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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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You had good intentions when you were making that New Year’s Resolutions list. When you wrote down “figure out money and investment stuff”, you thought that it might take a couple of nights of upgrading your Google-Fu, but eventually, you’d wrap your head around how to handle your own money. It can’t be that hard – or they’d teach it in school, right' Unfortunately, it’s at this point in the ...
Posted: Jan 29 2018 @ 6:00 AM
If you’ve ever bought or sold second-hand clothing, electronics, furniture, video games, toys, or anything else, you’ve participated in the second-hand economy. And you’re not alone! 82% of Canadians traded at least one good through the second-hand economy in 2016. When most people think of the second-hand economy, they think they can utilize it to drum up extra cash to use towards a financial goal, usually with the added benefit ...
Posted: Jan 22 2018 @ 6:00 AM
The Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is the best long-term wealth-building vehicle available to Canadians, but most people don’t see it that way. The Tax-Free Savings Account is one of the only places you can earn completely tax-free income on your investments. Any interest, dividends, or capital gains within your TFSA will never be taxed — not now, not in future years, not if you contribute a certain amount, not if ...
Posted: Jan 16 2018 @ 8:00 AM
“Cryptocurrency” refers to digital money. These are currencies that exist entirely online, and independent of any country, bank, or governing body. They are not based on any physical asset, which means their value is determined entirely by public sentiment. In other words, they’re worth only what people are willing to pay for them. Which, if you’ve been watching the news lately, is quite a bit. There are thousands of different cryptocurrencies, ...
Posted: Jan 08 2018 @ 6:00 AM
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 @ 11:00 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 @ 4:00 PM
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 @ 2:00 PM
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 @ 2:00 PM
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 @ 2:00 PM


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