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Investment woes? Where to get good advice

Hint: you won’t find it on TikTok In our plugged-in hyper-connected 24/7 lives, we’re inundated with investment “advice.” Which is worth precisely what you pay for it – nothing. And yet every day, I hear of unwary or gullible investors being seduced by sales...

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The best defensive investment strategy of all

Pay attention to asset allocation before trouble starts Inflation continues to burn up everyone’s purchasing power, with both Canadian and U.S. consumer price indexes exceeding an annual 8% recently. Of course, any shopper could have told you that months ago, just...

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Tread carefully with Locked-In Retirement Accounts

Funds are not available until retirement If you’ve recently left a job that included a pension plan, you may be offered an opportunity to transfer your plan to a Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA). This is a government registered plan in which your funds grow...

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Investment basics for novices

Key principles to follow when starting out as an investor One of Warren Buffett’s famous maxims is to buy when everyone else is selling. This principle has helped male him, through his investment company Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the richest men in the world....

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Offering employees enhanced retirement benefits

DPSPs, Group RRSPs, and IPPs  In today’s highly competitive labour market, employers have been upping their game to attract and keep the best talent. Offering lucrative group benefits for employees and premium  pension benefits for executives as part of an enhanced...

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How to crack open the RESP piggybank

Rules for RESP withdrawals Those with kids going on to post-secondary education next month may be in for a case of sticker shock. In Canada, an average four-year program will cost about $70,000 including tuition, books, board and lodging, and living expenses. It’s...

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House hunting when rates are rising

How to navigate a real estate market in transition Unless you’ve been away on a very long vacation for the past seven months, you know that inflation has been raging and interest rates have been steadily climbing. There have always been direct consequences of that...

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Is your money safe?

Cash deposits are, but investment guarantees are hard to come by Novice investors often ask me whether the money they invest in a mutual fund, an exchange-traded fund, or shares of a company traded on an exchange “guaranteed” against loss. The answer here is, “no.”...

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Ready to jump back into stocks?

Before you do, ask the right questions North America’s  stock markets are at or approaching bear market territory – that is, where their stock indexes have lost 20% or more from recent highs and have not quickly bounced back. Only Toronto’s S&P/TSX...

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