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Is it time to consolidate debt?

If you’re wondering what debt consolidation is and if it’s right for you, our partners at Fairstone shared several scenarios where debt consolidation is worth looking into.

Changes to CERB Qualifications

In response to growing concerns about eligibility, specifically for those who have maintained employment but had their hours reduced during the crisis, the federal government announced a series of changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  On April 15th the Prime Minister announced that the program would be expanded to include those who have...

Resources for Canadian Individuals & Businesses During COVID-19

We’ve put together a helpful library of resources to help Canadian individuals and businesses through COVID-19. This post includes information about government updates, grants available and communicates numerous programs and tips to help you find the right relief package and receive benefits during this time.

Resources to Help Canadians Through The Economic Fallout Of COVID-19

It’s only been a few weeks since Canada’s first confirmed case of coronavirus, and just about everyone is feeling the effects of the global pandemic in one way or another. Even those fortunate enough not to contract the virus are getting accustomed to social distancing, mass closures and is bracing for difficult economic times ahead....
How to Improve Your Credit Score in Canada

How to Improve Your Credit Score: Step by Step Guide

Every Canadian has a credit score, but most of us have a pretty foggy understanding of what they mean and how they work. Despite this veil of secrecy, there are a number of simple best practices you can employ to improve your credit score over time. If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a stable financial future!

Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

How to Get Out of Debt in 7 Steps

Debt can be crippling. Perhaps you are sick of being burdened by credit card balances. Maybe everyday expenses have become overwhelming. Whatever your reason, debt repayment is possible even if challenging. It also is quite rewarding. With debts increasing every day and Canadians everywhere facing this problem, we’re here to provide some insightful information for getting out of debt smoothly, swiftly and safely.

How to Set Good Financial Goals

How to Set Your Financial Goals for 2020

The end of the year is a great time to do some reflection and clean up your finances to prepare for the new year. We’re wrapping up a decade, and the future is bright. You’re wiser, smarter, and older. 2020 can be full of possibilities if you plan for them! Here are a few ways to get clear on your goals and set up your finances for the new year.

Negotiating Credit Card Terms

Negotiating Better Credit Card Terms

Stiff competition among lenders has made negotiating better credit card terms much easier. Many cardholders do not approach their issuer to ask for a credit limit increase, fee waiver, or lower interest because they assume the terms they agreed to can never be changed. However, there is room for renegotiation. Most banks are willing to change credit card terms, but the only way to know for sure is to ask.

Differences Between Personal and Business Credit Scores

Anatomy of a Credit Score

Why is pulling a credit report the first thing lenders do when an application is filed? The credit score is one method used to measure a consumer’s creditworthiness. Credit scores range from 300 to 850. Credit reporting agencies don’t pull these numbers out of thin air. There are several financial factors that, once analyzed, are...
The Emotional Effects of Debt

How Debt Can Affect Mental Health

Every adult on the planet carries some degree of debt during their lifetime. In fact, the normal rite of passage for young people is to get credit cards or student loan debt as soon as that first paycheck is earned. As time passes, mortgages, auto loans and other types of credit is added to the pile of money owed to creditors. However, there is a possibility that debt can affect mental health when finances get out of control.

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