How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion Rate

How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion RateWith the federal budget now set for March 22, 2017, investors with significant accrued capital gains in their securities portfolios are wondering whether a hike to the capital gains inclusion rate could be in the cards on budget day and, if so, is there anything they can do it about now. Of course, investors need only be concerned with capital gains taxes if they hold appreciated investments in non-registered accounts….

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Get Growth and Income Too

Get Growth and Income TooWhen it comes to utilities, investors expect a rich dividend. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN) doesn’t disappoint. Its annual payout of US$0.466 per share is good for a 5% yield for Canadian investors, as the U.S. dollar has been strengthening against the Canadian dollar. The high yield is secured by the company’s stable cash flow generation and a conservative payout ratio. What fuels Algonquin’s cash flows is its diversified…

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RRSP Deadline March 1 – Seven Tips For Making Last-Minute Contributions

RRSP Deadline March 1 - Seven Tips For Making Last-Minute ContributionsThe month of March is fast approaching, but there’s still time to contribute to your RRSPs. Hop to it now if you want to bulk up your retirement savings and offset the hit from the tax man. 1. Remember deadlines are deadlines. March 1, 2017, is the deadline for contributions for the 2016 tax year, and that means the latest you contribute is by the end of the March 1…

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Will This Canada Goose Honk for Investors?

Will This Canada Goose Honk for Investors?Dear Fellow Fools, Ah, the “IPO”. I wonder how many of us had even heard of such a thing prior to the late ‘90’s when tech IPOs were trumpeted by daily headlines and provided 1,000% opening day moves (based on loose recollection, perhaps a slight exaggeration). The initials stand for “Initial Public Offering,” and this generally refers to a time in a company’s life when it moves from the world…

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This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial Freedom

This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial FreedomBank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) is a terrific Canadian bank that is a great way to capitalize on growth coming from the emerging markets. The company reported strong Q4 2016 results, and that could be the start of a sustained rally to higher levels. There’s a huge amount of momentum coming from the international segment which will provide the company a nice boost to earnings. Although the company soared a…

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5 Steps To Take To Jump-Start Your Financial Success

5 Steps To Take To Jump-Start Your Financial SuccessLacey Hamilton hopes to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea to cheer on the Canadian athletes. To save for the trip, the 22-year-old Mississauga resident drops spare change and $5 bills into a 0.9-litre mason jar that she empties into a savings account when it becomes full. “I live on a cash diet as much as possible,” she says. “I find that’s the best way for me…

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In Debt and Afraid – Dealing with Debt Collectors

In Debt and Afraid - Dealing with Debt CollectorsIt’s a scary place to be — in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. The first-ever national survey of consumer experiences with debt collectors found consumers often faced calls that came too often, at odd hours and contained warnings of jail time and other threats. Some were contacted for debts they…

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5 Reasons Canada’s Economy is Looking up in 2017

5 Reasons Canada's Economy is Looking up in 2017After 2016, a year of ups and downs for the Canadian economy, there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting 2017 will be a better year. Here are five big reasons the economy could do a lot better than you might think this year. The job market is recovering It may be cold comfort to anyone still looking for work, but Canada’s job market ended 2016 on a bit of a…

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2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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