Canadians Borrowing Cheap in Recession

Mark Carney, Bank of Canada governor issued a warning to Canadians on borrowing low interest rate loans. Our household debt-to-income ratio’s are extremely high which makes Canadians vulnerable.

Meanwhile Stats Canada revealed the ratio of debt to disposable income rose to 148.1 per cent. Canadians now owe $1.48 for every dollar of disposable income.

Low interest rates today does not mean low rates tomorrow. Canadian need to keep in mind that interest rates are likely to go up in the future and they should plan for it accordingly.


Canadians Act on their 2011 Resolutions Early

TD Canada Trust has just released the results of their Holiday Survey.

Here is a glimpse of the resolutions Canadians are doing today.

  • Spend less and avoid buying things I don’t need (53%)
  • Look for better deals (38%)
  • Build up savings to cover at least two months of living expenses (30%)

Debt Management Tips

The best debt management tip is to not have debt at all, but to be realistic, that is never the case. Whether it’s your mortgage, credit card bills, and monthly expenses, it is hard to avoid debt. So what is important? Here are a few debt management tips to consider.

1.     See where your money is going and how much is coming in.

2.     Be aware of monthly expenses. Keeping track of credit card purchases, utility bills, your mortgage and so on.

3.     Pay off major credit card debit first like bills with appliances, home improvement renovations, and furniture. Before you sign up for another credit card, it is important to see what your options are before you borrow and read the fine print.

4.     Be sure to have a plan. Plan out how much money will go to each expense and payment.

Debt may be hard to avoid, but it can be easy to manage.