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Investors value help from an expert

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

Although most Canadian investors (72 per cent) feel financially secure in the current market environment, the majority prefer to have the help of an expert when making investing decisions, according to...

Pre-retirees relying too much on their homes to fund retirement

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

Many Ontarians could be overestimating their ability to finance their retirement using their homes, suggests new research released today by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). The survey found that...

Millennial graduates say they regret taking on student debt

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

Two thirds of Canadian graduates under 40 say they graduated with debt, owing an average of $22,000, a study by BDO Canada Limited has found. The majority of indebted grads (62 per cent) say they are ...

Adult children causing financial strain on parents

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Sep 20, 2017

Fifty one per cent of Canadians with adult children say those children are still financially dependent on them while 45 per cent say their adult offspring are causing a financial strain, says a new survey...

Canadian parents are not taking full advantage of RESP grants

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Sep 15, 2017

The majority of Canadian parents do not take full advantage of opportunities when it comes to saving for their children’s post-secondary education, says a new Ipsos poll conducted for Knowledge First ...

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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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