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Canadian Xennials feel financially overwhelmed

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Dec 04, 2017

Seventy per cent of Canadian Xennials – a micro generation of those aged 34-40 – say they feel overwhelmed due to juggling other financial obligations with saving for retirement, according to a survey...

Women lack confidence in their financial knowledge

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Nov 30, 2017

Though women are financially savvy, there is a gap with the level of confidence they have in their financial knowledge when compared to men, says a new poll conducted by Environics for EQ Bank, part of...

OSC report finds many millennials are saving but not investing

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Nov 27, 2017

Research released Nov. 27 by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) found that while four in five Ontario millennials (age 18-36) are saving, only half are investing. The new report, Missing Out: Millennials...

Many Canadians aren’t achieving debt reduction goals, says Manulife Bank survey

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Nov 27, 2017

Being debt-free is a priority for 64 per cent of Canadians, according to a survey released Nov. 23 by Manulife Bank of Canada, however only 31 per cent actually met their debt reduction goals over the...

Most Canadians have no plans to cut back on holiday spending

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Nov 24, 2017

Most Canadians are not planning to cut back on their spending this holiday season, according to a poll by released Nov. 20. Eighty-six per cent plan to be as generous, or more, this year versus...

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A Primer on Exchange-Traded Funds

In the face of volatile markets, many investors have focused on reducing the cost of their investments. According to Investor Economics, assets in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) rose to $89.5 billion in 2015 compared to $38.3 billion only five years earlier. Here's an informative piece from Russell Investments that talks about ETFs and the possible benefits they offer. Click here to download the piece.

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