Celebrating 50 Episodes: Take A Walk Down Memory Lane With Us (Ep. 51)



The Ride: Life, Work and Wealth has officially been running for 50 episodes. To celebrate, Kris Dureau is going through his top 6 most downloaded episodes, giving you an idea of what each one entails. 

This week, Kris details why each of these releases was such a hit, followed by important takeaways each one had to offer, giving you a crash course on his podcasting journey.

Kris gives an overview of:

  • What you should consider before making a big career decision
  • How to keep the cottage in the family and make sure you are saving on taxes  
  • Insight on when you should take your CPP payment
  • Why it is vital to write your life letters
  • And more!

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Fixed vs.Variable Mortgages: Here’s What You Need to Know with Derek Gold (Ep. 50)



Mortgage rates are on the rise. 

What should you do in this scenario?

Is it a good idea to get a fixed mortgage or variable mortgage? Do higher rates make it harder to qualify for a home loan?

In this episode, Derek Gold from Mortgage Scout joins Kris Dureau to unpack the different options you have when applying for home mortgages and repayments. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Derek outlines the differences between fixed or variable mortgages to help you decide which option may work best for you. 

Derek discusses:

  • Fixed or variable mortgages — which people seem to pick the most
  • The different types of mortgages
  • The importance of finding the right lender
  • The new criteria for qualifying for a mortgage
  • Advice for those with an increased line of credit due to home renovations 
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Derek Gold is a mortgage agent at Mortgage Scout. Derek brings over eight years of independent brokerage experience. With extensive experience servicing the residential needs of customers, Derek has structured sound solutions, from getting clients into their first home to helping them build their real estate portfolio and become rental investors. 




Protecting Your Portfolio from Inflation (Ep. 49)



When talking about protecting your assets from inflation, many of us automatically think about gold. 

While gold often manages to hold its value and to appreciate, it isn’t a perfect inflation hedge.

In this episode, Kris Dureau fills you in on ways you can protect your portfolio from inflation. Rather than gold, Kris shows you other assets that could end up performing better in today’s environment.

Kris discusses:

  • Which assets protect your portfolio during inflation
  • Ways inflation can impact retirees and pre-retirees 
  • The sources of income that tend to increase faster than inflation
  • The role of cryptocurrency when it comes to protecting your portfolio from inflation
  • And more!

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10 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Make Better Financial Decisions (Ep. 48)



To foster good financial habits for the future, it’s important for parents to talk to their children about money from an early age. You can start by simply opening a bank account for them or giving them a wallet/piggy bank.

In this episode, Kris Dureau will help you discover easy ways to educate your children about money and smart financial decision-making. Teaching them this discipline and the value of money could jump-start their journey towards being financially free adults! 

Kris discusses:

  • How to help your kids develop a healthy money mindset
  • Why teaching delayed gratification from young age is so important
  • Whether you should give your kids an allowance
  • Where your kids should save their money 
  • And more

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15 Quick Tips to Secure Your Finances Now and in the Future (Ep. 47)



Financial planning is not just about securing your tomorrow. It’s also about living a better today.

In this rapid-fire style episode, Kris Dureau walks you through 15 quick-hit tips to help you get a better handle on your finances, both now and in the future. Investments, tax planning, wealth transfer, debt management —Kris covers it all!

Kris discusses:

  • Accounts you should regularly contribute money towards
  • Steps you can take to weather market volatility
  • How to keep your finances organized (for you, your family, and your advisor)
  • Often-overlooked financial planning areas 
  • And more!

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Tax Filing Best Practices with Gary Armstrong, CPA, CGA (Ep. 46)



Tax season and tax filing season can be stressful if you are not well prepared.

Learn how to make things easier when filing your taxes next year in this episode of The Ride: Life, Work and Wealth with Gary Armstrong, chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant at Green Private Wealth Counsel – Harbourfront Wealth Management.

This week, Gary provides some best practices for you to put into practice when filing your taxes next year. He unveils key components you need to be aware of to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Gary discusses:

  • Why you shouldn’t file your taxes too early
  • The difference between credits and deductions
  • Changes in tuition credits
  • What fees you can deduct from your portfolio
  • What you should know about income tax on foreign properties
  • The truth about accessing the CRA as an accountant
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Gary Armstrong is a chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant (CPA, CGA) with a specialization in taxation through the In-Depth Tax Course offered by CPA Canada.  Before joining Green Private Wealth Counsel, Gary worked for almost ten years at a local accounting firm that focused on personal and corporate tax services for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Before that, Gary worked in 2 different large international accounting firms providing general accounting and US personal tax services.


The Four Wealth Destroyers (Ep. 45)



What reduces wealth — do you know? 

Find out in this episode, as Kris Dureau explains how taxes, inflation, fees, and overreacting to the market impact our savings, income, and investments. He also unveils ways we can avoid making common mistakes and make better decisions with our money.

Kris discusses:

  • The importance of working alongside helpful and supportive financial advisors 
  • Ways taxes, inflation, fees, and overreacting to the market impact our savings and investments
  • How to curb and overcome common wealth destroyers
  • The value of being aware of our emotions during times of volatility
  •  And more!

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The asset classes featured in this podcast are for illustration purpose only, this should not be viewed as a solicitation of buy or sell. Always talk to a professional before investing to know if the product is right for you. Past performance does not necessarily predict future results; each asset class has its own risks.




The Ins and Outs of Pension Planning (Ep. 44)



Whether you’re retiring or changing jobs, remember to always have your pension plan in mind.

In this episode, Kris Dureau helps out the 37% of Canadians who still have pension plans. With an all-time high of employees moving jobs, here is how you can start planning around the options you have so you can get the most out of your employee pension.

Kris discusses:

  • The types of pension plans
  • What happens to your pension if you leave your job
  • What you should know about withdrawing from your pension before retirement
  • Taxable pension plans
  • And more!

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Parenting & Child Development in the Era of a Pandemic with Dr. Dona Matthews (Ep. 43)



Throughout the pandemic, the main focus has been on jobs, working from home, and the change in our day-to-day activities. 

However, what about our children? How have they been coping with the ebbs and flows of the pandemic?

In this episode, Kris Dureau speaks with developmental psychologist and author Dr. Dona Matthews to unveil how child development has changed over the past two years while outlining the value of mental health support and resources for parents and children.

Dr. Matthews discusses:

  • Ways the pandemic has changed childhood
  • The importance of incorporating mental health resources for children dealing with behavioral and academic problems
  • The value of parenting support for teenage children
  • Maximizing time between working from home and children
  • And more!

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About Our Guest: 

Dr. Donna Matthews loves working with parents and kids, helping them figure things out so they can live their best lives. She also enjoys working with teachers, helping them find their own best ways to support children’s and teens’ learning and well-being.

Dr. Matthews has also co-authored co-edited several books: 

  • Being Smart about Gifted Learning: Empowering Parents 
  • Kids Through Challenge and Change
  • Beyond Intelligence: Secrets of Raising Happily Productive Kids 
  • The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span
  • The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education

She lives in Toronto with her husband Stephen Gross and their blended family of four kids—Robin Spano, Alex Gross, Erin Kawalecki, and Ashley Gross—and their amazingly perfect spouses, as well as their children, her cherished grandkids: Theo, Sasha, Zoe, Jackson, Devon, Simon, and Riley.


Start Getting Your Time Back with Family Offices Services with Paul Marion, CLU, CHS (Ep. 42)



Do you want to start saving time so you can focus more on the things that matter the most to you?

In this episode, the executive managing director of tax and wealth at Harbourfront Wealth Management, Paul Marion, joins Kris Dureau to unveil everything you need to know about family offices and how they differ from traditional wealth management firms. Paul explains how family offices offer clients the control and flexibility they need when having a team managing their finances and investments.  

Paul discusses:

  • The purpose of  family offices and the reasons they have increased over the past years
  • Reasons why a family office may be a right fit for you
  • How to get started with your family office
  • The practical side of family offices 
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Paul Marion is a demonstrated leader with over thirty years of senior management experience. Having dedicated the past two decades to championing growth and innovation within the Canadian financial industry, Paul has held several leadership roles and now serves as the executive managing director of tax & wealth planning at Harbourfront Wealth Management.

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