Weekend Reading – RRSP Deadline Edition

The deadline for your RRSP contributions is March 2, so you’ll want to use this weekend to take a quick look at your contributions and see if you’re able to reach your maximum contribution level.

Related: RRSP Loans: Positives and Negatives

With tax season in full swing, Barry Choi asks whether you complete your own tax return or hire a pro. If you’re looking to get the most for your tax dollars and have a fairly complicated return I would recommend seeing an accountant.

Related: 4 Things Your Accountant Won’t Tell You

LSM Insurance discusses the financial stress test that many of us are failing, and over 75% of us stated they would be financially devastated if they had to leave work because of a disability.

The Financial Post writes that with the rising power of the TFSA, is the RRSP even relevant anymore? Ideally everyone should use both, as thy both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Related: Hidden Advantages of the TFSA

If you subscribe to cable and need more business news, you’re in luck – Bloomberg Television is set to launch a channel here.

Related: How I Saved $684 on Cable and Internet

Alberta is currently feeling the effects of low oil prices, and the obvious answer is to create a diverse economy - which is more complicated than it seems.

When it comes to stock screening, there are tons of methods to use. Kapitalust writes about using earnings yield as a simple valuation screening technique.

Related: The Basics of Analyzing Financial Statements

Underground counterfeit markets cost companies billions of dollars every year. In case you missed it, here is a special on the effects of counterfeit sports apparel on the industry.

Boomer & Echo has one simple test for our financial advisor – mainly asking questions about anything and everything you don’t understand. When it comes to financial services, transparency is key and you need to know what you’re paying for.

Here’s an interesting writeup on how to avoid bankruptcy with a consumer proposal from the Canadian Finance Blog.

Finally, Sheryl Smolkin writes about how much of your savings can be sheltered from taxes.

3 Qualities of Successful Rental Listings

Thousands of rental listings are popping up across the country now that the affordable market has tightened. The potential for rental profit is high, since U.S. renters spent $441 billion on rent in 2014 alone. In Canada, a recent survey showed that 43% of every dollar is spent on housing-related costs (mortgage, rent, utilities, etc).Continue Reading