KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2014-2-5

web-search-greyEvery week we share news stories, blog articles and other interesting stuff from around the web that received the most views, shares, comments and overall interest on various KeatsConnelly social media outlets.Today we offer a mix of articles discussing finances and relationships, healthcare, and RRSPs.

In money matters, opposites don’t attract (www.advisor.ca)  When it comes to finances and relationships, Canadians insist on two things: being with a partner who shares a similar outlook on money (90%) and knowing about their partner’s finances, including income, debt and investments (87%), finds an ING DIRECT study. Also, 60% identify themselves as savers. Within this group, 58% wouldn’t consider marriage or a long-term relationship with someone who identified themself as a spender…

The country with the world’s best healthcare is.. (www.advisor.ca) Mover over Canada.  A recent report finds France, Uruguay and Malaysia rank as the top three countries that provide the best and most affordable healthcare in the world. France comes in first, finds InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index. This is because many French healthcare professionals in major cities speak English, and France has both public and private-sector healthcare. The public healthcare system is available to those who pay, or used to pay, into France’s Social Security system. This system offers excellent benefits, paying the bulk of the cost for a range of medical services that includes doctor’s visits, hospital stays and prescription medications…

Can frequent trading in an RRSP be treated as a business?(http://business.financialpost.com) When putting money away for retirement into an RRSP this season, if you’re like most Canadians, chances are you’ll probably either pick a mutual fund with a solid track record, an ETF, or even a blue chip stock or two to invest those long term savings. But for some investors, the RRSP, and in particular a self-directed plan, can be used as a vehicle to engage in regular, frequent stock trades, with the added bonus of not having to pay tax on any of that trading activity until funds are ultimately withdrawn from the RRSP or its common successor, a RRIF.

Check back later this week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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