April 20th, 2016 is Talk with our Kids About Money

Be sure to circle April 20th, 2016 on your calendar.  It is  Talk with our Kids About Money Day.

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This day is set aside to focus on  encouraging and supporting parents, guardians, and teachers to start or continue such talks with youth. Canada’s Task Force on Financial Literacy noted that improving financial literacy was a shared responsibility, that it would be a lifelong process, and that it was important for financial education to be provided in our public schools.

Visit the Talk with our Kids About Money website here.

Youth Talent Show for the Black History Month

MONNAIE- MONEY // Youth Talent Show for the Black History Month

cropped-facebook-banner.jpgSaturday February 27th 2016, at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall located at 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Côte-Des-Neiges presents the 6th Annual Monnaie Money youth artistic talent show to promote financial literacy and civic engagement.

This event will be an occasion for the public to witness to a dynamic talent show and to discover our program which helps youth to become financially responsible.
We also would like to encourage youth to be leaders within their communities.
Doors open @ 6PM
Info : Brian Smith – Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Côte-des-Neiges
(514) 817-3941
brian.smith@hotmail.ca

The Monnaie Money Talent Show 2016 – Update

The Monnaie Money Talent Show would like to update you with the following announcements.

We will be presenting a Spring Fashion show produced by Carlton Fashions, this will take place at exactly 6:20pm, so we encourage you to come to the event at exactly 6:00pm when the doors opens.

At the end of the Monnaie Money Talent Show we will honoring 5 distinguished women who have contributed to the development of the Black Community in Quebec.

They are as follows:

  • Ivyline Fleming, President of the Jamaican Canadian Community Women’s League of Montreal Inc.
  • Yolande James, Political Analyst, Radio-Canada television (RDI TV), Former MNA and Québec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Minister of Family
  • Elizabeth Dembil, Executive Director of Le Carrefour de Liaison et d’Aide Multi-ethnique (CLAM)
  • Tiffany Callender, Executive Director of the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association.
  • Karen Licorish, Analyst TD Bank Group.

Also we are proud to announce that the artist Young Soul, the winner of the 2012 Monnaie Money Talent Show will be our special guest performer.

For media inquiries and tickets please contact
Brian Smith
(514) 817-3941
brian.smith@hotmail.ca
What you don’t know can cost you!

7 Signs That It Is Time to Talk to Financial Planner

Seeking professional help is always good thing.   Whether it is seeing a doctor for an financial-planningannual check-up or a dreaded visit to the dentist, we entrust professionals to monitor and manage various aspects of our lives for our own benefit.

Working with a financial planner is no different.   Although it does not rank as important as having access to a doctor, a financial planner can offer individuals various benefits in terms of money management through various periods of one’s life.

One of myths that some individuals have about working with financial planner is that you have to be wealthy. Not true. Deciding to work a planner is a process in which individuals should sit down and consider it if they experience the following seven signs.

1 – Having long term goals for your money

Whether it be having a house when you are 55 years old or being well off before you retire, long term financial goals are attainable especially with the assistance of a planner. With a clear idea of what you can do in terms of saving and investing money, a financial planner can provide you with right approach and tools to enable to reach your goals.

2 – Steady flow of incoming cash

If you are fortunately to be working full-time and relatively debt-free, you probably want to make your incoming cash work for you. If that is the case, you may want to see what a financial planner can do for you.   Knowing that you have a steady amount of money to invest on a monthly basis, a planner can recommend the appropriate strategy to help your money grow.

3 – Extra cash in accounts

Have you opened many savings and chequing accounts over years and want to do something with the cash? Why not consolidate the money and put it in the hands of a financial planner.   The planner will not only make the extra month grow but you have the peace of mind that the money is in one place.

4 – Not happy with your returns on savings account

Although there is nothing wrong with trying to managing your savings on your own, you may have a limited amount of knowledge and time to make your money thrive.   See small returns at the end of the month should prompt you to start looking for professional help. By either placing your savings in a high interest account or tax free savings account, the planner is in the best position to invest the money based on your needs and how comfortable you are with risk in terms of investing for the years to come.

5 – Planning for retirement

Want to retire comfortably without being concerned about paying for monthly expenses?   You may want to work with a financial planner to establish a retirement plan.   Taking into account that both government pension plans may not be sustainable going into the future, having access to a planner may allow you to have registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and or a tax free savings plan (TFSA) that are carefully built might be the best alternative for you.

6 – Understanding personal financial tools

Do you know what income splitting is? Are blue chip mutual funds the best for your portfolio? There are quite a few personal financial tools that are thrown around at tax filing time that may sound interesting and beneficially to you, however; there are not explained clearly. Sitting down with a financial planner will permit you to have a t personal financial tools that are thrown around at tax filing time that may sound interesting and beneficially to you, however; there are not explained clearly. Sitting down with a financial planner will permit you to have a tutorial on all the tools that have been discussed in the news and used by others in your age group and or financial situation.

 7 – Preparing for your family future

Having a family is costly process and money needs to be managed properly.   From paying the rent to paying for college or university, a parent must plan how money will be saved and invested in order for the expenses to be covered in the future. By working with a financial planner, you will an individual that will put your money away in the right places knowing that it is for your family future at the right time,

In the next column, I will discuss some of the questions that you should ask when you first meet with a financial planner.

8 Tips To Deal With Bank Fees

Do you ever wonder how the big banks continue to make billions of dollars, even in the ratesmost difficult economic times?

While they have made millions in interest from various personal financing tools (i.e., credit cards, loans and mortgages), investing in the markets and holding assets in the form of real estate, they easily generate profits thanks to bank fees. From debit purchases to overdrafts, banks attach fees to various products and services with the objective of making more money annually. Unfortunately, some clients are not aware of the fees that continue to drain their bank accounts.

Below are eight tips that will allow you to reduce the amount of bank fees that are debited from your account and will allow you to save more money on a month basis.

1. Find a better account

If you discover that you cannot afford to pay the fees that come along with your current account, then it is time to find another account and/ or bank. There are banks that offer low or “no-fee” accounts depending on what your needs are and the amount of money you have to deposit. Once you have assessed your needs (in terms of the amount of transactions and savings goals), you can consult the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s website where there is an account selection tool. This tool lists the various accounts and banks which you may want to switch to in the hopes of paying less in fees.

2. Reduce the number of transactions

The majority of banks attach fees to the number of the transactions that they perform for clients. If you are big fan of using your debit card for everyday purchases, maybe you should consider going back to using cash. Even though the fees are minimal, they can add up. According to recent reports, all of the Canadian banks are expected to increase their fees on debit purchases made by clients.

3. Reduce trips to bank machines associated with other banks

Banks are well known for their “convenience fee” that they charge individuals for using a bank machine, when the machine belongs to another bank. Although it’s easier and less time-consuming to use any bank with an automatic banking machine, it can be costly. The best way to avoid such costs is to withdraw enough money until you have the chance to get to your own bank. Another option is to open an account at the nearby bank where the fees are affordable.

4. Keep a minimum balance

Not knowing how much money you have in an account can cost you. Some banks can insist that you keep a minimum balance in an account or be faced with paying monthly fees. As a result, you have to keep track of the amount of money in that particular bank or transfer it to a “no-fee” account.

5. .Ask for senior accounts

Turning 60 soon? Some banks offer specific accounts that are free, or available at a reduced fee. However, you have to inquire about them at your bank. Be prepared to prove that you are, or turning 60, in order to be eligible for those accounts.

6. Obtain overdraft protection

Thinking about “insufficient funds” (NSF) charges every time you write a cheque? NSF charges can significantly threaten the amount of cash that you have in the bank on a monthly basis. In order to avoid the heavy fee on a regular basis, consider obtaining overdraft protection. Overdraft protection is a form of insurance that will allow you to pay a small fee in advance to avoid paying a larger NSF charge. Some financial institutions will apply the overdraft charge only in those months when you actually use the overdraft protection that you have invested in.

7. Go online

If you’re able to go online via a laptop, tablet or smart phone, attempt to do your banking online. Instead of going to a bank, why not conduct transactions by yourself.

8. Read your monthly statement

Are you aware of the fees that you pay per month? It is recommended that you examine the statement to see if you have been charged any extra fees and how much. Furthermore, be vigilant in terms of any new fees that you may be able to contest or ask to be waived.