Before rushing into my usual tirade about banks doing surveys and leaving the impression their findings are indisputable facts, I just loved the reference quote in the article in the Vancouver Sun today about a boomer who lived through double-digit interest rates in the 1980s and over the years missed more than one naïve financial goal.
Yes. How many naïve financial goals are we still being subjected to?
I have recently researched the top selling personal finance books and suddenly realized that pretty much all of them make the roadway to wealth and retirement sound far too easy.
Dave Ramsey, … Read More >
Recently an article in the Vancouver Sun got my blood boiling.
It was a story about a man in St. Catherines Ontario who lost his home, his car and many of his possessions. A fraudster emptied his bank account, mortgaged his home and in total stole $200,00 leaving the senior with $20 to his name. Although they could not provide any details, the police called it the worst case of elder abuse they had ever seen.
It seems that the fraudster was someone the senior knew and trusted – an employee of the credit union where he banked.
Abuse generally … Read More >
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By Margaret H Johnson
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By Margaret H Johnson
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The Canadian Pension Plan pays to all Canadian seniors over 65 who have made a CPP contribution, however the payments are below the poverty line in most cities in terms of the cost of living. Do you want to work all your life only to be impoverished when you are old, and unable to do anything about it? Do you want to work until you are 65, or would you prefer to retire earlier? You will need to have a savings plan for retirement beyond the CPP contributions deducted from your income.… Read More >