The You First Blog

In our September 2023 newsletter, one of our articles talked about the new FHSA account, which was created to help people save for their first home. By now, most of the major details are well-known: You can contribute $8,000 a year to the FHSA You can contribute $40,000 lifetime to the FHSA Contributions are tax-deductible… Read More

On Wednesday June 5th, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem announced a policy rate reduction of 25 basis points to 4.75%, down from 5.00%. In the announcement, Macklem cited easing inflation (April 2024 CPI at 2.7% y/y), core inflation measures slowing, and lower-than-expected first quarter GDP growth. BoC’s three-month measures suggest continued downward momentum. Macklem… Read More

Stock markets have provided healthy returns in the first five months of 2024, reaching new all-time highs led by U.S. and Japanese stocks. U.S. firms have delivered strong earnings, reflecting a resilient economy. Although positive for investors, the pace of these rallies and the rising valuations are cause for caution, and could lead to near-term… Read More

Are you on title on a parent’s or child’s home for estate or gifting purposes? Do you have an in-trust-for (ITF) investment account for a minor-aged child? Do you have a jointly-held bank account with a child or parent? As of the 2023 tax filing year, such arrangements may now require filing a T3 Trust… Read More

The 2023 RRSP deadline is Thursday February 29, 2024. Contributions made up to this date are included on your 2023 tax return and can be deducted against your 2023 income. Depending on your marginal tax bracket, you could see a tax savings as high as 53.5% on your contribution. Roughly speaking, if you earn more… Read More