Changes to Capital Gains Tax will Likely Spark Panic Sales

Changes to Capital Gains Tax will Likely Spark Panic SalesWill they or won’t they? Rumours continue to swirl that the Liberals plan to raise taxes by cutting back on the break Canadians get from capital gains — even though they’ve never campaigned on the issue. That concern could lead to some panic selling of assets as people try to avoid a deadline for something that may never happen or might include a grandfather clause…

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Relief May be on the Way — Tax on Both Sides of the Border

Relief May be on the Way -- Tax on Both Sides of the BorderU.S. citizens living in Canada not only have to file Canadian tax returns reporting their worldwide income, but they also have to file U.S. tax returns reporting the same income. That’s because the U.S. imposes taxes and filing requirements based on citizenship, not residency. To make matters worse, if the U.S. citizen holds a TFSA, RESP or RDSP, these accounts are not recognized as tax-preferred by the U.S. and the…

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Why a Capital Gains Tax Hike Might be on the Federal Budget

Why a Capital Gains Tax Hike Might be on the Federal BudgetWith the federal deficit now estimated to come in at $18 billion (or more), there is nervous speculation that Finance Minister Bill Morneau may go beyond the specific tax changes already detailed in the Liberal pre-election platform and introduce new measures in his March 22 budget to raise much needed tax revenue. One such measure being discussed in the financial and tax community is whether the government might raise the…

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Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSP

Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSPThe RRSP contribution limit deadline is fast approaching, and many Canadians have still not contributed to their accounts yet. Fortunately, there is still some time to add some stocks that can help fuel some growth for years to come. Here are a couple of companies to consider adding to your RRSP that are a good balance between growth and dividend payouts…

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5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain Weird

5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain WeirdMarkets have indeed been strange for some time now. Most investors are confused about whether to sell, or buy, or panic, or just go to cash and avoid the craziness. However, if you think more closely about things, you might come to the conclusion that markets are always strange. Investors and the market are just not … normal. Why do we say this? Let’s look at five reasons why markets…

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TSX, Wall Street Rebound in Global Stock Rally as Oil Prices Surge

TSX, Wall Street Rebound in Global Stock Rally as Oil Prices SurgeNorth American stock markets rallied Friday to close a week of losses with big gains, propelled by a more than 12 per cent jump in crude oil prices. The March contract for crude oil shot up US$3.23 a barrel to US$29.44. Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 293.87 points or 2.4 per cent at 12,381.24. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 313.66 points at…

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Debt to Continue Rising in 2016

Debt to Continue Rising in 2016Canadian households will close out 2015 carrying thicker layers of debt after worrisome gains over the past 12 months — extra padding that’s expected to get even fatter in the new year. But even with the borrowing binges, many experts still believe the finances of most Canadians remain in decent shape. This assessment comes as the country shows worrisome signs linked to consumer spending. It has a record-high debt-to-income ratio…

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Five Things Investors Should Not So in a Bear Market

Five Things Investors Should Not So in a Bear MarketMost markets, and certainly most currencies and commodities, are now officially in a bear market. That’s the arbitrary term for anything that is down 20 per cent from its peak. Of course, many stocks are down 40 or 50 per cent or more, so we might need a new term to describe them — zombie market? That is, dead but still moving? Many investors fear a bear market, because it…

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What Lessons Investors Can Learn From the $1.5-billion Powerball Lottery?

What Lessons Investors Can Learn From the $1.5-billion Powerball Lottery?The U.S. Powerball lottery and its “world record” US$1.5-billion jackpot (or thereabouts) certainly caused quite a stir over the past few days. Even Canadians, apparently, were scrambling to get in on the action, flocking to American border towns to buy tickets. Jeesh. I don’t want to be a party pooper, and 1.5 billion is a lot of shekels, but really, you’d probably have been better off putting the price of…

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