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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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Five Steps To Succession Planning

Let’s face it, Canadian Entrepreneurs avoid succession planning. It is like Estate Planning for your business, yet similar to a will, it is often human nature to avoid planning for transitions. If not addressed, your legacy is in jeopardy. Once of the most effective ways to build a succession plan is through an advisory board. … Continue reading Five Steps To Succession Planning

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Update To Tax Changes for Business Owners

As we enter the last quarter of 2018, more than a year after the proposed federal tax changes that impact entrepreneurs and business owners, a reminder of the changes is helpful especially for those that have an investment implication. These impacts include: After the 2018 tax year, the small-business deduction limit will be reduced by … Continue reading Update To Tax Changes for Business Owners

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Yellow Light For Global Investors

Rising protectionism with emerging trade wars and tariffs are moving from the rhetorical to the possible over the summer. Concerns over protectionism have cast a financial funk over global markets despite record earnings in many cases. Downside risks to the Canadian economy have arguably increased amidst an apparent deterioration in the trade relationship with the … Continue reading Yellow Light For Global Investors

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Canada’s Economy Brightens and Inflation Heats Up

Inflation is the thermometer of economic activity in Canada, which is heating up. Our partners at NBF Economics point out that inflation is rising in Canada led by food prices. These particularly impacts retirees and working families the hardest as they have rising expenses and/or fixed income lags the increases in inflation. May’s 2018 Canadian … Continue reading Canada’s Economy Brightens and Inflation Heats Up

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