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How and Why to Calculate Your Marginal Tax Rate

Taxes.  Yawn.  Right? Wrong. For many Canadians, taxes form the largest expense in their budget.  And for many employee-Canadians (vs. self-employed Canadians), you’re going to pay close to whatever your company’s tax slip says you’re going to pay.  And because tax is often withdrawn right from your paycheque, you might not even notice how much […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from our family to yours! I truly hope that you are able to relax and spend time with loved ones this holiday season. Whether or not you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas (the birth of Jesus Christ), the holiday season is symbol of hope and love. If you […]

How to Set Your Team Up for Success

Have you ever been part of a successful team and a failing team? I have, and I’m guessing you certainly have, too. Have you ever led a successful team and a failing team? I also have. You may also have, too. But perhaps most importantly, have you ever stopped and pondered the differences between those […]

Let’s Celebrate! How Was Your Year?

I’m pretty sure that most bloggers each have their “anniversary post”, particularly after their first year of blogging. Well, today it’s my turn. And interestingly, it corresponds with the tail end of the calendar year. So why wait for New Year’s to reflect? Instead, let’s take a short journey back right now and celebrate our […]

How and Why to Calculate Your Savings Rate

In late October I had the opportunity speak about how early retirement is more achievable than you might think, provided you take appropriate actions and make wise financial choices. Specifically, on slide 28, I provided a simple example of how healthy spending and savings patterns can open up many life choices. You could stop work […]

You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think

The following is an approximate transcript of the talk I gave at the London ON FIRE meetup in London, Ontario on Oct 30, 2018: You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think. 1. Good evening everybody. It’s great to see so many of you out here tonight. My name is Chris Urbaniak, and I’ve been part […]