Financial literacy

Common mistakes people make in RRSP season [Video - 3:07] (2012)

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This video, part of a series dealing with a variety of financial issues, features an interview with Jonathan Chevreau, personal finance columnist for the Financial Post newspaper.

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2013-09-12

Term insurance, simply put [Video - 0:56] (2012)

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This brief video, part of a series exploring a variety of financial issues, explains the concept of term life insurance.

The narrator explains that with term life insurance, coverage is in place for a specific period of time. It provides a fixed annual payment for a given number of years.

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2013-09-11

Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), simply put [Video - 1:13] (2012)

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This video is one in a series dealing with a variety of money-related matters. Here, the focus is on saving for a child’s postsecondary education with a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Income earned in an RRSP is not taxed until it is withdrawn.

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2013-09-06

Should you pay down debt or save for your retirement? [Video - 3:13] (2012)

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This video is part of a series dealing with a variety of financial issues, and features an interview with Jonathan Chevreau, personal finance columnist for the Financial Post newspaper.

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2013-09-03

Dollars & $ense: Financial Literacy Course Curriculum Manual (2010)

This curriculum manual is aimed at facilitators of financial literacy courses. It includes four levels of instruction: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and English language learner (ELL).

The beginner level is intended for adults with very low literacy skills, and focuses on basic math skills. Handouts are in larger print and written in clear language.

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2013-08-30

Planning for Retirement on a Low Income: A background paper on retirement financial planning for Canadians with very low incomes (2012)

The purpose of this paper is to educate people who help low-income adults plan for their financial future. It is aimed at financial planners; staff of banks and other institutions; financial writers and broadcasters; community agencies that run tax clinics for low-income people; organizations that design and provide training in financial literacy; and friends and family of low-income people.

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2013-08-29

A day in the life of a frugalista [Video - 2:31] (2012)

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Amrita Singh developed the Frugalista Files website as a way of sharing her money-saving tips. In this video, she shows how to make homemade iced coffee and eco-friendly household cleaning products.

She describes her philosophy as making smart choices and simple changes to save money.

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2013-08-23

Critical illness insurance, simply put [Video - 1:37] (2012)

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This video, part of a series dealing with a variety of money-related matters, looks at critical illness insurance. With this type of insurance, an individual diagnosed with a serious illness covered by the policy will receive a one-time lump-sum payment designed to help cover the costs associated with the illness.

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2013-08-22

Bright ideas for back-to-school savings [Video - 3:35] (2012)

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In this video, Amrita Singh of the Frugalista Files website offers advice for saving money on school supplies, clothing, and lunches. She summarizes her tips in the acronym TASKS: Take inventory of what you have; Avoid buying snacks from the store; Shop the sales; Know how to stretch bulk buys; and Swap items.

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2013-08-15

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) simply put [Video - 1:28] (2012)

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Government of Canada regulations allow people to defer a portion of their income tax bill by contributing to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The income earned in the RRSP is usually exempt from tax as long as the funds remain in the plan, and is taxed when it is withdrawn after the person retires, when income is usually lower.

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2013-08-12

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