Canada and the Loonie Just Got Some Great News

Canada and the Loonie Just Got Some Great NewsIt looks like Canadian investors can enjoy a sigh of relief: the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled today that it wouldn’t raise rates. It also introduced an increasingly cautious approach by cutting the number of rate increases expected in 2017 and 2018. The long-run interest rate forecast was also reset lower to 2.9% from 3%. Why is this such a big deal? The loonie has faced an onslaught of pressures in recent months and years.  Read…

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Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual Funds

Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual FundsThe stock market continually garners a considerable volume of sensational headlines that fuel nervousness among investors. This coupled with the heavy-handed marketing of fund managers and financial planners creates the illusion that mutual funds offer superior and more accessible means for small investors to access the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Direct stock investing is still one of the best and possibly the easiest means of achieving…

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When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always Better

When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always BetterFor many years the question of whether the size of a hedge fund affects its returns has been hotly debated. Although there is ample evidence that a few legendary funds are able to manage billions of dollars and consistently deliver outsized returns to investors over the long term (especially on a risk-adjusted basis), there is mounting evidence that, at least in the world of hedge funds, smaller can be better….

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5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016

5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016We are generally very optimistic investors. And why not? We have, in 30 years of investing, seen nearly every crisis and market panic possible, and still markets are at record highs. We have no particular worries about current equity market conditions. However, that in no way means an investor should be complacent. We have not seen a major market correction in some time, and markets never go straight up. We…

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Why Canada’s Olympic Medalists Can’t Outrun the Taxman

Why Canada's Olympic Medalists Can't Outrun the TaxmanWhen Canada’s Olympic athletes returned home from Rio this week with a 22-medal haul, they were met at the airport by cheering family and friends as well as autograph-seeking fans. But some of them may also soon be greeted by the taxman looking for a piece of their Olympic winnings. In addition to the hardware the winning athletes brought home from the games, each Canadian medal winner will also receive…

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5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your Portfolio

5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your PortfolioOne of the fascinating things about the market is that, no matter how long you invest, or how much you think you know, there can always be new lessons learned. For a lot of investors, losing money — unfortunately — is often the cost of tuition for these market lessons. But, no investor is going to bat 1.000, and if you can at least learn from your mistakes then your…

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You Only Live Once

You Only Live OnceIf you’re of a certain age, YOLO needs no translation. For the rest of us, personal finance writer Jason Vitug has helpfully spelled it out in the title of his latest book: You Only Live Once. Vitug is American, as is his publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. but, as is often the case, the basic principles transcend borders. Vitug was a credit union executive who has turned financial guru…

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Most Millennials Don’t Expect to Become Millionaires

Most Millennials Don't Expect to Become MillionairesEach of us is now responsible for saving for our own retirement, but many young people aren’t feeling particularly optimistic about their ability to do so. Most millennials (64 percent) say they don’t expect to be able to accumulate $1 million for retirement over their lifetime, according to a Wells Fargo and GfK survey of 1,005 millennials ages 22 to 35 who are employed U.S. residents, but not working in…

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Investing in Group RESPs?

Investing in Group RESPs?Quite possibly one of the greatest things you can do for your children’s future is to open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for them.  This specialized registered account carries several benefits that ultimately help build money towards your child’s college education. Such benefits include being entirely tax free and the ability to receive government education grants to boost your balance.  Because the cost of college is always rising it…

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The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest In

The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest InInvestors, it seems, are always looking for the “next great thing.” Since individual stocks are so hard to pick, though, some investors look for investment “themes” instead. They figure if they can latch onto an emerging or hot trend, then it matters less what stock they actually buy within that trend — since they all might do well. This can, in our view, be a dangerous exercise. Usually “hot” themes…

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