Economic Update November 2017: A Look at Volatility in the Rear-view and Ahead

by Josh Miszk Last updated on December 06, 2017

Following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, the outlook for the year ahead held the promise of political volatility and, as a result, economic volatility. It’s fair to say that politically, we’ve been let down, but the market has actually had one of its least volatile years on record, and global markets are all in the black. In this update, we’ll look at the key drivers to this low volatility and discuss whether the trend will persist going forward.

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#FINLITxINVISOR: Answering Your Questions For Financial Literacy Month

by Invisor Last updated on November 28, 2017

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No matter where you are in your personal finance journey, you're bound to have some questions at one point or another. What should you be investing in? Do you really need that insurance product everyone keeps talking about? How much is enough when you're saving towards a goal?

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Your 2017 Holiday Budget Guide

by Invisor Last updated on November 15, 2017

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We may only be half way through November but there’s no denying it: the holiday season is here and, whether we’ve prepared for it or not, the rush of holiday parties, family get-togethers, gift exchanges, and planning for New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.

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Economic Update October 2017: Is There Room to Go From Here?

by Josh Miszk Last updated on November 03, 2017

Global markets surged in October setting a series of records throughout the month. For many investors, the question now is whether the current valuations are stretched or if there is still room to go. While there is no shortage of black swan events that could derail the current rally (i.e. North Korea and Washington), market fundamentals support the current valuations. 

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Should You Rely on Your House to Fund Your Retirement?

by Invisor Last updated on October 25, 2017

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If you own your home, there’s likely a lot of equity tied up in it, especially with the spike in house values we’ve seen the past couple years. If you’re planning on downsizing in retirement, you might be considering funding your post-work years with the money earned from selling your home. In fact, according to a recent study by the Ontario Securities Commission, nearly 4-in-10 homeowners in Ontario aged 45 and over are relying on the appreciation of their home to get them through retirement.

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Economic Update September 2017: Resilient Markets

by Josh Miszk Last updated on October 03, 2017

North American equity markets showed resilience to significant geo-political tensions and natural disasters in September. On one hand, the North Korean threat to the world escalated significantly with the latest nuclear test, while on the other hand hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused devastation in various parts of the US and the Caribbean.

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How Simplified Issue Insurance Makes Buying Insurance Easy

by Dan Poole Last updated on September 20, 2017

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Buying life insurance is easier now than it has ever been – including buying online!

Although it is a few years old now, a concerning study was published in 2014 that revealed far fewer Canadians were buying life insurance than three decades ago, yet one-third of Canadian households would face financial difficulty if the primary household earner were to pass away. Why would people NOT buy insurance despite having a need? Some of the most common reasons we have heard are:

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Economic Update August 2017 - A Closer Look at the US Economy

by Josh Miszk Last updated on September 07, 2017

In Canadian dollar terms, global developed markets evened out in August. While the month was relatively tumultuous from a geopolitical standpoint, economic news has remained much the same. The Canadian dollar has kept its relative strength versus the US dollar, driven partially on expectations of rising Canadian yields but, more importantly, on weaker demand for USD.  

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How to Invest on a Small Budget

by Invisor Last updated on August 16, 2017

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There seems to be a common perception that tells us investing is only for those with large budgets. It tells us that to start investing, you need thousands of dollars parked in savings to have a chance of reaching your financial goals. 

We’re here to tell you that you don’t need either of those things to open an investment account. All you need is a simple plan and the commitment to stick to it.

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Economic Update July 2017: Trust the Fundamentals

by Josh Miszk Last updated on August 02, 2017

With seemingly endless surprises coming out of Washington this past month, the lack of confidence in US politics has put pressure on the US dollar. In Canadian dollar terms, that pressure has manifested in weak returns across global developed markets.  

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