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WealthBar Robo Advisor Review

Vancouver-based WealthBar launched in 2014 by co-founders and husband and wife team Tea and Chris Nicola. Tea worked as a financial advisor, while Chris got started in the financial world working for his father's wealth management company, but also cut his teeth as a software and web developer. They both worked on and off for…

Is Real Estate a Good Investment Strategy for Retirement?

You know that old saying that death and taxes are the only certainties in life? Well, it’s likely that many people would add “rising house prices” to their list of life’s sure things. It’s this overconfidence in the profitability of the housing market that has led some Canadians to forgo other solid retirement savings options…

Rent vs. Buy Debate in the Current Canadian Housing Market

Once upon a time, buying a home in Canada was simply a milestone in the life of the average Canadian. But times have changed: prices have skyrocketed, and housing markets have exploded, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto, making homeownership difficult and calling the investment potential of real estate into question. Simultaneously, the surge of remote…

How to Avoid Credit Card Fees in Canada

Maybe you think credit card fees are as inevitable as that old idiom about death and taxes. Used wisely, your credit card is a financial tool. Plus, there are some pretty sweet perks to having a piece of plastic in your back pocket – managing cash flow, travel rewards, comprehensive insurance, and consumer protection. After…

All You Need to Know About Getting a Home Equity Loan

If you find yourself in need of a large amount of money for things like kitchen renovations or a new car, your options are typically credit cards or an unsecured line of credit. But if you’re a homeowner, and you’ve been dutifully paying off your mortgage for a few years, you have a third option:…

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