Canada Investing

Bridging The Confidence Gap Between Women And Wealth

Cindy Crean | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Business
Cindy Crean

With a longer life expectancy, women have to realize the impact that overly conservative investing can have on their ability to reach their financial goals.

How To Invest Wisely Using Your Travel Experiences

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Business
Pramod Udiaver

Investing is no different than being on a long vacation. You need to start with a destination in mind, and build your plan to get there. Think of the last time you took a long vacation. How did you plan and execute? What was your experience? What lessons did you learn?

7 Scary Money Moves Investors Should Avoid

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Pramod Udiaver

Halloween is almost here, and for adults there isn't really much to fear (except maybe running out of candy). In real life there are some truly terrifying money moves that all investors should avoid. Here are seven money mistakes people make and the fixes that can take your finances from scary to successful.

5 Reasons to Convince Your Parents to Get Out of Mutual Funds

Tea Nicola | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

We've all probably met a financial advisor who told us to buy a "balanced mutual fund," and hard sold their own company's "top performing" fund. They tell a good story, but do they really have our best interests at heart?

Here's How to Invest in a Volatile Economic Cycle

David Lester | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

My overall idea is that by owning the dividend paying stocks outright you have the potential to make even more money and you know I love to do that. Creating a portfolio that is diversified and paying solid dividends will ensure a retirement asset to fulfill your goals and aspirations. Start paying more attention to your money and it'll pay you back with dividends.

Prudence Is an Investment Virtue

Som Seif | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Business
Som Seif

The markets are risky. They are a great thing, but they aren't a sure thing. If you want to achieve a return greater than cash, you need to accept some risk to do it. Once you understand this, the good news is there are ways to manage this risk to make it work better for you and provide a higher probability of success.

How to Pick the Right Dividend-Paying Stocks

Som Seif | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Som Seif

Dividend paying stocks can offer it all -- high current income and capital appreciation potential -- but only as long as you pick the right ones. Research has shown that dividends have proven to be the primary source of real return for investors, making up over 80 percent of stock returns net of inflation. The real strategy in winning with dividend stocks is simply by not losing -- avoiding the low quality companies.

5 Ways to Put Your Cash on Cruise Control

David Lester | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

It's fall now, and there is so much to do that is more fun than paying your bills. Wouldn't you rather carve pumpkins, shop for new turtlenecks, or take the kids for a drive to see the changing leaves? Why not set up your money tasks so that they are off your to-do list PLUS make some bonus money while doing it?

Should Millennials Use Robo-Advisors to Manage Their Money?

David Lester | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

Investing in ETFs with the help of a robot or on your own is a great way to get a toe into the market. It could be a great option for the millions of millennials who are interested in "setting it and forgetting" it. More and more millennials go online to get Ubers, pizza, dates, and entertainment -- why not also have your money managed that way too?

How Does Canada Tax My Investments?

Tea Nicola | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

Albert Einstein once said, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes." -- you can rest assured that it is not a simple subject. Taxpayers are expected to understand it well enough to be able to make good decisions about our own financial situation. But if understanding basic income tax isn't enough of a headache, the taxes on investment earnings (such as in your RRSP) represent a whole new territory.

5 Things You Should Know About Robo-Advisors

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business
Pramod Udiaver

We know there is a lot of confusion out in the market about what a robo-advisor is and how it works. The term robo-advisor (a.k.a. online advisor) refers to the convenient online delivery of investment management services and online access to your investment portfolio.

5 Money Hacks for Reducing Student Debt

David Lester | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

The average Canadian comes out of school with around $27,000 worth of debt and, based on an entry level job, the monthly payment will take up a significant amount of your disposable income. When I graduated, I traveled Europe for three months and then bought my first condo. It was all because of the steps I had taken when I was in school. Make sure that you sow the seeds of your financial success now.

Are Canadians Getting the Most From Their Retirement System?

Bob Stammers | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Bob Stammers

As provincial and federal governments attempt to improve our retirement system, one has to ask whether Canada currently has an ideal system and what can be done to strengthen it. Determining the best way forward can be challenging, since retirement security spans government politics, employer practices, individual investor education and cultural differences.

What Canadians Do When Markets Tank

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- So who is panicking amid the current volatility on global equity markets? Apparently not most Canadian retail investors, according to a new...

Plan Ahead to Minimize Future Education Costs

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Pramod Udiaver

For most young parents, approaching the new school year means getting the family prepared and equipped, and that comes at a cost -- on average, Canadians spend $428 per child to get them ready for school. While the annual cost of sending your children to school is high, there are some much larger costs coming down the road if your child plans on attending college or university.

Three Important Lessons I've Learned in Investing

David Lester | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

It was now the year 2000 and the tech boom was exploding along with my stocks and money. Before I was even 20 I had learned a lifetime of investing strategies and lessons. After all of that here is what I have learned.

5 Reasons to Consider Using a Robo-Adviser

Tea Nicola | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

If the term robo-advisor conjures up images of C-3PO controlling your money, you can relax; robo-advisors aren't really robots. They're simply an innovative way for wealth management firms to leverage technology to create a modern online experience for the benefit of their clients.

The World Needs More Green Bonds

Andrea Goertz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Green bonds are a new type of financing that make it easier for organizations to fund projects that deliver positive environmental and climate benefits. Green bond proceeds exclusively fund green initiatives and, unlike traditional bonds where investors do not have visibility into how the funds will be used, require transparency so investors can see that the funds are being used to benefit or protect our planet.

Keep a Money Diary and Become Better With Your Spending

David Lester | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

I have had a money diary for as long as I can remember. I like to write down things like new investment ideas, work ideas, my goals and net worth target for the year. When I'm on vacation I use my diary to write down everything that I want to see and what I've spent that day.

Market-Cap Weighted Indexes: Buyer Beware

Coreen T. Sol, CFA | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Business
Coreen T. Sol, CFA

My intention isn't to predict anything about the future of Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). Instead the message is a reminder of how holdings in any market-cap weighted investment vehicle is impacted by the change in size of its constituents.

Why Dividend Stocks Dominate My Portfolio

Nanci Murdock | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Business
Nanci Murdock

I love my friends. Most are kind, two are funny. Three are generous, and another is shrewd. But my BFF? That friend would be my dividends. My proposition to you is that you start to invest. And high-quality dividend stocks with a track record of increasing their dividend payouts are a fantastic place to start.

Why Investing is a lot Like Weight Loss

Nanci Murdock | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Business
Nanci Murdock

After losing 20 pounds, I can tell you that successful investing looks a lot like successful weight loss. Obvious likenesses between the two aside -- expensive products, conflicting "expert" advice, confusing strategies -- there are three similarities that will see you through to the investing finish line.

Canadian Millennials Are Taking a Cautious Approach to Investing

Cindy Crean | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Business
Cindy Crean

Millennials are a cautious bunch when it comes to their money. It's not surprising given the economic downturn of 2008 is still fresh. For many young Canadians, this market chaos was their first experience with investing. But it's important to let cooler minds prevail: avoiding the markets altogether is not wise, especially with so much time on your side.

How I Got My Money Back From the Boogeyman

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

I was at a workshop the other day about personal finances. Instead of the usual blah blah blah about investment opportunities and admonishments to save more for retirement, this one took a very different tack. The moderator wanted us to consider our emotional relationship with money. The first question she asked was who's in control?

Retirement Saving Season Is All Year Long

Cindy Crean | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
Cindy Crean

With another RRSP season squarely behind us, now is as good a time as any for reflection. The last-minute mad dash to make a contribution is generally at odds with proper savings discipline. You can turn anxiety around by extending your savings plan beyond the RRSP season. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind.