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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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‘Tis the Season for November Jobs Report

Canada seems to be experiencing a “Santa Claus” rally in its most recent, very positive jobs report. Our partners at National Bank Financial offer a very merry review of the November jobs report. All expectations were meet or exceeded with job gains in the private sector (+79K), but also in government (+8K) and for self-employeds … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for November Jobs Report

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Monday Monitor: Have Interest Rate Hikes Had An Impact?

As the NAFTA 2.0 trade deal (USMCA) is finalized and the trade uncertainty is resides, it still appears that successive increases in interest rates are already having an impact in key sectors such as housing and autos. Many investors are asking — where are we as it relates to the next steps of economic growth … Continue reading Monday Monitor: Have Interest Rate Hikes Had An Impact?

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Unrealistic Views Of Risk and Return

Do investors have a realistic view of risk and return? As we recently pass the 10th anniversary of the Financial Crisis of 2008 with significant volatility in the financial markets, insights about investor sentiment were surveyed. Why is sentiment important? Simply put, it can move markets. Here are some of the highlights of the research … Continue reading Unrealistic Views Of Risk and Return

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Interested In Interest Rate Trends?

Canadians, whether borrowers, lenders or savers have been attuned to rising interest rates in 2018. Rates are on the rise and where they go depends upon external forces such as exchange rates with trading partners and equity markets. The Canadian economy had a solid month with positive employment figures, settlement of the US NAFTA 2.0 … Continue reading Interested In Interest Rate Trends?

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Trump Trades and Tariffs Update

After months of negotiations and looming tariffs, Canada finally agreed to a revamped trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico. The “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” (USMCA for short) will replace NAFTA. Financial markets were indifferent to the new NAFTA, as Canada averted deepened trade wars and was able to protect the essential auto industry from steel … Continue reading Trump Trades and Tariffs Update

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