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Guest blog - Did you know… the worse your credit score is, the faster it can jump up?

Richard Moxley is the author of the best-selling book The Credit Game: Rules Every Canadian Must Know to Win, a highly informative and entertaining guide to having good credit. Richard has been spreading the word on this issue through television interviews, presentations, and courses, and we welcomed the chance to have him provide a guest post for…

What I Wish People Understood About Bankruptcy | Will it destroy my credit?

Everyone has heard of bankruptcy. But, as with anything a person may not have personally experienced, it’s easy to develop false assumptions about it based on tidbits of information heard in the news or from people you know. Unless a person has gotten up-close-and-personal with bankruptcy, there are some things they probably don’t know…

What I Wish People Understood About Bankruptcy | Do you lose all of your assets in a bankruptcy?

Everyone has heard of bankruptcy. But, as with anything a person may not have personally experienced, it’s easy to develop false assumptions about it based on tidbits of information heard in the news or from people you know. Unless a person has gotten up-close-and-personal with bankruptcy, there are some things they probably don’t know…

So You Owe Taxes This Year...

This time of year, a lot of people look forward to receiving a tax refund. For those living on low income, a tax refund can be highly anticipated as a way to catch up on bills or pay for something they’ve been holding off on, such as a car repair or dental work. Unfortunately, this year might be different for a lot of people. Individuals…

Everything You Need to Know About Debt Settlement

There may come a time when a person realizes they owe more debt than they can afford to pay back. In this case, they may look to settle their debt, meaning they make a deal to pay creditors less than what is owed. There are a number of reasons creditors might agree to this, including: The debt has been sold, at a steep discount, to a third…

Consolidation Loans: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When a person needs to deal with debt that is becoming unmanageable, they often think of a debt consolidation loan. Although most people are familiar with the term, you might not be familiar with exactly what it entails. Depending on your situation, a debt consolidation loan might be a good idea. In other cases, you might be better off considering…

Parents: Teach Your Kids About Money Early

All parents wish for our kids to be more prepared for adult life than we were. In particular, parents who experience financial difficulty are set on helping their kids avoid such problems. But despite efforts of generations of parents, it seems not everyone is sufficiently prepared for financial independence when the time comes. In my opinion,…

Read This Before You Cash In RRSPs to Pay Debt

An RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) is a retirement savings vehicle, and a critical part of many peoples’ retirement plans. However, when you have RRSP savings but face an immediate cash crunch, it can be tempting to cash in RRSPs prior to retirement. Cashing in RRSPs to pay debt, fund an important purchase, or cover expenses during…

Parents: Read this before you help your kids with their debt

There’s no shortage of articles on the web highlighting the tough financial road that today’s young adults face. The rising cost of post-secondary education, a tight job market, and high housing costs are some of the many things blamed for this. Parents of these young adults often try to help, with financial support and/or by welcoming…

Getting Back On Track: How Not To Stay An Undischarged Bankrupt

Contrary to what you might’ve heard, when someone makes a bankruptcy filing they’re not immediately released from their debts. It’s only at the end of the process, when the individual receives their “discharge” from the bankruptcy that the debt is erased and they’re able to move on and rebuild. Getting…

Guest Blog - Beginner's Guide to Taxes for Your Business for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

At Charla Smith & Company, we often talk to small business owners who have concerns about their business's financial health or the impact their business's finances are having on their own financial situation. One common area of concern is tax debt. Even a business owner that is successful at driving revenue can get into trouble if…

What is the “sweatbox” and why should you avoid it?

The term “sweatbox” was coined by researchers1 working on a study about people who file bankruptcy to describe the situation that often occurs prior to their insolvency filing. During a person’s time in the sweatbox, they know or suspect they can’t afford to pay their debt back, but they keep trying, going to great lengths…

5 Signs You’re Already in the Financial Sweatbox

The “sweatbox” is a situation that often occurs prior to an individual making an assignment in bankruptcy. For those with debts they can’t pay, the sweatbox is all about suffering. Often, the suffering lasts for a long period of time before the individual eventually realizes they have no choice but to make an insolvency filing. …

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