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Raising Financially Literate Teens

Today's teenagers are the richest, most networked generation in history and,as every parent knows, they love to spend money. Their spending is a way to assert their independence, to socialize and to establish their identity behaviours that are embraced and encouraged by advertisers of everything from MP3 players to designer jeans.

These Rainy Days Aren't About the Weather

The last year or so has been a very rude awakening for many. Too many people today are so busy living a lifestyle, they forget that emergencies may need to be dealt with. It's all too easy to take one's cash flow for granted and get lulled into the belief that it will go on uninterrupted. Those who are best able to handle the financial rainy days that inevitably come along are in the habit of living well below their means and paying themselves first.

The Empty Nest Years

Many people look to the 'empty nest years' as a simpler time with fewer life obligations. As couples enter these years, the kids have usually left home, and retirement is just around the corner. In this new life stage, there are many opportunities to encounter new and exciting experiences.

A New Life Phase

Financial plans and marriage breakdown

Statistics show that about half of marriages end in divorce. Ed and Liz are ending theirs and are concerned about changes that will have to be made to their financial and estate plans. Some considerations, also in common-law relationships, are:

The Basics of Financial Planning

Before a sky scraper can reach for the clouds, it needs a very strong foundation. Once the building is complete, the foundation is virtually unseen. The same goes for our financial plans. Following are the basics of a strong financial foundation:

Budget - Governments and businesses use budgets to properly allocate resources. It's known as good business. A budget can help you figure out where your hard earned income is going and to identify ways to cut spending or increase savings.

Managing Debt

Now that summer has officially arrived, many of us start to think about home renovations, garden projects and summer vacations. But while we often know what we want to accomplish, sometimes we are not sure where the money will come from. If you're planning for a large expense this year, consider some of the following issues:

Budget management

I Don't Want to Invest My Money Now because...

On October 30, the federal government presented a 'mini-budget,' which outlined a number of initiatives designed to create tax savings for Canadians.

Tax cuts were the main thrust of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's announcement, which means there are a few new ways you can save your money. In case you haven't had time to follow the media coverage on this issue, the summary below outlines the recent tax changes and how they'll benefit you and your family.

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