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Every year, we analyze information we collect about our clients to develop an updated profile of the average person filing insolvency. We call this person Joe Debtor. As the economy changes, so too does Joe Debtor. In 2014/2015 we warned that we were seeing an increase in the number of seniors filing bankruptcy. In 2017 we highlighted that, des ...…
 
Budgeting for bill payments and saving can be a straightforward process when you have a regular, consistent paycheque. But how do you stay on top of your finances when your income differs from one month to the next? What if you're just not someone who can follow traditional financial planning? Enter Chris Enns. Chris is an opera-singer and a fe ...…
 
In over 20 years helping Canadians eliminate their debt, I've yet to hear a single client say they chose to have debt problems. Debt accumulates over time and then it becomes an even bigger problem when you lose your job, become ill or get divorced. But for many of my clients, despite knowing that the cause of their money troubles was beyond th ...…
 
When used correctly, a credit card is a helpful tool to build your credit history, and it's a safer than carrying cash. However, when mismanaged, a credit card can quickly become one of the most expensive borrowing options, leading to serious debt trouble. For many of our clients, credit card debt is the second biggest debt they carry. To help ...…
 
Many people we meet are surprised to find themselves so far behind financially they can no longer pay their bills. The problem with debt is that it creeps up on us slowly. Today we are going to take a lesson from the business world and apply it to personal finance. Businesses use financial ratio analysis all the time to assess their financial r ...…
 
Whether you are a borrower or a beginning saver, the best way to beat the bank at its own game is to learn some basics so you can make a better decision. I talk with Larry Bates, author of Beat the Bank, as he shares tips for outsmarting financial institutions and keeping the most of your hard-earned money in your own pocket rather than the ban ...…
 
A debt collector does just what the name suggests: they collect on unpaid debt. They won't review all your debt relief options with you or give you a plan that makes debt repayment realistic and affordable. Their only goal is to recover as much debt for the creditor as possible. That's how their business makes money. You might be shocked to lea ...…
 
A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a loan secured by the equity in your house. A HELOC is often presented as a great borrowing tool because unlike with credit cards or unsecured loans, you have access to a large amount of revolving cash at a lower interest rate. But what you probably don't know is that your bank can change the borrowing te ...…
 
If you can sell your assets, pay the taxes (there’s a tax hit when you cash in an RRSP), and have enough to pay off your debts, it may make sense to sell your assets to pay off your debt. But, if your assets won’t cover your debts in full, there may be a better option. On today’s podcast we discuss how to determine if selling assets is a good d ...…
 
Whether your inheritance is included in a bankruptcy depends entirely on when you become entitled to receive the proceeds. As this is a complex issue, I talk with Ted Michalos and we take a detailed look at bankruptcy implications for inheritances. While we discuss inheritances and bankruptcy specifically in this podcast, the advice applies to ...…
 
The best way to control your auto expenses is to buy a car you can afford. This keeps your monthly car loan payments low (since you borrow less) and ensures that you don't over-finance. But how do you buy an affordable car that fits within your budget? Should you buy new or used? If it's used, how can you know it's reliable? Enter Scott Marshal ...…
 
Every financial guru says that achieving success starts with setting a goal. I disagree. While there is some benefit to setting goals, you are more likely to achieve success if, instead of focusing on goals, you have a system. I discuss goals vs systems on today’s podcast. Listen or read the transcript below. This is our first episode of 2019, ...…
 
It’s been a long time coming, longer than Ted Michalos and I predicted in our past year-in-review podcasts. We predicted that 2014 and 2015 consumer insolvencies would remain flat, and they did. However, last year, we predicted that the seeds of a debt crisis had been planted, and we fully expected consumer insolvencies to begin to rise. And th ...…
 
If you just earned a bonus from your employer or received an unexpected sum of money, how should you use that bonus if you also have debt? On today’s show we talk with Scott Terrio and we outline what to prioritize to get the most bang for your buck. We also take a look at common mistakes people make when they receive a surprise lump sum of mon ...…
 
Financial technology, or fin-tech, has come a long way. Much more than just a budgeting app, now you can do your banking, money management, investing and even borrowing, online. In addition to apps, fin-tech companies are following the chatbot trend. On today’s show I talk with Alan Whitton, (known as the Big Cajun Man), who has spent 35 years ...…
 
When you have debt, Christmas is a stressful time. With pressure to spend on family, friends, co-workers, and maybe even your barber, the season turns into more of a financial burden than a time to be merry. And even though you want to give, your budget is limited. Is it possible to say no to holiday spending without feeling guilty? Actually, i ...…
 
The death of a spouse and divorce bring an emotional burden, but sadly such catastrophic events also create financial consequences. In fact, the death of a spouse or divorce are both common reasons why people file bankruptcy. Without proper financial planning, people can find themselves unable to cope with existing debt and often take on new de ...…
 
If you are out of work or laid-off and need to upgrade your skills to improve your employment potential, how can you do this without incurring more debt? The Ontario government has a Second Career program that offers financial support to retrain for in-demand jobs for those who qualify. On today’s show we talk with David Shumaker, an employment ...…
 
Indebted Canadians pay at least $24 million a year for what is often unnecessary debt advice. How does this happen? Well, when you have overwhelming debt, you're not just thinking about the money. There's also an emotional element: You're stressed, anxious, and worried about your future. Enter unlicensed debt consultants. They know that you fea ...…
 
Being injured or in an accident can have broad reaching financial implications. In addition to the costs of care, you can lose income if you are off work and may incur additional legal costs. Finding ways to recover some of those expenses can help you avoid the debt problems that can occur after an injury. Our guest, personal injury lawyer Lisa ...…
 
This year marks the 8th Financial Literacy Month in Canada, which begs the question: has our financial literacy improved in eight years? Total household debt is at record highs while personal savings rates are at record lows. I'd say that's evidence that the program is not meeting its core objectives. On today's show we ask the question: "Can t ...…
 
Whether you are about to start your post-secondary education, start a family, or are headed for retirement, debt problems can happen at any age. While the average person who files for bankruptcy in Canada is in their mid-40s, Hoyes Michalos has filed bankruptcy for people as young as 18 and as old as 93. Avoiding bankruptcy means taking charge ...…
 
If you owe a debt in Canada, but live elsewhere in the world, should you ignore past due Canadian debts you can't afford to pay, or can you file bankruptcy in Canada when living abroad? As the Licensed Insolvency Trustee in charge of our Windsor office, Rebecca Martyn deals with a lot of cross-border consumer insolvency questions and is often c ...…
 
The use of computer technology to manage money continues to explode across the financial services industry. Enter the robo-planner. The question is can an online computer platform help answer common financial questions like should you invest in an RRSP or TFSA, or should you pay off your mortgage sooner? Today we talk about the use and potentia ...…
 
A joint bank account is an account that allows two or more parties to each deposit, withdraw and manage funds in the account. Whether or not it's a good idea to get a joint account with your spouse, a friend or any family member depends on your personal situation. On today's show, with guest Ted Michalos, we take a look at the different types o ...…
 
Current regulations allow financial advisors to sell products like mutual funds and give the appearance that they are giving you financial advice that fits your situation. The problem is embedded advisors, like those at your friendly neighbourhood bank, are paid on a commission matrix that rewards sales. That means you don't really know if you ...…
 
If you are over-mortgaged and facing negative equity in your home, can you walk away from your mortgage in Canada? We explain what you can do if there is a shortfall on your mortgage after a sale or bank foreclosure. Canada has full recourse mortgage laws A theoretical shortfall is not a real shortfall. You don't have to sell. If you can keep y ...…
 
A recent Twitter headline claimed that actor Charlie Sheen is having a 'dire financial crisis' with less than $10 million to his name. While that might be a bit extreme, no matter how much money you have, if you have high debt obligations, you can face money troubles. On today's podcast we talk with Robert Brown, author of Wealthing Like Rabbit ...…
 
Student loans are only automatically discharged when you file bankruptcy in Canada if you have ceased to be a student for more than seven years at the time you file. However, there are cases in which clients cannot afford to wait for the seven year mark to discharge their student debts automatically. Financial hardship for student loans is an a ...…
 
September is a time for a fresh start. The kids are back in school, everyone’s back to work after their summer vacations, and it’s a whole new season here on Debt Free in 30. On today’s show we announce our plans for the fifth season of Debt Free in 30, and also announce our YouTube channel where you can find all 200+ episodes of Debt Free in 30.…
 
On today’s final rebroadcast of the summer, I give my thoughts on how to manage your spending without a budget, and I explain how the 80/20 rule, known as the Pareto principle, can be used in all areas of money management, and in life. I call this episode “how to cheat your way to financial success”, but really it’s about the 80 20 rule, which ...…
 
For the month of August we are replaying the most downloaded podcasts of the past year; not surprisingly, the first two rebroadcasts were about debt, and so is this one. Originally broadcast back in January, on this podcast Ted Michalos and Doug Hoyes answer the question: which debts should you pay first? Should you knock off the small ones fir ...…
 
It’s the month of August, and we are replaying the most downloaded episodes from the past season of Debt Free in 30. This episode was inspired by all of those personal finance bloggers who love to write stories about how they paid off a massive amount of debt in a short period of time. That’s great if you have a massive income and can do it, bu ...…
 
As is our tradition here at Debt Free in 30, during the month of August we rebroadcast the most popular episodes of the past year. Today’s episode is short, only 15 minutes, but I think it resonated with listeners because I discussed the concept of minimum payments. Since September, 2010, banks are required to show you, on your monthly credit c ...…
 
On today’s show, recorded in July, 2018, I give my thoughts on what the bankruptcy of Tesla Inc., the electric car company, can teach us about how we manage our own personal finances. And yes, I realize that Tesla is not (yet) bankrupt, and in fact they have a market value of approximately $50 billion (in US Dollars), which is comparable to the ...…
 
There's a saying that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket, and this rings true for bank accounts. While it is convenient to have all your finances located at one bank, what happens in the event that the bank's systems are down and you can't access your money for a little while? Or, a more common scenario my clients have faced is havin ...…
 
There's no need to worry. Bankruptcy court is not something that every bankrupt has to go to when they file for bankruptcy. If you complete all your duties and no one objects, you are automatically discharged from bankruptcy after the required period of time has passed, so there is no requirement to appear in bankruptcy court. In fact, this is ...…
 
You know you need to improve your financial health. You might even know what you need to do - save more, spend less, pay down debt. So why does that not necessarily translate into healthy financial habits that move the needle? What's stopping you from achieving overall financial wellness? That's the question asked in a recent study by Mercer Ca ...…
 
For as long as debt has existed, society has judged people for failing to pay it back. Over the years, I've heard hundreds of honest, but unfortunate debtors tell me they are stressed out because they believe they have morally failed for being unable to repay their debts. But why is it that we attach a moral dimension to bankruptcy at all? Is b ...…
 
What causes us to spend beyond our means? While in some cases it's the result of a job loss or illness, in other situations, it's the Diderot Effect at play. The Diderot Effect is a social phenomenon where the introduction of a new possession that deviates from what you currently own leads to a spiral of even more consumption. For example, when ...…
 
Did you know that in Ontario, anyone can call themselves a financial planner? With this in mind, how can you make sure that you are getting expert and unbiased advice on money management? Should you trust the financial planners who work at banks? Are they credible or do they just want to sell you mutual funds? My guest today says that if you wa ...…
 
Repaying debt requires a stable income. Even when you're in a debt relief plan like a consumer proposal, you need money coming in each month to make your payments. But what if you are faced with a sudden job loss and can no longer keep up with payments on your consumer proposal? Could you revive it after you find another job? What if you don't ...…
 
What if you could approach personal finance like most of us try cooking? Instead of learning a bunch of rules and principles, all you'd have to do is follow some tested recipes. Would this make it easier to save money, budget and build wealth? Today's guest thought so and the result was a new approach to money management he called Cashflow Cook ...…
 
Credit scores are a way for a lender to assess how well you handle debt. To be able to set a credit score, the credit bureaus need information about credit use. This leads to a strange principle behind credit scores: the more access to available credit you have, the better your credit score will be. While that's good for your credit score, is t ...…
 
Your credit report is a report card on your credit activity. While you can get a free copy of your credit report from many sources, not all credit reports are the same and not all sources provide full information. With so many free report providers, how do you know which one is accurate? My guest today stresses it's important to first understan ...…
 
Divorce can be expensive. In my experience, it's also one of the many causes for insolvency. The reason for this is when you are living together, you only have one bill for rent, cable, and utilities, but two incomes. You are in a better position to save money. When you separate, suddenly all these expenses become yours. What's more, if it's no ...…
 
Once upon a time, if you had a lot of credit card debt and owned a home, you could get a second mortgage to consolidate and pay off your debt. Interest rates were low and home values were rising. You could borrow against your home equity and pay down your unsecured debt affordably. But interest rates are rising. What's more, in some areas now, ...…
 
As a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, I'll always advise that you prioritize debt repayment. Why is it important to pay off debt first? So that you are no longer burdened by it. While that is the most prudent course of action, not everyone wants to wait until they are debt free before pursuing their dreams. For example, if you are a recent graduate ...…
 
Money management is hard. That’s why so many people don’t do it. Over the years at many credit counselling sessions with clients I’ve explained budgeting, and spreadsheets, and budgeting apps, and lots of other techniques to manage money. Some of my clients love the process of recording every transaction. Others, not so much. So, what can you d ...…
 
I've said it before: when it comes to credit rating agencies like Equifax or TransUnion: You are not their customer. You are their product. Your data and loan history are for sale to any lender who is willing to pay for the data. But what if this could be flipped upside down? What if you could own your own credit history and control who gets to ...…
 
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