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Three quarters of parents would give money to their adult children to help them move out

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Aug 01, 2017

Seventy-six per cent of parents with adult children say they would give their children money to help them move out, get married, or move in with a partner, and nearly half of them said they would give...

Proposed tax changes raise uncertainty for small businesses, says CFIB

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Jul 26, 2017

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has raised concerns over the federal government’s proposed tax changes, announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on July 18. Although the government’s...

Rising dollar, soft labour costs and energy prices are temporarily slowing inflation

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Jul 26, 2017

Recent gains in the Canadian dollar, soft labour costs and lower energy prices are temporarily holding back inflation, but in the medium term, the inflation rate is expected to rise, says a new report...

Manulife extends accelerated underwriting to age 45

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Jul 26, 2017

Manulife has announced that it will be offering accelerated underwriting for applicants up to age 45 as of July 29. Previously, this simpler process was available to clients ages 18 to 40. In February...

Industry falls in line with Genetic Non-Discrimation Act, but fight continues

Published by Thomas B. Russell B.Sc., MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. on Jul 26, 2017

Canada’s insurance industry is falling in line with the new Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, even as its industry association continues to fight against it, with some warning of anti-selection and major...

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Solutions - Winter 2016

In the Spring 2017 edition:
Should I contribute to an RRSP, TFSA, or both?
Benefits to an international investment passport
Serious sickness doesn't have to sideline finances

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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