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Buying a home is one of the most exciting things you’ll do in your life. It represents a significant milestone that should be celebrated, but it also requires careful planning since there are so many steps involved. While it’s nice to think about what area you want to live in or what kind of furniture...read more

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Why I want nothing to do with FIRE

Have you heard of the FIRE movement? In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. People who FIRE aren’t looking to retire five or ten years early, they’re looking to do it in their 30’s or 40’s. That’s quite the goal and requires some careful planning. If you can...read more

Many Canadians aspire to be homeowners but don’t realize how many different costs are associated with buying a property. The obvious things you’ll likely need are a down payment and a mortgage, but there are plenty of other things you will also need to budget for before you start looking for a home. Here are...read more

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Debunking 7 common RSP myths

The Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) was created in 1957 to help Canadian workers save for their retirement. Despite being available for over 60 years, some persistent myths continue to exist when it comes to this long-running government registered savings plan. In this Oaken Blog post, we’ll look at some of the more common misconceptions and...read more

There’s no getting around the fact that for many, the past few months have been very difficult. Wide-spread job losses brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, and the need to maintain physical distancing to prevent further spread continues to leave people feeling isolated and concerned for their future. In recent weeks, hopeful signs have emerged...read more

Before my wife and I had our daughter, many people told me that kids are expensive. This wasn’t a surprise since it’s obvious there will be new costs to budget for such as childcare, activities and more groceries. We were fortunate to be in a good financial position when our daughter was born, but no...read more

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Staying safe in the sun

With many parts of the country dealing with heat warnings, it’s important to remember that when temperatures rise, you should take extra precautions to avoid the potential for heat-related issues. This includes such things as heat exhaustion or, in a worst-case scenario, even heat stroke. Younger children as well as the elderly are especially susceptible...read more

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