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The ATB Home Buyer Guide

Buying a home? We have everything you need to know in our step-by-step guide to buying a home in Alberta.

Credit and Debt

7 important credit lessons

Here are 7 credit tips to help you avoid debt drama.

How to build good credit and avoid fraud

Credit cards are amazingly convenient. But before you start making purchases on your card, there are a couple things you should know.

Upgrade your life with a line of credit

Whether you’re looking to afford your dream wedding, fix the radiator in your car, or simply top up your investments, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) can help make it happen.

The dos and don'ts of credit card balance transfers

Credit card balance transfers offer you a way to borrow money from your credit card at a special, limited-time low rate. 

Saving and Investing

Budgeting 101

Budgeting lets you be in control of your destiny, and helps you spend and save with confidence.

Should you invest in GICs?

Learn more about when you should choose a GIC for your portfolio and when you should look for something with more risk and reward potential.

RRSP or TFSA...or both?

RRSPs and TFSAs are similar as they both provide incentives for Canadians to save and invest, but their differences will likely lead you to one or the other.

Is your emergency fund enough for the unexpected?

Albertans cannot control the unexpected, but you can prepare for it with an emergency fund.

Home Buying and Mortgages

What actually happens once you've made an offer on a home?

You’ve found your dream home, and you’re ready to make it yours. Here’s a handy timeline of what happens from when you make an offer to when you close the deal.

Renewing Your Home Mortgage: 10 Must-Ask Questions

Questions to ask when renewing your home mortgage, including what to expect when renewing, mortgage rates and terms, and tips for renewing.

Helping your child buy a home

Here are our top tips and resources for helping your child buy a home.

The true cost of buying a home in Alberta

Buying a home is an exciting time. Of course, a home has to feel good and work for your lifestyle, but it also needs to fit your budget.

Retirement

How can I increase retirement income with income splitting?

Income splitting is a way of moving income from the higher to the lower-income spouse. 

It's never too late to start investing in RRSPs and TFSAs

Even if you are close to retirement, it can still be beneficial to start investing in RRSPs and TFSAs.

Got room? Learn about your RRSP contribution limits

Your RRSP room is determined by your annual RRSP contribution limits. Learn how to best take advantage of all that room.

Advice for snowbirds

This checklist highlights some important things to keep in mind so you can keep your winter worry-free!

Students Education and RESPs

Understanding RESP options in Alberta

Learn about RESPs: how much you can contribute, what government grants provide, and what happens if your child doesn'tt attend a post secondary institution.

Maximize Your RESP Contributions

Take advantage of the government grant that matches up to 20% on your contributions to an RESP and learn about carry-forward room for missed contributions.

What do you need to withdraw money from an RESP

In order to withdraw funds from your RESP you'll need to complete some steps for validation. Read through as we uncover what these steps entail.

Scholarships, awards and where to find them in Alberta

Advice on where to start your scholarship search in Alberta.

Insurance

Including insurance in your financial plan

Insurance is an important part of any financial plan, and understanding your coverage is key

5 FAQs about travel insurance

5 things to know about your travel insurance before you go.

Alberta Lifestyle

The importance of teaching your kids about money

Tips for talking to your kids about money, including how to save it and it’s many uses, can create financial literacy at a young age.

Joint bank accounts: balancing the benefits and the drawbacks

If you are considering the convenience of a joint bank account with someone you love, make sure you take some time to ponder the pitfalls too.

Tips on sending money to loved ones—safely and securely

Here are a few tips on how to set you and your family up for success when sending money abroad.

4 warning signs of identity theft

Identity theft can wreak havoc on your personal and financial life, so it's important to spot identity theft warning signs before the crime gets out of hand.

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