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About Alison Griffiths

Alison Griffiths is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author and experienced broadcaster with a background in economics, investigative research and financial writing.

She has hosted the acclaimed television show Maxed Out for W Network and Dollars and Sense for Viva which dealt with all aspects of money from its impact on relationships to issues of debt and investing. For the past three years she has consulted with BMO in Canada and Harris Bank in Chicago about financial literacy for parents and children. She is also a board member with Credit Canada Debt Solutions, a national charitable debt counseling and financial literacy organization.

Alison writes popular syndicated columns for MSN Money and Metro Newspapers. She also blogs regularly for and is in demand as a speaker on money management.

Alison is author of the new bestseller, Count on Yourself: Take Charge of Your Money and co-author of 10 other books with David Cruise, which include The Portfolio Doctor: Your Prescription for Investment Health.

Alison and David’s groundbreaking exposé, Net Worth: Exploding the Myths of Pro Hockey earned international accolades for financial investigation and they co-wrote the CBC movie of the same name starring the late Al Waxman.

Alison and David’s bestselling first work of fiction, Vancouver: A Novel (2003) earned them a coveted Star Review in the U.S.-based Publishers Weekly.

Alison has received recognition from ACTRA, the Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Business Writing Awards, the Geminis, the National Magazine Awards Foundation Writing Awards, the Canadian Library Association, and the Robert W. Wagner Screenwriting Awards. She was also co-recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy for 1999/2000.

A feature-length documentary (2008) by Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky entitled Wild Horse Redemption, is based on Alison and David’s acclaimed, Wild Horse Annie & the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston (Simon & Schuster 2010). A feature film is currently underway.

Alison has hosted numerous programs including The Score, a CBC sports magazine show, Midday (CBC TV), the Canadian Investor (CTV), the Inside Track (CBC Radio) and Morningside (CBC Radio).

Alison has two daughters with David Cruise and one grandchild with another on the way. They live half the year on their farm in Ontario, Canada and the rest of the year on their farm in Florida with three horses and two dogs.

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What to look for in a new job

POSTED BY Alison Griffiths

A new job is like a new love. You have a chance to correct all the problems with previous relationships while resurrecting dreams that may have stalled in the past. MORE

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Dodging the cons

POSTED BY Alison Griffiths

It was a hot, muggy summer decades ago when my father tore open a package he hoped would change our lives. MORE

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When to convert an RRSP to a RRIF – early, at the last possible moment, or not at all?

POSTED BY Alison Griffiths

Thoughts of converting a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) can make one feel a tad old. Put a positive spin on things, and consider the switch to be a financial opportunity. MORE

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Snowbird pitfalls: Considerations for Canadians looking to buy property in the U.S.

POSTED BY Alison Griffiths

I’ve been a (working) snowbird in Florida for 5 years and I love it. My husband and I feel very fortunate. But, like everything else, there’s a learning curve. MORE

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Investing in your senior years: What’s the same? What’s different?

POSTED BY Alison Griffiths

As a senior, my father took the investing path less travelled. He eagerly flung his RRSP and then his RRIF money into one trendy idea after another. Sometimes what he chose was safe, like real estate, and other times it was a high-wire act all the way. In short, Dad never met an investing rule he didn’t break. MORE

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