The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017

The TFSA Cap will Stay at $5,500 for 2017The annual TFSA dollar limit will remain frozen at $5,500 for 2017 and, in fact, may be stuck at that level until at least 2019, as a result of years of low inflation and the unusual rounding mechanism built into the TFSA limit. This week, the Canada Revenue Agency announced the inflation rate — 1.4 per cent — that will be used to index various personal income tax and benefit…

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3 Top REIT Picks For 2017

3 Top REIT Picks For 2017It has been an interesting year for Canada’s REITs. The early part of the year was marked by weakness in Alberta, especially the office market. Demand dried up as many oil companies either went bankrupt or downsized. The rest of the year was dominated by interest rates. First rates crashed with negative rates in Japan and Switzerland making headlines. This sent the price of REITs higher. That was followed by a steady…

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Why Even a Crystal Ball is No Guarantee

Why Even a Crystal Ball is No GuaranteeA great deal of investment analysts’ time is spent trying to predict the future. How will the new iPhone sell? How many new automobiles will be sold in Europe next year?  What will next week’s employment numbers look like? Who will win the next election? And what will the Fed do about interest rates in the coming quarters? These questions are important to these analysts not because of the answers…

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4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31

4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31Tax planning may be the last thing on Canadians’ minds as they get ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. But now is the time to take advantage of credits and benefits available to you until Dec. 31, says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Private Wealth Management. Otherwise, you may be leaving money on the table that you won’t be able…

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These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump Presidency

These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump PresidencyAccording to a new report from Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY), Canadian utility, telecom, and real estate stocks will face mounting headwinds under a Trump presidency. Their report, titled “The Corner of Bay and Trump,” highlights how higher U.S. fiscal spending combined with tax cuts is likely to lead to higher U.S. inflation rates. Why would higher U.S. inflation rates be a threat to the Canadian economy? The loonie is set…

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Don’t Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn’t as Bad as Believed

Don't Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn't as Bad as BelievedMarkets whipsawed wildly once it became clear that outsider Donald Trump had ascended to the Oval Office. For a brief moment, it appeared the cataclysm that many economists and analysts on Wall Street had been dreading had finally arisen. It was feared that Trump’s regressive policies on immigration, foreign aid, trade, and taxation would spark considerable volatility and eventually lead the U.S. into a recession. Nonetheless, after Trump addressed financial…

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History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian Stocks

History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian StocksAny slump in Canadian stocks in the wake of the U.S. presidential election will be fleeting, history suggests. And while this isn’t any normal election, market strategists say the brighter outlook for energy outweighs rising qualms about the outcome. Canadian stocks tend to sell off on a change in the White House, regardless of the winner, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index tumbling in the aftermath of eight of the past…

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How to Avoid the Next Dividend Disaster

How to Avoid the Next Dividend DisasterThe protracted slump in crude and the ongoing weakness of commodities over the last two years triggered a dividend crisis for Canadian investors. A raft of dividend darlings in the energy patch slashed or even terminated their dividends as they battled to shore up over-levered balance sheets and protect diminishing cash flows. This wasn’t only restricted to energy stocks. Dividend cuts occurred across the TSX as companies sought to rein…

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Why You Should Ignore Share Prices

Why You Should Ignore Share PricesIt’s easy to get caught up in stock prices as they move up and down, especially when there are large swings. However, focusing on share prices can actually be hazardous to your portfolio’s health if you end up overtrading due to emotion. Here’s why you should ignore share prices and focus on other things that are more telling. Why share prices don’t tell you much The share price doesn’t tell…

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The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor Pain

The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor PainWe’ll try to round up some scary things in the market for our column in two weeks, just in time for Halloween. In the interim, let’s go back to some more basic investment rules and guidelines that all investors should pay attention to. There is never just ONE dividend cut When a company’s fortunes change enough to require a cut in the dividend, the board of directors — almost always…

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