Canada Investment

Why You Should Pay Attention To Costs When Investing

Josh Miszk | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Business
Josh Miszk

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.

The Good Old Rule Of 72

Tim Pickering | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada
Tim Pickering

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...

CRM2: When Disclosure Fails To Disclose

Tim Paziuk | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

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.

Chinese Media Warns Canada's Housing Crash Will Put U.S. To Shame

Stephen Punwasi | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Business
Stephen Punwasi

Shots fired! While our media has been pointing out how Chinese buyers are driving up real estate prices, the Chinese media has been dissecting our economy and government, and warning Chinese buyers of the dangers of owning Canadian real estate.

Don't Even Think About Taxing Foreign Buyers In Toronto

YPNextHome | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Now that B.C. has introduced a 15-per-cent foreign buyers' tax intended to calm real estate purchases by non-Canadian residents, speculation is rampant that similar legislation is on its to Ontario -- or more specifically, Toronto. Like their counterparts in Vancouver, realtors in Toronto want nothing to do with such action.

Buying A Vacation Home: 7 Factors To Consider

Josh Miszk | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Business
Josh Miszk

A second home purchase is a big deal. A furnished, comfy, home away from home in the likes of Lake Tahoe or Daytona Beach comes with spectacular scenery, an even better climate and a price tag. But vacation homes don't have to exist only in your dreams.

What Do You Look For In An Investment Firm?

Darcie Crowe | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Business
Darcie Crowe

Each of us has our own unique preferences and matters of importance in working with financial professionals. Have you taken the time to consider what ...

Don't Let Real Estate FOMO Set You Up For An Ugly Bankruptcy

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

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.

Trudeau's Public Spending Push Equals Hot Investment Opportunities

Norman Levine | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Norman Levine

Politics aside, the concept behind infrastructure spending in theory makes sense: with interest rates near all-time lows and little expectation of them going up in the short term, now is probably as a good a time as any to borrow money and put it to work.

Divest From Damage And Invest In A Healthier Future

David Suzuki | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Wastefully exploiting and burning fossil fuels is outdated. There's no reason to put money into industries that destroy the natural systems that make human life possible. But there are many reasons to stop giving them money.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Buying A New Home

Josh Miszk | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Business
Josh Miszk

Home buying season is officially here and when it comes to your finances there are dos and don'ts that come along with the often-overwhelming responsibility of taking on a new or higher mortgage. Here is a list of the top dos and don'ts to keep in mind when you're shopping for a home.

Why Student Housing May Be The Next Big Investment Opportunity

YPNextHome | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

University and college enrolment is booming across Canada, and post-secondary institutions are scrambling to keep up by expanding existing buildings and opening new satellite campuses. The challenge is that the scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.

Toronto And Vancouver Condo Markets Show Signs Of Stability

YPNextHome | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Much like last year's Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s condo survey, which showed that investment condos owned by locals in Toronto and Vancouver are a long-term commitment with the objective of generating rental income, this year condominium investors display stable characteristics over time.

Don't Dismiss Support For Bombardier As 'Corporate Welfare'

Jerry Dias | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

As debate about federal support for the biggest player in Canada's aerospace industry, Bombardier, has heated up over the last few months, critics have come forward to say that investing in Bombardier would be a mistake, and that the company should be left to sink or swim on its own. They couldn't be more wrong.

I've Lost My Job: Now What?

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Business
Pramod Udiaver

With economic conditions remaining challenging in Canada, we have seen several corporations looking at different ways to manage their profitability. From Bombardier, to Canada's Finning International Inc., the world's largest dealer of Caterpillar Inc. equipment, to several Canadian banks, reports of job layoffs is daily news. In January 2016 alone, Canada suffered 5,700 job losses, pushing the national unemployment rate to a two-year high of 7.2 per cent.

Canada And Mutual Fund Fees: Why We're Failing

Ludovic Siouffi | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Business
Ludovic Siouffi

In a 2015 global study by Morningstar, Canada's investment environment was rated the worst in the developed world when it came to Fees and Expenses. Don't worry, though, there's good news; our D- score is up from the F earned in 2014. The real question is the implication of our less-than-impressive grade.

Stock Charts Can Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health

Ivey Business School | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

The problem with using stock graphs to decide whether or not it is time to sell a company's shares has to do with the importance that people place on observations. Simply put, the most recent past is frequently seen as more diagnostic than the distant past, and so lines on a graph can be misleading.

How To Save Money This Valentine's Day

Josh Miszk | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Josh Miszk

In 2015, total Valentine's Day spending in the U.S. was expected to reach a staggering $18.9 billion. The holiday is an institution unto itself, with gifts often being purchased not just for romantic partners, but family members, friends, and co-workers. While the pressure to show your love can be overwhelming, Valentine's Day spending within your budget is possible.

Is China's Market Turmoil Creating A Rise in Canadian Real Estate Prices?

Ludovic Siouffi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Ludovic Siouffi

Every day I hear about a real estate bubble on the edge of bursting, with home sale prices exponentially rising well above assessment values. I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that foreign investment from Chinese investors over the past few years, and even decades, has been a major contributor to our real estate boom.

5 Vital Retirement Planning Tips

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Business
Pramod Udiaver

The average Canadian life span is steadily increasing and is currently in the mid-80s for both men and women. Plan to keep working as long as you can to build a portfolio that will support you well into your 90s. Start saving early even if it is a small amount of money today. It's the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean!

5 Reasons Why Women May Be Better Investors Than Men

Coreen T. Sol, CFA | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Business
Coreen T. Sol, CFA

Ongoing research in behavioural finance is unearthing alarming consistencies in how we act around money and stark differences between men and women that have some investors sitting up and taking profits. Here are five reasons why you should consider your feminine side when it comes to investing.

Toronto And Vancouver Real Estate Is Undervalued - Globally Speaking

Ben Myers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Business
Ben Myers

High price-to-rent and price-to-income ratios don't signal overvaluation, an overabundance of property speculation, or impending doom. Perhaps they actually signal the ascension of Toronto and Vancouver into the highest of global ranks.

What The Liberals' Tax Promises May Mean For Your TFSA

Caroline Battista | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Parliament will reconvene on December 3. While the priority focus will be on marginal tax rates for the middle class and those making more than $200,000, it's worth paying attention to a proposal that was a key promise from the Liberals: rolling back TFSA contribution limits from $10,000 to $5,500.

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.