McCall had started receiving social assistance after health problems forced him to leave his job. A payday loan for a few hundred dollars seemed like a good idea. "It was so easy," he recalled. But what McCall didn't fully understand was that the interest on his loan was being calculated biweekly, so every two weeks the amount he owed grew exponentially by 20 per cent. That translates into an annual interest rate of 546 per cent.
That's when the Bank of Canada will make its next interest rate announcement, on the heels of two consecutive rate hikes. "A lot of us with variable rate mortgages are on pins and needles because we're like, 'Are we going to get hit again?'" Concoran, 38, signed the mortgage for his two-bedroom condo in Stittsville back in June. Two weeks later, on July 12, the Bank of Canada announced a rate increase of .25 per cent, the first increase in seven years.
After a decade of low mortgage rates coupled with rising home prices, the common financial wisdom has been that a house is a good investment. But is it? Desirae Odjick, the Ottawa author of the personal finance blog Half Banked, did the math after buying her first home. Here's what she told the CBC's Karla Hilton. (Answers have been edited for length and clarity.) Q. You crunched the numbers. How did you reach this conclusion that a house is not a good investment?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".