in March http://ow.ly/2X9jXq
Construction activity in Alberta is set to slow down in the coming months, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. In February, municipalities throughout the province issued building permits totalling just under $1.19 billion, the lowest level since October 2012.
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Is leasing a used vehicle a good idea? - Leasing a new vehicle usually makes more sense than leasing a used vehicle (Getty Images) “I’d like to lease a used vehicle for three years. It comes with a two-year or 40,000-km warranty. Is this a good idea?”—B. Young, Toronto The math is not likely to work out for you: The monthly payment for a used vehicle plus a complete warranty would add up to the same amount it would cost to lease a new vehicle, perhaps one with fewer ext... http://ow.ly/2X5wde
Run the numbers to find out if leasing a used vehicle makes sense
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Higher mortgage insurance premiums could hurt first-time buyers http://ow.ly/2X3RVf
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Get inspired to save for retirement - Here’s how Retire Rich, happening April 8 in Oakville, Ont., can set you on the path toward realizing your retirement dreams. But hurry! The deadline to register is Monday at 8 p.m. The post Get inspired to save for retirement appeared first on MoneySense. http://ow.ly/2X04bI
The motivation and tools you need are at Wednesday’s Retire Rich
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From Todd Hirsch: The Owl –  Canadian international trade finishes 2014 strong http://ow.ly/2WZjVq
Canada's total merchandise trade (exports plus imports) was $1.05 trillion in 2014, up from $966 billion in 2013. An increase in Canadian exports (+10.3 per cent) caused Canada's annual merchandise trade balance to shift from a deficit of $7.2 billion in 2013 to a surplus of $4.6 billion in 2014 ...
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When to invest in a syndicated mortgage - Pooling your money to buy into a syndicated mortgage is a risky investment (Getty Images/Arda Guldogan) Q: I’m a long-time Moneysense reader, and find your investment/financial advice and articles always very useful. I’m in my late 30′s, have an owner-occupied triplex, a cash reserve, and a good portfolio of ETF’s. I’m concerned about the potential overvaluation in the stock market these days, and am looking to diversify my inve... http://ow.ly/2WYvnJ
Syndicated mortgages offer returns of 8% or more, so who wouldn't be enticed? Problem is they can be risky investments. Knowing how they work is key.
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From Todd Hirsch: The Owl - Are oil prices showing some stability? http://ow.ly/2X69pv
Albertans were captivated by the enormous plunge in oil prices last fall. And while there is still a good deal of daily price volatility, prices seemed to have settled down a bit in 2015. The chart below shows three sets of oil prices. The red line is the most commonly quoted price: the West ...
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Can I sell a Canadian property and avoid capital gains tax? - Can you avoid paying capital gains tax when you sell an Ontario cottage? (Getty Images / Christian Aslund) Q: Is it possible to sell my Ontario cottage lot, buy a vacation property outside of Canada and not pay capital gains tax? I also own a home in Toronto. — Kevin A: Kevin the short answer is: No. You cannot sell your Ontario cottage lot and avoid capital gains tax. That’s because any land or property that... http://ow.ly/2X5rH6
Buying in a foreign country doesn’t exempt you from Canadian tax
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Live from Retire Rich 2015 - We’re live blogging from Retire Rich starting at 5:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (James Porter/Getty Images) Couldn’t get tickets to our Retire Rich 2015 event? You can still join Canada’s leading retirement-planning experts and MoneySense personalities including Duncan Hood, Bruce Sellery, Preet Banerjee and Dan Bortolotti for a must-attend evening of wealth-building insights and practical advice by following along right here. Yo... http://ow.ly/2X3BS1
Can’t make Wednesday’s event in person? Catch all the action right here
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Genworth follows CMHC, raises mortgage insurance premium - (mstay/Getty Images) TORONTO – Genworth Canada says it will be increasing the premium for some of its mortgage insurance, starting June 1, matching a move announced last week by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The rate wlll go up by 15 per cent for buyers who have a downpayment of 10 per cent or less. Mortgage insurance provides protection for lenders who provide money to home buyers and owners. » It’s getting... http://ow.ly/2WZUgh
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What to do if you’ve (just) been fired - Dismissed, downsized, dumped? There’s no easy way to hear you’re suddenly out of work. To soften the blow, we’ve pulled together six steps you can take right away to put more money in your pocket, and give yourself a better chance at finding a new job. DON’T SIGN ANYTHING At least not until you’ve taken your severance package home to read it properly. Check whether your ex-employer is offering salary continuance or a lump sum pay... http://ow.ly/2WYIAt
These six steps will put more money in your pocket and help you find a new job
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A safari to where the wild things are - (Robert Ginn/Getty) An African safari is one of life’s grandest adventures. To our grandparents’ generation such a trip was as likely as a trip to the moon, but today this journey is within reach of most travellers. Where you go depends on what you want to see. With a dozen countries to choose from, start by deciding whether you’d like to go to east Africa, (which includes Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), or southern Africa, (Zimbabwe... http://ow.ly/2WPgTj
Think an African safari is out of reach? Think again. You can mingle with elephants, lions and gorillas for as little as $300 a day
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