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8 essential apps for active seniors

November 15, 2018

Today’s seniors are putting to rest the myth that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. While the use of handheld devices may be near-universal with younger generations, many seniors are also enthusiastically embracing the digital age, and are no less excited about the benefits of modern technology. The high level of digital device … read more

The benefits of medical cannabis

October 16, 2018

With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) earlier this year, Canada now joins Uruguay as only the second country in the world to allow its citizens to use recreational cannabis. For the activists who have been pushing for this change, this has been a long time in the making, and comes at a time … read more

What you need to know about mortgage closing costs

August 21, 2018

When purchasing a new home, the final expenses incurred by the buyer to complete the transfer of ownership are referred to as closing costs. While total closing costs vary by region, many are common across all markets. Mortgage lenders require new buyers to demonstrate their capacity to manage these expenses when assessing overall ability to … read more

5 common mistakes that can lower your credit score

July 18, 2018

Everyone knows that in order to maintain a good credit score, you must pay your bills on time. Likewise, most people know that you need to have a good credit score to be approved for loans and other forms of credit. But did you know that with a better credit score, you can often qualify for … read more

Giving while living: a new approach to transferring wealth

June 20, 2018

There are many things to consider when planning the transfer of wealth within families. And while Canada doesn’t have an inheritance tax, there are still other fees and taxes that could substantially reduce the value of your estate. One option available to minimize these costs is to “gift” a portion of the assets you intend … read more

Technology that travels with you

May 14, 2018

It goes without saying that technology has had a tremendous impact on the way we live our lives. Many of the everyday things we now take for granted were considered to be nothing more than fanciful flights of science fiction just a few decades ago. Travel has certainly seen its share of technological advances, and we’ll … read more

Down payment rules for Canadian home buyers

April 23, 2018

Down payments were introduced to provide stability to the mortgage market, and are a mandatory for all mortgages in Canada. In this Oaken Blog post, we’ll take a look at what you need to know about down payments when purchasing a new home. We’ll also review how the minimum down payment is calculated, as well … read more

Challenges facing the mature student

March 16, 2018

The number of older students returning to school has increased in recent years, as more workers are finding it necessary to upgrade their skills in order to adapt to rapid changes in the workplace. New technologies and updated practises have combined to impact not only how we carry out our job-related tasks, but also the … read more

7 tips to score great last minute travel deals

January 22, 2018

How many times have you heard someone bragging about the great deal they got by booking their trip at the last minute? And why can’t you find similar deals? Well, we’re about to give you seven tips that can help you find your own travel deals. But first, let’s clear up a little misconception about what … read more

5 tips to avoid getting phished in by email scams

March 21, 2017

The internet is a wondrous technological advancement that has made the world a smaller place, where virtually everyone is connected with everyone else. But the problem with the internet is that it has made the world a smaller place, where virtually everyone is connected with everyone else. In other words, even though you can now … read more