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How to get your portfolio back on track

This 5-point annual review can reveal weak spots Your investment portfolio is the cornerstone of your wealth accumulation plan over the long term. Whether your investments are in non-registered trading accounts or in tax-sheltered plans like RRSPs and TFSAs, you...

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Ten-point plan for financial fitness

Give your personal finances a workout Will there be a recession? Will inflation keep eroding our purchasing power? Will stock markets recover? Will rates keep climbing. We can make educated guesses, but the reality is that no one knows for sure. As individual...

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Resolve to overcome three financial mental blocks

Your attitude to money may be holding you back Let’s face it. Money is stressful, and especially so at the beginning of the New Year, right after the holiday spending binge. Spending, saving, investing, statements, bills, budgets – for many, maybe most, people, it...

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Manage your mortgage

The variable or fixed-rate choice, and stress test stress With interest rates climbing, homeowners with variable-rate mortgages may be wondering whether now is the time to convert to a fixed-rate mortgage. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as it might seem....

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How to avoid investment scams

Stop the bad guys in their tracks with these tips Investment frauds and scams have ballooned during the pandemic as do-it-yourself investors, staying at home, had more time on their hands to get into trouble. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reports that...

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How to deal with RESP uncertainties

This second year of the pandemic has resulted in a new set of questions about RESPs as a new school year gets underway. In this Globe and Mail article, Robyn Thompson has some pointers on RESP catch-up on contributions, stock market worries, and taking a year...

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How to avoid debt stress

Tips for managing household debt Canadians have been getting into debt at a red-hot pace. The overheated housing market since the beginning of the year, combined with pandemic-induced credit-card use, lifted the household debt to income ratio to 172.3% in the first...

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Calming runaway inflation fears

Clients have been asking about the prospect of runaway inflation and how it could affect their portfolio and their ability to meet retirement goals. In this interview with Wealth Professional, Robyn Thompson offers pointers for financial advisors and their clients...

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What home buyers need to know about mortgage rules

Navigating stress tests and high-ratio mortgage insurance As if the real estate market weren’t already challenging enough, the government has decided to make it even tougher by tightening the qualification thresholds for certain mortgages. If you’re applying for a...

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