Is Downsizing Right for You?
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Is Downsizing Right for You?
While post-secondary students often aren’t certain about the career path they want to take, many know they want to attend a particular college or university and that a Canada Student Loan can help fund their education. Being accepted for admission into a program of choice isn’t easy but getting a Canada Student Loan the first time is through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The general requirements for eligibility entail being a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or designated as a protected person, meeting the full-time or part-time enrolment requirements at an approved school, demonstrating financial need and passing a credit check if you are 22 or older. Getting a student loan the first time easily makes higher education accessible. The question is how to manage the repayment costs. Various suggestions are provided here.
Do you hyperventilate when you open your mailbox and find bills? Is your bank statement something you dread looking at? Are your finances spinning out of control? Due to habits and lifestyles, it’s often quite difficult to acknowledge or escape the dark cloud of debt.
Mortgages, investment loans, and student loans are viewed by many as “good debt.” These debts have historically had positive returns associated with them, as they build your wealth, which then helps to improve your lifestyle. There is never a guarantee, however, that history repeats itself. There are many pitfalls with these debts that we commonly overlook because of the prospect of favourable returns. This was The Globe and Mail’s finding on May 10, 2015, in “There’s No Such Thing As Good Debt.”
After many years of tackling high-deficit spending, federal and provincial governments are dealing with hundreds of billions of accumulated government debt. Since the 2008 recession, the national debt has increased $150 billion and the provinces added a further $217 billion, reported in the Globe and Mail on May 12, 2015.
Living with debt can become a way of life—if you’re not careful.
Think of debt like a hurricane. At first, you know you’re in trouble, and you try to weather the storm, doing whatever necessary to survive. When you go numb to the effects of debt, it’s like walking into the eye of the storm. Everything is calm, and you think you’re okay. But in reality, you’re right in the thick of it, and more trouble is coming.
Toronto Trustees Encourage Debt Solutions by Highlighting the Importance of Financial Literacy for Canada’s Youth
In Canada, most young people are not getting the financial literacy training they need. They are ill-equipped to make their way in the modern financial world. Yet, everyone needs to learn how to make effective decisions about money most places they go and on a daily basis. Throughout life, we all need to learn how to earn, save, invest, spend, borrow, give, lend and generally manage money. Learning economic principles will help our youth make better personal financial decisions and help them as citizens understand and make better choices about critical issues facing the nation.
Toronto Bankruptcy Trustees Discuss Car Leasing Not Necessarily Cheaper than Financing
For many consumers, deciding whether to lease or finance a vehicle depends on a number of personal and financial factors. Both methods enable you to acquire a vehicle for a period, with car leasing requiring less payment upfront. Leasing allows you to use the vehicle for a contracted period of time in accordance with certain stipulations, while financing allows you to put payments towards the principal of the vehicle, in order to ultimately own it. Lease payments are often significantly lower per month than financing payments, but you should be extremely cautious about the long-term effects of a lease before deciding to sign the contract.
Most Canadian high school students are unaware how to manage their money and finances. This is concerning given that the collective amount of debt in Canada is already over $1.5 trillion. Parents are often unable to set good examples, as demonstrated by growing consumer debt across the country, and they are also not teaching teens financial skills that will benefit them as they become more independent.
How to Hold the Most Successful Garage Sale on the Block
After rent, groceries, gasoline, and a quick trip to the movies, you discover that you have little more than nothing in your bank account. You need a little extra cash, but you have a lot of extra stuff, so the solution’s simple. You need to hold a garage sale.
Vacationing on a Budget
(Summer is Just Around the Corner!)
For people with budget constraints, a full-blown vacation is probably out of reach. Luckily, Toronto residents have the option to take shorter vacations on weekends and day trips. Use these vacation ideas below to relieve the drudgery of everyday life without breaking the bank.
Any savvy corporation wants to make more money than it spends. However, the reality is that the business world is extremely competitive, profit margins in almost every traditional business are at an all-time low and it's an ongoing struggle to keep corporate expenses under control.
Few drivers review their automobile insurance policy annually to ensure they are getting a competitive rate. It takes some extra time, but reading up on insurance and getting a competitive quote at renewal time may help you save money easily. Some ideas are outlined here to help you save money on car insurance.
Many people use a debit card when they pay for goods and services. Introduced in Canada in 1994, debit has already surpassed cash as the preferred payment method. A debit card is linked to your bank account through the Interac system and used like currency. Debit is accepted by many merchants because the processing fee associated with the Interac system is lower than that of credit cards.
Choosing a future career is the first major decision most Canadians face when they reach early adulthood. Like most students, if you are pursuing your studies you may require some financial assistance, even if you plan to work while in school. The increasing costs of education and the study demands of your program can make it difficult to balance your studies while working. While you may be able to obtain a scholarship or bursary, working during your degree or diploma is often the only way to fund your way to graduation. Your funding strategy should address your personal financial situation, possible family assistance, scholarship programs, and government assistance programs for education.
While bankruptcy and consumer proposals can release you from the pressure and worry of creditors and debt, your journey is not over. Now that your papers are filed, you need to start rebuilding your credit. While your first bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for seven years, and a consumer proposal for three, there are many things you can do in the meantime.
Credit cards are a very popular and useful payment method in Canada but they can also lead you down the path of debt. Credit cards have been heavily advertised and marketed in Canada since being introduced in 1950 and it was not until 1970 that mass mailings or unsolicited credit cards were outlawed and replaced with mailings for credit applications. Now, anyone can apply for a credit card or a store credit card but approval depends on your credit history.
There are a few different options for paying for goods and services in Canada. Many of us wonder whether it is best to pay with credit, debit, or cash. The payment option you choose will depend on your preferences and your financial situation, including whether you are struggling with debt. At Harris & Partners Inc., Trustee in Bankruptcy in Toronto, Ontario, and surrounding areas, we bring you the options, benefits, and drawbacks, all discussed here.
After you’ve reworked your budget, cut back on unnecessary expenses, and done everything else you can to bring your personal finances under control, sometimes your only option is to take more extreme measures. Getting out of debt is difficult, but when you’re down to the wire it can be hard to know if filing for bankruptcy or debt consolidation is the right path for you. There also may be other alternatives which can only be understood through an appointment with a federally licensed trustee in bankruptcy.
Success in the National Football League is no protection from the risk of bankruptcy. A new working paper released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research found that nearly 16 percent of NFL players drafted between 1996 and 2003 were bankrupt within 12 years of retirement. Initial bankruptcy filings tended to occur soon after players retired from the NFL and continued spending at a substantial rate through the first dozen years of retirement. The study also showed that bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length.
Debts can be overwhelming and can leave you feeling like there’s nothing left to do. While declaring bankruptcy should not be your first solution out of debt, it is a way to help you financially. Before you decide that this is the answer to your problems, make sure you understand the mistakes and misconceptions about filing for bankruptcy.
No one wants to declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means a huge hit to your credit score, and you risk losing vital assets such as your house. Before you begin the process of filing for bankruptcy, consider whether or not you are eligible to submit a consumer proposal.
In the early 90s, most major photography companies assumed photographic film would remain a photography staple forever. Almost no one, including major film company Kodak, recognized the rising threat of digital film in time to respond effectively. However, this new film medium almost replaced traditional film within a few years, leading Kodak to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2012 after several difficult years.