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A Closer Look at Market Performance: The Major Indices

Those of us who follow the markets on a regular basis have watched as the major indices have climbed from their lows in March of this year. What has driven this performance?
S&P/TSX Composite Index Performance

The S&P/TSX Composite Index has traditionally been dominated by the financial and resource sectors, both of which have been impacted by the pandemic. The financial sector has struggled with credit losses and the energy sector has been plagued by falling oil prices due to the […]

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What Comes After a Trillion?

In the effort to combat the pandemic, the sheer amount of stimulus pledged by governments globally has been staggering. In July, then Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered Canada’s economic update, which replaced the regular spring budget. It was an economic tally of the measures taken to date. The 2020-21 deficit is expected to be $343.2 billion, largely attributed to pandemic relief programs.1 

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After a Bear Market, what happens?

What Happens After a Bear Market?

We have encountered many new situations in response to COVID-19 — isolation, physical distancing, economic closures globally, and others — that have created uncertainties for the short term. Doomsayers cite these factors, and others, to suggest that this time is different and the current economic downturn will somehow last forever. However, economic cycles go up as well as down.
Equity markets are also cyclical. Bear markets happen from time to time. Yet, even in the worst situations, equity markets have […]

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RRIF Withdrawal changes in 2020

2020 Changes to RRIF Withdrawal Factors

Back in March, the Federal Government reduced the 2020 minimum withdrawal amounts for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25 percent “in recognition of volatile market conditions and their impact on many seniors’ retirement savings.”1
As a reminder, the RRIF withdrawal factors are based on age. If you were 71 at the beginning of the year, under the existing rules you would be required to withdraw 5.28 percent of your RRIF in the year. For a RRIF with a value […]

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Scientists and Health Professionals study COVID-19

It’s Not Just About the Antibodies

Through many conversations with different individuals we’ve heard more than once that people feel they had, and lived through, COVID-19, stating it’s the worst they’ve ever felt. Some have, and some haven’t been tested, and it makes you wonder if COVID-19 was here earlier than we thought. Some research states that we build antibodies that help fight off the disease, but these antibodies only last for a certain period, leaving people susceptible to contracting the disease again later in time.
As we continue to get barraged with negative news […]

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Benefits of Dollar-cost averaging

Consider the Benefits of Dollar-Cost Averaging

As we have seen with recent equity market reactions, short-term price movements are often unpredictable and nobody can be certain when the next upturn will begin. Such turns can occur when the outlook is bleak and the natural inclination may be to sell, not buy. In hindsight, all down markets look like buying opportunities. But in the moment, it’s not always easy to commit money to an investment that has gone down in price, particularly in a bear market.
Those investors who […]

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Maintain a Balanced Portfolio

Maintaining Balance in Your Portfolio

How have you reacted to the markets of late? In uncertain times, it may be tempting to take a conservative approach to protect investments from the downside.
Selling all of your stocks and holding cash is one alternative, though not practical for many investors. The potential capital gains tax consequences may be one reason this would be unpalatable. But more importantly, equity markets are largely unpredictable and cyclical in nature. The risk of being out of stocks is, over the […]

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Tax Deductions for Working at Home

The End of the Office Era? Keep Good Records

Is the office era over? For many office workers, working from home became the new normal this spring. As such, some may be wondering if they are able to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) currently allows for a deduction in instances in which one of the following conditions is met:

The workspace is where you mainly do your work (more than 50 per cent of the time); or
You use the workspace only to […]

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Estate planning

Estate Planning and the Will: Legal Doesn’t Mean Effective

In light of COVID-19, many people have turned their minds to their estate plans.1 One news report indicated that a Canadian online will-creation site saw an increase in sales of 700 percent from the same period last year.2
A will is the cornerstone of any estate plan, and creating one on your own is not difficult these days using the support of a will kit or online tool. However, there may be good reasons why more thoughtful planning can be […]

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US Election 2020

Will the Outcome of the US Election Impact the Stock Market?

What will happen to the stock market if Joe Biden wins?
What happens if Donald Trump wins?
I am going to look at these questions from a historical market perspective. I am not going to look at who might be better for the economy or who will be better for the country. This is not a political blog. I am going to look at these questions from the perspective how the market has done in relation to different presidents […]

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