Sean Cooper, Personal Finance Journalist

Credit Ratings Explained

By Sean on June 10, 2019

Credit is something many of us take for granted. If you have good credit, you should have no problem borrowing money at the best interest rates with the most favourable terms and conditions. If you’re able to pay for your home, car and other assets in cash, you may not care about your credit score,…

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What is Insolvency?

By Sean on May 21, 2019

Insolvency means you’re unable to pay your debts as they come due. When used as a commercial term, it means that your business is unable to pay off its debts. It is typically defined in two separate ways: cash flow insolvency and balance sheet insolvency. Let’s look at both now. Cash flow insolvency (otherwise known…

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Activity-Based Budgeting: Time is Money

By Sean on May 2, 2019

Activity-based budgeting is a method associated with business: it’s when you figure out all the costs for all your products and services. After you have a list of those costs, you then make a budget based on all your business’s activities. Usually when you’re budgeting, you look at the previous year’s budget and make changes…

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Incremental Budgeting: Gaining Capital Over Time

By Sean on April 16, 2019

Incremental budgeting is a budget type where you add a specific amount of capital to a previous quarter’s or period’s budget to permit slight increases. This method is mostly used as budgeting for businesses. Although this budget method is simple (much simpler than activity-based budgeting), most financial professionals won’t recommend it. The main reason is…

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Zero-Based Budgeting: Every Dollar Matters

By Sean on April 4, 2019

Zero-based budgeting is when you allocate every dollar of your monthly income for budgeting purposes. In other words, your income minus expenses should be equal to zero. To do that, you need to ensure your monthly expenses match your monthly income, and that every dollar is being given a purpose. Here’s an important distinction: A…

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Disability Tax Credit

By Sean on March 25, 2019

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a tax credit to help lessen the tax burden of those with a disability and their supporting person. In this article we’ll look at who is eligible for the DTC and what happens after you send in Form T2201, among other things. What is the disability tax credit? The…

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