Income disparities aren't easy to deal with. What if the higher-earning partner wants to switch to an altruistic, lower-paying job but fears being trapped in the breadwinning role? What if the lower-earning partner feels like a burden? Here's how to address thorny issues like these so you can build an equitable partnership.

Puny income growth is a fixture in the Canadian economy, new census data show. Our economic reality is that prosperity comes not from a growing paycheque, but rather from the stuff you do with the pay you get. Three strategies to follow: Invest in your career; Invest in your wealth; Make one significant cut in your household spending.

When a fixer-upper on a tiny lot sells for more than a million dollars, it's easy to dismiss the idea that you need to spend money to make money on your home. But investments, big or small, can produce big returns, even when it's already a seller's market.


People always seem to want to debate the validity of a budget. Second, only to insurance, budgets are the most misunderstood financial tool around.

Whether it’s out of dread or complacency, a lot of investors aren’t reading their account statements. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a survey in which investors were asked if they noticed any change during the past year in how fees and performance information was communicated by their advisory firm.

If you’re stuck in the same place without any prospect of promotion, you should think about why that is and what to do about it. Many people find it difficult to recognize the signs that it’s time to start looking for new employment. Do they see them but hope that things will improve, making a move unnecessary?