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Our 20s are when we really start to think about our financial footing. You may have opened a savings account when you got your first part-time job in high school, but the first few years after college...
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We examined vacancy and rental rates (two-bedroom) from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and validated these findings with the latest data on population, employment and wage growth. Our research was further guided by insight from investors and other experts.
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As concerns about the impacts of climate change mount, the movement among investors to divest from fossil fuels is gathering momentum. Divestment -- the opposite of investment -- refers to ditching investments that are unethical, harmful or morally questionable.
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More recently than outrageous prices paid by royalty for pineapples in the days of Columbus ($5000 in current dollars), research by Stanford Professor Baba Shiv illustrates that the brain actually res...
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Is Ontario's new Fair Housing Plan, comprising 16 measures designed to stabilize the real estate market while protecting homeowners' investments, actually fair? Or foul? Or is it a fail, even? Well, that depends on what part of the housing market you're in.
The clean money revolution has been quietly unfolding since the 60s and is now showing signs of explosive demand. What's different today? The largest generational transfer of wealth in our history is underway. This estimated $50 trillion dollars of inherited capital can remake the world, even a world dominated by Trump.
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It seems like clockwork that whenever an investment strategy goes through a soft period of lackluster returns, the investment community questions its validity. You can almost set your watch to it. Thi...
A few years back, a longtime friend of mine gave me a tip on an offshore investment opportunity. Perfectly legal, she explained, and with a startlingly high return. As investment opportunities go, I thought it was somewhere between ridiculous and clinical insanity. And yet I was hard pressed to say no.
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In developing countries around the world, small business owners with dreams of doing more for their families and communities find themselves in this impossible situation.
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Taking a proactive, calm and collected approach to your finances has many benefits. But sometimes it's easier said than done. What are some strategies to reduce the impact of financial stress?
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Increasing communication skills to improve collaboration can assist an organization to become more effective as well as successful. When your employees and leaders are getting along with each other, there are fewer misunderstandings, so, workplace frustration also becomes reduced.
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If the year has taught us anything, what stands out is being different and not following the pack in consensus or action. While typical "hedge funds", as ironic as that sounds, struggled, not all were negative.
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When Victor Chiu first called me from Vancouver with his idea, it was pretty radical.
There are a number of similarities between Donald Trump and Natural Gas. Not only are both a surprise, seemingly sneaking up on us this year to rise to prominence, but like the rhetoric espoused by t...
The businesses behind the best entrepreneurs of 'Dragons' Den
Written by Wayne Karl Spend a few minutes watching W Network's reality series Hockey Wives, and you quickly realize two things. One - it's not at all like any of those Real Housewives shows riddled wi...
In July, we spoke a bit about what a Donald Trump presidency could mean. As we noted, his candidacy has massive implications both socially and for the markets, but we are not sure of what they are....
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The reality is that the performance of a commodity producing company is affected by many outside factors that could significantly impact their stock price.
It's reasonable to pay fees to have your money managed, but there are a lot of unreasonable costs that have somehow made a home in the financial world and really only benefit a small group of middlemen who distribute investment products to advisors (and maybe the golf courses they belong to). Before identifying some key costs, let's look at what 1% savings can do on a portfolio. These are two identical portfolios invested for 30 years and growing at 6%. One has a 1% additional fee paid each year.
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Every innovator and entrepreneur wants to leave their mark on the world, something they've created (possibly "the next big thing") or something that has truly made a difference. As a serial entrepreneur and innovator/designer, I've always been curious about how things work and matched it with a drive to solve a problem.
We believe that the current "free money" policies around the world of negative or zero-ish per cent central bank rates have not worked and do not work, and cannot understand why central banks continue to follow this course. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
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Want to know how long it takes to double your investments? Look no further than the old "Rule of 72." While no one has a crystal ball, this metric helps to figure out the length of time required to...
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The Client Relationship Model - Phase 2 (CRM2) is a new set of industry regulations meant to provide Canadian investors with more details on their investment costs and performance. It was developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators, an organization representing Canada's investment industry regulators.
The unsexy truth is, larger companies are better positioned to innovate than start-ups. They have more money, more man-power, a more trusted brand, and most of all, more ways to reach their customers. Out of all bank customers, some are technology enthusiasts who moved entirely to robo advisers as soon as they could.
On July 15, 2016, the CRM2 regulation or the Client Relationship Model - Version 2, which outlines the regulations to improve the disclosure of investment performance, charges and compensation to clie...
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Close to 42 per cent of investors believe the Canadian economy will enter into a recession in 2016, according to the Market Sentiment Report by Sun Life Global Investments. The numbers are even higher...
We list six reasons why it’s important to both save and maximize your hard-earned dollars.
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We all invest for the same reason, yet we don't all get the same results. It isn't just the investments we buy. Timing your next contribution or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) payment is abo...
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It may seem like you can’t afford to save, but there are daily opportunities to be frugal.
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There are many ways to save and invest, and both are important to your financial well-being.
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Want to be smarter with your money? Head to the app store to find hundreds of useful programs that help track your spending and organize bills so that you can head down the path toward affluence.
Real estate agents can talk about the upside of buying right now, but they don't explain the downside of carrying massive debt. Yes, you may build some equity if you purchase a home, but if you've mortgaged 90 per cent of it, very little of your payments in your first five to 10 years will go towards repaying principal.