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Bridget Casey

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Money After Graduation
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Managing money can be intimidating. From the list of financial to-dos to the endless array of acronyms for different accounts, it can easily feel like there’s too much to know, let alone if you’ll ever get it right. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused when it comes to managing your finances, you’re not alone. 39% of Canadians feel like they do not have their financial future under control. – The ...
Posted: Dec 11 2017 @ 6:00 AM
In 2015, I graduated with an MBA in Finance. My course program consisted of 20 classes on Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance (of course!) and some other things I’ve already forgotten. With tuition and the cost of books ringing in at $25,000 per year, I paid about $50,000 out of pocket for MBA. While $50,000 can hardly be considered “cheap”, it is a bargain as far as most MBAs go. ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 5:00 AM
More likely than not, you will experience some form of financial hardship in your lifetime. Some of these will be minor challenges like a layoff or a series of missed mortgage payments, others will be significant like divorce or declaring bankruptcy. Often one financial hardship begets another, so don’t be surprised if a layoff leads to divorce which ruins your credit and forces you into bankruptcy. If you think you’re ...
Posted: Oct 30 2017 @ 5:00 AM
When it comes to raising a family, childcare costs are a huge expense that can start to rival your mortgage payments. With daycare costs as high as $2,000 per month in major cities, many families opt out altogether, and instead choose to have one parent stay home. While this might seem economical at first glance, it has a catastrophic long-term negative impact of the lifetime income of the parent that ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 5:00 AM
The title of this post might lead you to think it’s about wasting your hard-earned dollars, but it’s actually about the opposite. FIRE is about ultra-frugality and commitment to building long-term, sustainable wealth. What is Financial Independence Early Retirement (FIRE)? FIRE stands for Financial Independence and Early Retirement and refers to achieving a level of wealth that produces an income that will allow you to withdraw from the workforce and ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Spoiler alert: you probably do. Most Canadians aren’t big savers to begin with, so when you start throwing financial acronyms at them like RRSP, TFSA, ETF, HESG (that last one is made up), it’s no wonder they get confused. Even those with good intentions might partake of the investment vehicles these acronyms represent but lack an understanding of their potential leads to them being underutilized. The RRSP might be one of ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Maternity leaves in the developed world vary in length and pay from nothing to 14 months at no pay to 100% covered. Canada offers one of the most generous government-sponsored leaves available: a full 12 months off at 55% of your salary. This consists of 15 weeks maternity leave to be taken by the mother, plus 35 weeks of paid parental leave that can be taken by either parent. Sad ...
Posted: Sep 25 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Most millennials are not investing. In fact, as many as 80% of millennials are staying out of the stock market, citing both lack of funds and lack of understanding about how investing works as their reasons for staying put on the sidelines. However, failing to invest, especially when your young, means missing out on decades of returns. This is why I say not investing is the most expensive mistake you ...
Posted: May 22 2017 @ 5:00 AM
For most investors, a portfolio of index funds is more than enough to meet their long-term financial goals. Index funds are some of the most popular, readily available, and valuable investments on the stock market. They’re also very affordable and easy to access. Still, many people aren’t exactly clear on how they work or how to buy them. I’ve been getting a LOT of questions on index funds lately, so I ...
Posted: May 15 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Home ownership is still a cornerstone of the financial plan of most Canadians but with the average house price in Canada nearly $500,000, it’s not always easy to get a foothold in the real estate market. One of the ways the Government of Canada has made home ownership more accessible is through the RRSP First-Time Homebuyer’s Plan. But how do you actually make use of this great tool to buy ...
Posted: May 01 2017 @ 5:00 AM


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