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You never know what’s around the corner when family finances are concerned. Met a couple last week who retired early at 53, with guaranteed pension income of $74,000 between the two of them. And when they hit 65 (earlier for CPP if they so choose) their OAS and CPP will also kick in. They had...
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This Bankruptcy Could Lose Home to Power of Sale Dear Ross, I declared personal bankruptcy a year and a half ago, and I am still waiting for a discharge. After a few months I was told to attend a session at the Examiner’s office, and after that I was told my discharge had been opposed,...
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Buys a Strip Club, Gets Ripped Off By Boyfriend Dear Ross, I have worked in a busy gentleman’s club for three years as a bartender. Last year I began dating Sam the owner, and he suggested I put together the money to buy the club, as it was ‘printing money’. I was very intrigued. He...
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Semi detached for $580,000 in the suburbs I try to ignore the doomsayers who glee in predicting the imminent demise of our real estate market. And so far, I have been right, as home prices continue to climb “The Wall of Worry”, in spite of increasingly tougher lending guidelines. But at some point, a sanity...
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Rob Carrick is running an interesting discussion on his Facebook page today. He poses this question – “What would you advise someone buying a first home today about mortgages – lock in for five or 10 years, or go variable? Most people are going fixed, though a lot are also using combination mortgages, according to...
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