Expect to see more of the kind of rainy weather and flooding we've seen recently in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Insurance companies certainly see more volatile weather ahead, and that's why they've been making changes to the coverage they offer for flooding of various types.
Are you protected against flooding? An increasing number of insurers are offering coverage against what they call overland flooding (from a river or lake). But some people may not be aware this coverage is available and thus haven't added it to their policies. Read this rundown on flood insurance and then read your policy or contact your insurer to see what coverage you have.
There's a lot you can do to minimize the risk of flood damage in your home. For example, keep your eaves troughs clear and your downspouts well away from the foundation of your house. Looking at buying a picturesque property located near a creek, river or lake? Consider the flood risk.
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Today's featured financial tool
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The question: "If my TFSA holds an exchange-traded fund that invests in U.S. equities, do I lose the tax withheld by the IRS?"
My reply: "The 15-per-cent U.S. withholding tax on dividends cannot be recovered when investing in U.S. stocks in a TFSA. Check this ETF tax primer for information on how U.S. dividends are treated in RRSPs/RRIFs, TFSAs and taxable accounts."
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