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Canada’s best Mastercard credit cards 2020

As one of the top credit card companies in the world, Mastercard is both extremely popular and also nearly universally accepted. For those already banking at BMO Bank of Montreal, a major Canadian bank that associates with Mastercard, these cards may offer all the perks you’re after, along with o ...

The gift of not giving

It’s been five years since my wife, Jen, and I have given each other a Christmas present.  The last time, we had only been dating for five months, and we experienced the usual stress of gift buying, but turned way up by the stress to impress since our relationship was still new. I shopped a lot ...

Holiday helper: 7 ways your credit card rewards can save you money and stress this season

The holidays are just around the corner and, although it’s usually a happy time of the year, a new survey from PC Financial* has confirmed that many of us have long known, the holidays are stressful and expensive. 49% of Canadians surveyed said they’ve blown their holiday budget, while 74% said ...

2020 outlook: An optimistic view of capital markets

Welcome to December – just one more month until a new year begins (and, depending on how you do the math, a new decade as well). Naturally, this is the time when market-watchers issue their forecasts for what may lie ahead, and my team is no exception. Simply put, we expect continued monetary pol ...

Scotiabank Gold American Express review: How competitive are this travel card’s rewards?

With an outstanding earn rate, no foreign transaction fees and a better-than-average travel insurance package, the Scotiabank Gold American Express card has garnered a lot of attention from Canadian travellers and cross-border shoppers. But is Amex a strong enough brand in Canada? And is this card ...

Part I: Introducing Tax-Loss Selling

We get it. Some people love podcasts they can travel with during their daily commutes. Others of you prefer your learning accompanied by charts, graphs and handy hyperlinks. At PWL, we aim to please all sorts! That’s why my new series on tax-loss selling comes in two flavors: a delicious podcast ...

How to keep your holiday spending in check

According to Equifax Canada data, there was a 1.9% rise in total debt per consumer at the end of the second quarter in 2019. Unsurprisingly, a recent survey commissioned by Equifax also found that 55% of Canadians say they’ll be spending less on holiday gifts this year. Hmm, I wonder why tha ...

Canada’s top-rated charities 2020: Overview

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Thoughtful giving: 6 generous gift ideas that aren’t things

If you’ve ever visited a mall in the days leading up to December 25th, you know how intense the holiday shopping season can be.  One third of all Canadians say the holiday season is more stressful now than it was five years ago—the main reasons being overcrowded stores, pricier gifts, and the ...

Tech Talk for Tuesday November 26th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Tuesday November 26th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 2 points in pre-opening trade. Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS $75.80) is expected to open higher after reporting higher than consensus fiscal fourth quarter earnings. Best Buy advan ...