Money Matters

#MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 44

This week Gail focused on asking Money Master Class participants daily questions about life and finances. The topics she touched on were: credit scores, wills, power of attorney, taxes, life and disability insurance, and investing.

Credit Scores

Gail has been pretty vocal during this year about how the credit score system is a scam. The unfortunate fact about the credit score system is that it does not truly measure how responsible you are with money. It measures how profitable you are for lenders.

For example, if you have never used credit cards or had debt in your life, you are not guaranteed to have a good credit score (or any score at all!). On the other hand, if you have debt and make regular payments, you are potentially going to have a good score.

Even though the system is not ideal, it’s still a good idea to know what your score is. In Canada, you can reach out to both credit bureaus and get a free report.

Equifax:
https://www.consumer.equifax.ca/personal/education/credit-report/how-to-get-a-free-credit-report/

Transunion:
https://www.transunion.ca/product/consumer-disclosure

In addition to the credit score number, your credit report will allow you to see any unusual activity that needs to be addressed.

Wills & Power of Attorney

Gail talked more about wills and power of attorney earlier in the year.

For more information on Wills, see Week 30
For discussion on Widowhood, see Week 27
For more information on Power of Attorney, see Week 31

Questions to Ponder

Gail asked some daily questions to get us all thinking about financial topics.

Taxes

Life Insurance and Disability

For more information on Life Insurance, see Week 28

Investment Portfolios

For more from Gail on investing, see Week 13
For more on Risk Assessment and Time Horizons, see Week 12

What question from this week stood out the most to you?

Missed last week? Check out my recap here: Week 43

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2 Comments

  • Ellis James Designs

    “Wills are about not only inheritances. You need someone reliable to implement your wishes, settle your estate and reduce conflict.”

    Couldn’t agree more. The number of families that fell apart because of inheritance…good lord.

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