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.
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.
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.
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.
In some parts of the world like the U.S. and the U.K., robo-advisers have been around for almost a decade; in Canada, the digital addition to the financial services industry has been more recent, withh the first few robo players launching their services in late 2014.
While there is no shortage of robo companies in North America and abroad, there is still some uncertainty when it comes to how they can form meaningful partnerships with existing traditional advisers. Before we can tackle how the two can co-exist - and thrive together - it's important to understand how robo-advisers serve clients.
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So, you’ve made the decision to buy life insurance? Good for you! It’s a major step in preparing you and your family for years of financial security. You’ve done the research on buying term life insurance or permanent life insurance and have decided to go with term insurance. But what term should you choose? In this Insurance 101 post we cover some of the factors to consider when deciding on a term for your term life insurance policy.
In their local currencies, global equity markets were relatively flat in June (see Canada below). However, a devaluing US dollar and a stronger Canadian dollar were reflected in negative returns for Canadian portfolios. In this market update, we'll look at the cause of the devaluing US dollar, and what it could mean going forward.
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Once you identify which goals you are saving for and determine an appropriate investment plan, the next step is to figure out which investment account type is right for you. Some choices may be more obvious than others, like using an RRSP to save towards retirement, or an RESP to save for your kids' education. But what about shorter-term goals like purchasing a car or saving for a wedding?
If you're asking yourself this question, a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) might be the right vehicle for you and your goals. Use these tips below to help you determine if you should open a TFSA.
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We've all heard how important it is to have a good credit score. Having a high credit score is vital because lenders use it to determine how creditworthy you are. But the thing about credit scores is that not many really understand how they work.
Your credit score is a number that falls between 300-900. The higher the number, the less risky you are in the eyes of lenders. What constitutes a “good” score varies by lender and the type of credit you're applying for.
That being said, you should always aim to keep your credit scores as high as possible. Here are six tips to help you improve your credit score.