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Trade Wars – ‘The Yin and The Yang’

The Canadian and American economies are proving to be resilient in light of current global trade tensions and wars. U.S. consumer spending, which accounts for an outsized share of GDP, bounced back strongly, supported by the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. Canada’s wage growth and inflationary pressures have emerged against a steady, central bank … Continue reading Trade Wars – ‘The Yin and The Yang’

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Women and Wealth

Here are some interesting facts about Female Investors: -Women have accounted for over 50% of job gains, as gender wage gap still exists but has narrowed in 2019. -Women outlive men by 6 years on average. -By 2028, it is estimated that women will control $4 Trillion in financial assets and if real estate assets … Continue reading Women and Wealth

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Tariffs, Trade and Your Investment Portfolio

Canadians have an understandable bias towards building investment portfolios that own Canadian stocks and bonds. Our partners at National Bank Financial Economics suggest that the world of Trump tariffs and trade policies may require a new approach to how to analyze your investments. In an article from Investment Executive Canada, National Bank Financial recommends, “In this … Continue reading Tariffs, Trade and Your Investment Portfolio

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Record Canadian Jobs Report

Great news for the Canadian economy as a record number of full-time jobs was declared in April 2019 with 107,000 added. Our partners at National Bank Financial, Economics offers a balanced view of this one month surge.

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Outlook On Housing

Interpreting recent economic signals in the first quarter of 2019 is challenging. Housing markets in main urban centers are cooling. This is generally interpreted as a good sign and potentially averting a housing bubble. It appears that the new rules on speculation, foreign ownership and increasing mortgage rates have had a positive impact on a … Continue reading Outlook On Housing

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New Federal Budget and Tax Time

The new Federal Budget dropped on March 19, 2019 during a time when many Canadians are thinking about their 2018 Tax Filing returns. What do you need to know? A Number Of Perspectives We offer a few different perspectives on the Budget features and proposed changes. PWC provides a specific list of changes from a … Continue reading New Federal Budget and Tax Time

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Tax Tips for 2019

The New Year brings many tips to kickstart every age group’s 2019 financial resolutions. Need some inspiration to get organized? A Financial Post Article recommends steps to get your plans for wealth building this year kickstarted. HEY KIDS … YOU CAN EARN $12,000 TAX FREE Canadians can earn $12,069 under the basic personal exemption amount. High … Continue reading Tax Tips for 2019

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Does The Jobs Report Signal A Slowdown?

The Jobs Report for December was in-line with expectations.  “This is the worst performance in three years but it’s a pace we should get used to in the context of a tight labour market and a slowing economy,” indicates our partners at NBF Economics. Hiring plans continued to be widespread according to the Bank of … Continue reading Does The Jobs Report Signal A Slowdown?

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2019!  While December 2018 for investors may have felt more like coal in your stocking than a Santa Claus rally, we believe a return to normalized financial markets and interest rates in North America is beneficial in the longer run. What are your New Years ‘Investing’ Resolutions for 2019? Mercer offers a few to … Continue reading Happy New Year!

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Will They Or Won’t They Increase US Interest Rates?

Today is an important day for investors as it will provide a window into the economic outlook for the US economy and future interest rates increases. Our partners at NBF Economics have forecasted that the ‘Fed’ (US Federal Reserve) is seen as likely to take the Fed funds rate higher looking further down the road. … Continue reading Will They Or Won’t They Increase US Interest Rates?

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