Federal Budget 2022 Recap: Few Significant Changes for Investors

This past spring, the federal government delivered its budget with few significant changes for investors: no changes to the capital gains inclusion rate or federal income tax rates. Many initiatives address the hot housing market. Here are some highlights.

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During Volatile Times: The Case for Goals-Based Investing

Goals-based investing differs from traditional investing programs that generally allocate assets and measure progress based on market benchmarks. Instead, it focuses on the investor by mapping savings and investments to unique goals, which may involve specific time horizons and risk profiles, while measuring progress towards achieving these goals.

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The Worry of Recession? Reasons to Keep Perspective

With slowing global growth, persistently high inflation rates and as the central banks have taken a more aggressive position to combat inflation by raising interest rates faster than anticipated, the media has been preoccupied with evoking fear that a recession is imminent. While this is a legitimate worry, we suggest that maintaining perspective may be worthwhile.

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Inflation … What does it mean?

Filling up your gas tank in recent months is like seeing the bill for your toddler’s birthday party – “how much?” For a smooth family life, however, both must be paid.

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Wealth transfer: Preparing the next generation

Intergenerational wealth, on our TV screens at least, conjures images of Succession’s Logan Roy dismissing one of his weasel kids with a sneer and expletive. Roy, the fearsome patriarch, who built his business from nothing, watches in disgust as the heirs to his throne – who do no work of any note - connive and backstab in an effort to win the keys to more money and power.

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Should I stay, or should I go?

Between the pandemic, inflation, and geopolitical tensions, market uncertainty reigns right now. You might have heard some disturbing words, like shares “plunging”, prices “soaring”, and investment “volatility”. Many people, therefore, are asking themselves: should I take money out of the market and get back in when skies are clearer?

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The Timeless Wisdom of Warren Buffett

We may all benefit from some investing perspective as we experience increased volatility and rapid decreases across most equity markets. Who better to draw on for that wisdom than one of the most successful investors of our time, Warren Buffett. Many of Buffett’s messages are timeless. In fact, a more recent academic study analyzed years of Buffett’s shareholder meetings, which have attracted tens of thousands of investors from around the world, and confirmed that the Oracle of Omaha’s key messages has recurring themes.

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RRSP Season Reminders

Contribute — The deadline RRSP contributions for the 2021 tax year is Tuesday March 1, 2022. Contributions are limited to 18 percent of the previous year’s earned income, to a maximum of $27,830 for the 2021 tax year. Consider an automatic monthly contribution plan to avoid missing the deadline. 

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Be Aware: Use the TFSA for Longer-Term Investing  

Perhaps as a result of a confluence of factors — buoyant markets, social media influence and today’s ease of investing  — we have been receiving more questions about young investors who want to open up a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) for investing purposes.  

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The Short & the Long of It: GME & the Problem of Wealth Inequality

The rise and fall of GameStop (GME) shares captured the headlines in January. While it exposed the dangers of options trading, it highlighted a more endemic issue: the growing problem of wealth inequality.

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