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Wait gain – 4th quarter, 2016

Submitted by Rita Dillon, CFP Written by Andrew Pastor, portfolio manager Over the holidays, I read a biography about John Wooden, the legendary college basketball coach. From 1963 to 1975, he won 10 national championships; a record unlikely to be broken. As a fan, I marvelled at his coaching success and wondered how he was able to find that “elusive edge.” Read More

Stairway to Heaven, or Highway to Hell?

I read an article in The Economist a few weeks ago about a concept called the Nash equilibrium, named after John Nash who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contribution to game theory. The article highlighted that the Nash equilibrium helped economists better understand how self-improving individuals could lead to self-harming crowds. The first thing I thought Read More

Changes to the Rules for Estates and Wills in Canada

If you are an executor, you have a pretty heavy job ahead of you.  Working with an Estate and Trust planner, can you navigate and eliminate some of the pitfalls. Recent amendments to the Income Tax Act have made fundamental changes to the tax rules for estates and wills. Lawyer’s , trustees, and financial estate planners should familiarize themselves with Read More

Volatility is Your Friend

From August 1982 to August 1987 the stock market staged a phenomenal 250% increase.  Then in one day in October 1987, the market dropped a record 24%.  Sanity and reality returned.  That’s the stock market. Over the last 70 years we have had many bull markets (Up) and also many bear markets (Down).  But guess what?  The bull markets averaged Read More

Volatility as Opportunity

Volatility gets a bum rap in the financial services industry. For the average investor, it’s synonymous with risk and you’ll often see the two terms used interchangeably. Nor is volatility’s reputation entirely unfounded. Certainly over a short time horizon, a tumultuous market can have real consequences if you need to buy or sell an investment. In that case, what might Read More

Risk and Volatility

Financial Planning Most Overworked & Misunderstood Words Is it Risk or Is it Volatility?   Risk is defined as a probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities that may be avoided through premature action. Investment Risk is defined as the probability of loss associated with an Read More

Important Reminders About Market Corrections

It has been a while since the markets have had a meaningful correction.  Over the last 3 years the only meaningful pull back was last fall when the S&P 500 dropped from 2.011 to 1,862; a little over 7% decline. Most Money Managers would welcome a nice pull back so they could invest a few more dollars into their most Read More

Put Money in Your Pocket – Your Credit

As an advisor I help people in many areas of their financial picture.  One area that I have a strong focus on is debt and credit due to my additional activities as a mortgage agent. We often get caught up focusing on the short-term, such as payments we have to make this week, next month or on something we are Read More

Time for Taxes!

By Russell Stewart CFP.We all want our investments to grow and help fund all the things we would like to do now and in our retirement.  One investment we don’t always fully appreciate is the investment in doing our tax returns. Today’s tax returns are far more complicated than they have ever been and it has becoming increasingly difficult to Read More

Investing for the Long Term

  By, Rita Dillon, CFPOn any given day, which way the market is headed is anybody's guess. Historically, equity markets have gone up over the long term. Since 1956, the Toronto Stock Exchange Total Return Index for the top 300 stocks, which includes reinvested distributions, has increased 81-fold. But markets don't go up in a straight line. Canadian market watchers Read More