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The Bank of Canada Interest Rate and How It Impacts Canadians Now and Looking Into the Next Few Years

Interest rates with the Bank of Canada tell a tale of how the economy in Canada is doing. As interest rates rise, consumerism falls so there’s a major impact on Canadians in general. To get the full scope, it’s important to understand the influence of the Bank of Canada. It’s a crown corporation and the main bank of Canada and is responsible for putting together Canada’s monetary policy.

What is a recession and what does it mean for the average Canadian?

We often hear that a recession is coming. You may be wondering, why do we worry about recessions so much? Let’s gain a better understanding of recessions by looking at what a recession is and what does it mean for the average Canadian.

How to build credit for your kids in Canada

During college years, this is the best time to get your kids started on the process of building credit. Once they graduate, credit generally makes getting started easier. Even if they get a good job, it’s going to be at least one year before banks and landlords take them seriously as a responsible adult. There are some things you can do to help them start the process.

The Principles of Interest

Two basic parts of most types of credit account payments are principal and interest. Principal is the amount borrowed, which can mean the price of an item (like a car or house) or the amount of credit used (as in credit cards and credit lines). Interest is the cost the lender charges the borrower to extend credit, which is where some borrowers get confused or pay more than they bargained for.

Removing a Charge-Off From a Credit Report

Creditors use charge-offs as a last resort when a borrower stops paying a credit card, personal loan, or other debt. At that time, the debt is moved to the creditor’s bad credit ledger and the charge-off is reported as a derogatory remark on the credit file. Although a lender may write off a debt, it doesn’t end there for the borrower. A charge-off does not make the debt disappear. Removing a charge-off from a credit report is possible but there are no shortcuts in the process.

How to Repay a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages may have the word “mortgage” in the name, but unlike a traditional mortgage, you aren’t required to make any regular payments during the term of the loan. You do have to pay back the lender eventually though. Here are some of the ways you can pay back a reverse mortgage lender.

3 Best Uses for Reverse Mortgages

Are you thinking about a reverse mortgage? Here are three of the best uses for one.

Is There a Minimum Credit Score for Renting an Apartment in Canada in 2022?

Most landlords and rental companies check the credit scores of potential tenants as part of their application process. But is there a minimum credit score requirement for renting an apartment in Canada? Here’s what you need to know about credit scores and renting in 2022.

What is a Good Credit Score in Canada in 2022?

A good credit score can go a long way in Canada when it comes to getting approved for a credit card, line of credit, or loan. So if you’re planning to borrow funds or apply for any type of credit in 2022, you should know what a good credit score looks like.

How to Use a Home Equity Loan for an Investment Property

There are varying reasons that a homeowner will choose to take out a home equity loan. It may be to purchase another property or it could be used for improvements. Another loan type is a HELOC, which is a line of credit secured by your home. You can withdraw funds whenever you need them so it offers a bit more freedom than a home. We’ll give you more insight on how to use your home equity loan to buy an investment property.

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