Keep Calm and Plan for Volatility

Keeping your nerve when you see minus signs on your portfolio statement is not easy. Throw in a global pandemic, the rising cost of living, interest rate hikes, and a news cycle of war and political division, and it’s little wonder many investors want to exit the market and hunker down until the good times return.

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The Importance of Holding On

It has been difficult to find much market commentary that suggests positive developments in the financial and economic markets over recent times. The reasons are many: high and persistent inflation, more aggressive tightening policies by central banks and the prospect of recession. This has created significant uncertainty over the path forward.

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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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Keep Time on Your Side

Being invested can be one of the best ways to grow wealth over the longer term. Yet, after an extended period of gains, some investors may feel hesitant to put money to work in equity markets. While volatility was muted for most of 2021, let’s not forget that it is a normal part of equity markets. It is the price paid for the upside potential.

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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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Supporting the Cost of Higher Education: Tapping the RESP

With the return of autumn, many families have turned their attention to school. If (grand)children are off to pursue post-secondary education, the rising cost of higher education may be top of mind. As investors, we have the opportunity to assist (grand)children with education at all levels. For starters, we can provide advice about money, teaching the fundamentals of saving, investing, and taxes. We may also choose to put aside financial resources to support the cost. 

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Investing & the Art of Patience

It may be easy to overlook the importance of patience in investing. Instant gratification has become a way of life. We’ve been conditioned to expect instantaneous results through influences like on-demand television and one-click shopping. Many of us aren’t willing to wait more than two seconds for a website to load.

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Estate Planning: Having End-of-Life Discussions with Loved Ones

It is understandable that many of us prefer to avoid the subject of end-of-life planning, or at least try to put it off until the last moment. Yet, the pandemic should remind us of the importance of these discussions.   

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Estate Planning: Preparing for a Wealth Transfer

With over one trillion dollars of inheritances expected to be passed along over the next decade, taking action to preserve wealth across generations has never been more important.1 Does your estate plan protect this wealth transfer? Here are some considerations: 

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Cutting Through the Noise

Noise, according to Nobel-prize winning economist Daniel Kahneman, is the unwanted variability that can cloud judgment and impact decision making. We can make different decisions when influenced by noise, such as when we are upset, tired or hungry compared to calm, rested or well-fed. Kahneman shows how doctors give drastically different diagnoses to identical patients as a result of this noise. Most of the time, we are unaware of the noise and neglect it. Yet, by reducing it we can make better decisions.

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