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Are you helping your parents by paying for groceries, house bills or even funding their retirement? The overwhelming trend in Canada is for parents to be supporting their adult kids financially. But today, we’re talking to the Gen Z and millenn
If you’re a renter, you already know how unaffordable it’s getting. So how are people dealing with the rising costs? And what does it mean for their other financial goals - and for their life? We hear from a 25-year-old renter in Kelowna, B.C.,
In this bonus episode, we're bringing you an episode of City Space, a podcast from The Globe about how to make our cities better.A generation ago, a middle-class income could buy you a detached home in a big city. Now? Folks are finding they ne
2021 was a year of surprises in personal finance. Who would have thought inflation would take off, housing could get even hotter and that job-hopping would be commonplace amid a global pandemic? So, what’s next? In this episode, Rob and Roma as
If you’ve bought anything online recently, chances are you’ve seen the buy now, pay later (BNPL) option when checking out. BNPL is an instalment payment plan that allows you to spread out the cost of your purchase over several increments, and o
If you drive a car, buy groceries or pay for shelter, chances are you’ve noticed that right now you’re paying a lot more for things than you did last year. With the inflation rate  higher than it’s been in decades, how concerned should you be?
If you’ve listened to our show over the last few seasons, you already know that soaring home prices have caused all kinds of problems for Gen Z and millennials looking to buy in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver. The search for more afford
Your favourite personal finance podcast is back for a fourth season. Join hosts Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw as they talk to real people and experts to tackle the money questions that have been on your mind. Coming up this season: what rising inf
Investing has been one of the biggest financial stories of the pandemic. There was the stock market crash in March 2020, followed by a huge rebound. We’ve heard about meme stocks and cryptocurrencies. But what does it all mean for Gen Z and mil
One way to cut housing costs is for multiple generations of a family to live together: often children, their parents and their grandparents. The concept isn’t new and it has many benefits, including affordability in expensive housing markets. B
Paying for childcare is not the first or second thing that comes to mind when you decide to start a family. So how do you plan for the impending costs that can be so high in Canada that some call it “the second mortgage”? We hear from Kristi, a
The pandemic ruined many wedding plans. But even before that, a culmination of peer pressure and over-the-top consumerism had pushed the cost of weddings sky-high. It's made some couples ask: What is a wedding worth? We hear from Jasmine, a gla
Fewer spontaneous coffees, commuting costs and vacations have left some with a tidy sum in their savings. This week, we're sharing an episode of The Decibel, The Globe and Mail's daily podcast hosted by Tamara Khandaker. In this episode, Rob an
A lot of people feel uncomfortable negotiating with their boss for a raise and other perks. But if you don’t ask, you won’t get. And it’s definitely a lot easier to save money if you’re making more of it. We hear from a group of friends (who te
How much does it cost to be single? And how do you set yourself up for financial success with half the earning power? We hear from a 34-year old woman who experienced a breakup and realized the importance of having financial independence regard
Here’s the dilemma: The real estate market is too hot where you are but you still want to buy a home. During the pandemic, there has been a surge of Canadians who are leaving big cities in search of real estate - and we mean really leaving. Wha
One of the biggest surprises of the pandemic has been the incredible rise of house prices in major cities and smaller towns across the country. It’s great if you’re selling. But for young Canadians with dreams of buying a home, it’s demoralizin
Stress Test is returning for its third season of pandemic personal finance. Join The Globe's columnist Rob Carrick and editor Roma Luciw as they delve into more of the topics impacting your wallet one year into COVID-19 lockdowns. On deck this
Are you getting financial help from your parents or family? Do you feel guilty or embarrassed about it? If the answer is yes, you are far from alone. In the final episode of this season of Stress Test, we look at data showing the surprising ext
Feeling beaten down by work? In this episode, we talk about young adults who crave financial independence and are willing to save and invest aggressively to gain that freedom. Rob and Roma discuss the practicality of the F.I.R.E. (Financial Ind
Do you feel you’re not really “adulting” unless you own your own place? Are you embarrassed to admit you’re still a renter? Rob and Roma take on the long-standing narrative that says property ownership is the best path for everyone and map out
Yeah, we know. New Year’s Resolutions have a bad rep. But what better time to reassess your financial health than in Year Two of a global pandemic? In this episode, Rob and Roma talk money goals and share some personal finance resolutions you m
When it comes to food, the pandemic has transformed our spending habits. But are we saving money? How have we replaced restaurant and bar spending? Are meal kits and online grocery shopping here to stay? In this episode, Rob and Roma dig into t
Has being in lockdown made your condo feel like a shoebox? Are you thinking about giving up on downtown living for more space in the suburbs? You’re not alone. In today’s episode, we look at the why some young adults are abandoning city living
High rent and house prices have many young Canadians moving in together early to share costs. But what happens when one’s a spender and the other’s a saver? And what if one partner makes significantly more money, or has more debt? In this episo
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