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Episode 17 – Credit Card Minimum Payment

A minimum payment is the smallest amount of your credit card balance that you can pay each month to avoid paying late fees and damaging your credit history. But minimum payments are also how many people end up in deeper and deeper in credit card debt.


016- RIP – Regular Investment Plan

A regular investment plan is a key part of your investment strategy that enables you to invest a set amount of money on a regular basis so that you can build your investment gradually. One of the best way to buy mutual funds or any savings program is by making automatic purchases every month. Regular … Continue reading "016- RIP – Regular Investment Plan"


Episode 15 – Common Mistakes In managing our money

Common Mistakes In Managing Your Money: 1. Not planning: your budget is your spending plan. It will allow you to live within your means 2. Overspending: A full 76% of the average shopper’s spending decisions are made in store aisles, according to a 2012 study by retail marketing group POPAI. The not-a-big-deal amounts like dinners, … Continue reading "Episode 15 – Common Mistakes In managing our money"


Episode 14 – Financial Stress

Today’s guest is Ato Yohannes Ferdinando Drar, mental health expert. Mr. Drar lives in Ottawa, Canada and our discussion was conducted over the phone. Many people today live beyond their means and carry a large amount of stress as a result. Financial stress can have a direct impact your family’s health. In 2017 survey of … Continue reading "Episode 14 – Financial Stress"


Car Loan

Vehicles that would have been completely unaffordable two decades ago are now financially accessible. Many consumers can buy cars with no money down, for a monthly, bi-weekly (or even daily) payment that has somehow become “affordable.” Most car-buyers often don’t understand that long-term vehicle financing can set up a cycle of greater and greater debt … Continue reading "Car Loan"


Episode 12 – RRSP

In the episode, I will explain what an RRSP is, how it works and it’s benefits. As the same time I will briefly talk about Canada Pension Plan. A Registered Retirement Savings Plan, or RRSP, is a special type of investment account designed to help Canadians save for retirement. The main advantage of an RRSP … Continue reading "Episode 12 – RRSP"


Episode 11 – First Home Buying – Part 2

In this episode Eden explains the process of finding the right Real Estate agent, making an offer, finding a real estate lawyer, finalizing the purchase and closing day. Finding the right real estate agent One of the first steps will be to interview a few real-estate agents before choosing one. You have to be really … Continue reading "Episode 11 – First Home Buying – Part 2"


Episode 10 – Buying your first home (Part 1)

In this episode Eden K. Tewelde will discuss the step by step process of buying home for the first time. Step 1. Educate yourself to understand Real Estate Market and familiarize yourself with the Real Estate market trend in the area you are planning to buy. Step 2. Find out how much you can afford. … Continue reading "Episode 10 – Buying your first home (Part 1)"


What is RESP?

In today’s episode I will talk about RESP. A Registered Education Savings Plan is an investment vehicle available to parents in Canada to save for their children’s post-secondary education . The principal advantages of RESPs are the access they provide to the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) and as method of generating tax-deferred income. Grants … Continue reading "Episode 9 – What is RESP?"


Episode 8 – Credit Report

Credit reporting agency collects information about where you live and work, how you pay your bills, whether or not you have been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. All of this information is combined together in a credit report. A credit score is a numerical expression based on a level analysis of a person’s credit … Continue reading "Episode 8 – Credit Report"


Episode 7 – Managing Your Debt

In this episode I will discuss about ways to paying off debt. I will also share some additional strategies to manage debt. A debt management plan sets up a payment schedule for you to repay your debts. By voluntary agreement you deposit funds with your credit counseling agency each month. They send those funds directly … Continue reading "Episode 7 – Managing Your Debt"


Episode 6 – Personal Finance – Insurance Part 2

In this episode, Yonas shares his personal experience on buying insurance. He shares practical advice on how to do due diligence before buying insurance products. It is never late to start planning to invest into the protection of people you love in your life through insurance. Critical illness insurance is an insurance product in which … Continue reading "Episode 6 – Personal Finance – Insurance Part 2"


Episode 5 – Personal Finance – Insurance Part 1

Today’s guest is an insurance expert Yonas Tekle. Yonas is going to help us understand the different types insurance products, why we need them and how it fits into our financial planning. A life insurance policy is a contract with an insurance company. In exchange for premium payments, the insurance company provides a lump-sum payment, … Continue reading "Episode 5 – Personal Finance – Insurance Part 1"


Episode 4 – Personal Finance – Budgeting

Budgeting allows you to create a spending plan for your money, it ensures that you will always have enough money for the things you need and the things that are important to you. The 50%/30%/20% budgeting rule is spending 50% on needs and 30% on wants while allocating 20% to savings. An emergency saving is … Continue reading "Episode 4 – Personal Finance – Budgeting"


Episode 3 – How To Start Investing (Part 2)

In this episode I will continue my discussion on investment planning, portfolio building and types of investment accounts. I will also discuss what an index is and how it could fit into an investment strategy. An index fund is a type of mutual fund with a portfolio constructed to match or track the components of … Continue reading "Episode 3 – How To Start Investing (Part 2)"


Episode 2 – How To Start Investing (Part 1)

In this episode you will learn how to start your investment planning and how to apply KYC. You will get an understanding of investment and account type selection process. Risk and reward of GICs, CDs, Bonds, Stocks, Mutual Funds and ETFs. The Know Your Client form is a standard form in the investment industry that … Continue reading "Episode 2 – How To Start Investing (Part 1)"


Episode 1 – Basic Investment Products

In this episode we will discuss about GICs/CDs, Bonds, Stocks, Mutual Funds and ETFs. A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is a Canadian investment that offers a guaranteed rate of return over a fixed period of time, most commonly issued by trust companies or banks. A certificate of deposit (CD) is a time deposit, a financial … Continue reading "Episode 1 – Basic Investment Products"