Unfair or not, get ready for changes to the taxation of private corporations

“We see these approaches to managing people’s affairs through a private corporation as creating an unfair playing field……We’re trying to tighten these loopholes to make sure that it’s fair.” Doesn’t sound like taxes for small business owners are going down, does it?  The above is from federal finance minister Bill Morneau’s July 18 announcement outlining […]

It’s a tough job…somebody has to do it, just not necessarily you!

Protecting and growing your retirement nest-egg is one of your most important financial responsibilities.  Ensuring that your nest-egg is sufficient to fund your lifestyle in retirement often means putting at least part of it at risk in the stock market. Unfortunately too many people are swayed into believing that being a successful stock market investor means you have to […]

Banning Investment Commissions – moving beyond “if” towards “how”

Yesterday the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a much awaited consultation paper, “Consultation on the Option of Discontinuing Embedded Commissions”.  We say “much awaited” half tongue-in-cheek!  Much in the same way that a large number of Canadians have no idea how or how much they pay for investment products / advice, we expect even fewer are […]

The two crucial success factors that often elude investors

There are two crucial success factors that often elude investors –  the ability to save consistently and the discipline to stick with a saving and investment plan over time. Successful investing is a long-term proposition.  In the short-run financial markets are very unpredictable, gyrating to a complex and increasingly-interconnected information flow that changes by the second. […]

Sorry but this is one broken record worth listening to…

Last month S&P Global published it’s 2016 mid-year SPIVA Canada Scorecard which compares the performance of actively managed Canadian-based mutual funds with their benchmarks.  The conclusion is clear: actively managed funds, after fees, underperform their benchmarks over time.  Investors may be better served using passively managed alternatives such as index tracking mutual funds and exchange traded funds […]