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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!