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Al and Mark Rosen

Al and Mark Rosen run Accountability Research Corp., providing independent equity research to investment advisors across Canada. Dr. Al Rosen is FCA, FCMA, FCPA, CFE, CIP, and Mark Rosen is MBA, CFA, CFE.

Knowing the hallmarks of fraud can help you and your clients

  • December 21, 2018 December 21, 2018
  • 15:06

What to look for when analyzing statements

  • November 28, 2018 December 4, 2018
  • 09:00

Requiring all industries to disclose in the way suggested for the cannabis sector would be a major improvement

  • November 15, 2018 November 14, 2018
  • 16:00

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach

  • October 15, 2018 October 15, 2018
  • 16:55

Comparing the success of investor protection programs in Canada and the U.S.

  • September 21, 2018 September 20, 2018
  • 12:00

Mistake or sage manoeuvre?

  • July 13, 2018 September 10, 2018
  • 00:00

Regulatory notice does little to address reporting concerns

  • June 18, 2018 September 21, 2018
  • 00:00

Livent case casts doubt on shareholder rights

  • May 11, 2018 September 7, 2018
  • 00:00

New U.S. regulations offer a glimpse at the length of audit relationships

  • April 13, 2018 September 7, 2018
  • 00:00

Accounting issues cloud analysis

  • March 16, 2018 September 7, 2018
  • 11:18

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  • July 13, 2018 September 10, 2018
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Explaining how RI and smart beta come together

Demand is rising for both ESG analysis and smart beta strategies

  • June 12, 2018 September 10, 2018
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What it really means to put clients first

Insights from advisors and investors on how to best serve your book

  • May 11, 2018 May 13, 2019
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A tale of two REITs

There’s still room for wins in the dynamic real estate sector, even as interest rates rise

  • April 13, 2018 September 10, 2018
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When does an enduring power of attorney become active?

Knowing the answer will help you and your client prepare for incapacity

  • May 8, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 15:00

Using the principal residence exemption when transitioning to retirement living

Know the tax implications when moving into care

  • July 26, 2018 September 10, 2018
  • 00:00

The perils of will kits in estate planning

A will kit might be free or inexpensive, but it might not be valid

  • February 9, 2018 September 4, 2018
  • 13:00

What happens when parents and adult children are joint tenants?

A look at the pros and cons

  • July 18, 2017 September 10, 2018
  • 12:00
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How small businesses without employees get shut out of benefits

More support is needed to cope with the pandemic

  • May 7, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 14:50

How passive income is calculated for CCPCs

Examining adjusted aggregate investment income

  • October 12, 2018 October 12, 2018
  • 13:39
Tax & Estate Planning

Wilmot George

Long-term care and the principal residence exemption

Can your client claim the PRE after moving to assisted living?

  • May 5, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 15:00

Can a surviving spouse split her income with her deceased spouse?

More on pension income splitting for the year of death

  • November 15, 2019 November 13, 2019
  • 16:00

Tax and estate concerns at different life stages

Tips for serving clients of all ages

  • October 25, 2019 October 28, 2019
  • 13:00

Selling real estate? The CRA is watching

What clients need to know about reporting transactions

  • July 18, 2019 July 17, 2019
  • 15:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Max Reed

A perfect storm is brewing for non-compliant U.S. taxpayers abroad

Subtle changes mean clients may want to act soon

  • May 4, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 14:23

Tax issues when Canadians have U.S. executors

Tips to avoid cross-border complications

  • June 13, 2019 June 13, 2019
  • 16:00

Pleading not GILTI: tax deferral strategies for Canadian-resident U.S. citizens

The story behind global intangible low-taxed income

  • February 23, 2018 September 7, 2018
  • 11:56

4 structures to protect Canadians from the U.S. estate tax—updated

Canadian residents who aren’t U.S. citizens may be surprised to know that U.S. estate tax can apply to them

  • February 20, 2018 September 4, 2018
  • 11:52
Tax & Estate Planning

Jamie Golombek

Prescribed rate scheduled to drop for Q3

The lower rate creates opportunities for income splitting

  • May 1, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 11:54

Part-time advisor’s business income doesn’t justify ‘staggering’ expenses

A Tax Court case shows what can happen to unsupported claims

  • March 27, 2020 April 13, 2020
  • 09:30

Testing of T1135 penalties continues

The latest court case highlights the importance of filing on time

  • February 7, 2020 February 19, 2020
  • 09:30

Is a Holding Company Right for Your Client?

Breaking down the tax implications.

  • December 10, 2019 December 18, 2019
  • 16:00

Fraud doesn’t take a holiday

Accounting chicanery to watch for ahead of earnings season

  • April 23, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 13:24

Navigating cash takeover offers for shares

Take the money and run

  • March 27, 2020 April 13, 2020
  • 09:30

Could a ban on share buybacks really happen?

Examining policy options in a heated primary season

  • February 7, 2020 February 6, 2020
  • 09:30

Reverse factoring is the latest accounting pitfall

Lack of regulations means anything goes

  • November 29, 2019 November 27, 2019
  • 12:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Keith Masterman

Help your client plan for a spendthrift beneficiary

Use these tips to protect an inheritance

  • April 21, 2020 April 20, 2020
  • 15:00

Time-sharing versus fractional ownership

Help your client choose a vacation property with these tips

  • December 18, 2019 December 17, 2019
  • 14:00

Can your client disinherit a child?

A court decision in Nova Scotia has implications for estate planning

  • August 19, 2019 August 19, 2019
  • 14:50

Estate planning and the disabled beneficiary

Consider these factors before establishing a Henson trust

  • May 10, 2019 May 7, 2019
  • 14:00
Investments

Mark Yamada

Owning Canadian banks in 2020

How Covid-19 may affect loans, earnings and dividends

  • April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020
  • 12:17

From passive investors to active shareholders

ETF growth is building proxy power for passive managers

  • March 27, 2020 April 13, 2020
  • 09:30

The precariousness of low interest rates: Part 1

Rates have fallen and can’t get up

  • February 7, 2020 February 7, 2020
  • 09:30

ETF assets pass tipping point in U.S.

Prepare for an assault on market dominance

  • November 29, 2019 December 5, 2019
  • 12:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Frank Di Pietro

Sidestepping superficial loss rules

The process of selling losing investments is fairly straightforward

  • April 16, 2020 April 16, 2020
  • 11:00

Second-generation income and TOSI

Find out when your client’s investment income could be subject to the tax on split income

  • February 7, 2020 March 30, 2020
  • 13:30

Tax changes looming for employees receiving stock options

Help clients navigate the new rules

  • September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019
  • 15:00

Help maximize RDSP carry forwards

Some features of the RDSP are worlds apart from its RESP cousin

  • February 1, 2019 February 1, 2019
  • 12:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Curtis Davis

Tax treatment of federal Covid-19 measures

RRIFs, CERB and working from home have tax implications

  • April 14, 2020 April 15, 2020
  • 13:37

Help clients calculate RRSP limits

Breaking down pension adjustments and other challenges

  • February 20, 2020 February 24, 2020
  • 11:03

Sprinkle the income, but beware the tax

A TOSI case study

  • February 7, 2020 February 6, 2020
  • 09:30

Investing personally or in a corporation

How passive income rules factor in to the decision

  • November 29, 2019 November 29, 2019
  • 12:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Doug Carroll

Emergency fund advice in a time of crisis

Whether accessing funds or inspired to save for the next crisis, here’s what clients need to know

  • April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020
  • 14:30

Disputing when critical illness insurance is payable

Former cabinet minister John Manley lost a case contesting a policy's "triggering event"

  • January 28, 2020 January 28, 2020
  • 16:16

Corporate investments and the small business rate

Developing a plan for extracting corporate money

  • February 5, 2019 February 5, 2019
  • 10:00

Caution when counselling DB-to-IPP transfers

A legal case sounds a note of caution for advisors

  • October 15, 2018 October 23, 2018
  • 17:32
Tax & Estate Planning

Vivek Bansal

TOSI exceptions for your business-owner client

Find out what the CRA says about investment income and selling a business

  • March 31, 2020 March 30, 2020
  • 14:30
Tax & Estate Planning

Margaret O’Sullivan

New trust reporting and disclosure rules are coming

The idea of a “private” trust will slip from the vernacular in 2021, as the government gains new information

  • March 27, 2020 April 13, 2020
  • 09:30

How the global privacy debate is playing out in Canada

Legislation affects disclosures on trusts, real estate and corporations

  • September 16, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 13:30

Multiple taxation on death: the taxpayer’s nightmare

Steps to limit tax in other jurisdictions

  • February 25, 2019 March 27, 2019
  • 00:00

Mutual wills: proceed with caution

Examining an alternative to trusts

  • November 28, 2018 December 4, 2018
  • 09:00

What cheap investing means for Canada

The regulatory regime has not caught up to investors’ needs

  • March 25, 2020 April 13, 2020
  • 16:50

Now’s the time to demonstrate your value

As markets wobble, you'll be called upon to offer comfort and perspective — and that's a great thing

  • March 13, 2020 March 13, 2020
  • 15:36

Budget 2019 could mean more tax payable for fundholders

Department of Finance expects to gain $350 million by 2024 from proposals

  • April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019
  • 09:00

CRA to delay registered fee position ‘indefinitely’

This delay represents a win for industry associations

  • October 3, 2018 October 4, 2018
  • 15:00
Tax & Estate Planning

Jacqueline Power

Common RDSP misconceptions

The Registered Disability Savings Plan requires proper planning

  • March 3, 2020 March 5, 2020
  • 14:15

Planning for blended families using trusts

Complex families can have complex needs

  • October 16, 2019 October 16, 2019
  • 13:00

CPP enhancements: what to tell clients

Younger clients will enjoy a greater benefit from changes introduced this year

  • March 20, 2019 June 27, 2019
  • 13:00

Talk to clients about pullback of ODSP proposals

Increases to the program have been put on hold

  • October 1, 2018 October 1, 2018
  • 15:14

The meaning of trust is changing

Competence is no longer enough

  • February 7, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 09:30

Being an advisor in 2030

Reluctant predictions for the decade ahead

  • November 29, 2019 November 27, 2019
  • 12:00

Ignore climate risk at your peril

Advisors have every reason to boost sustainable investing knowledge

  • September 20, 2019 September 26, 2019
  • 15:00

Addressing the middle-class gap in financial advice

Rather than courting only HNW clients, advisors should look for ways to serve more households

  • March 25, 2019 March 25, 2019
  • 13:51
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ALDAs: to buy or not to buy

A breakdown of who benefits from the federal government’s proposed annuity

  • February 7, 2020 May 12, 2020
  • 09:30

Prioritize expenses in drawdown calculations

The famous 4% rule won’t work for many clients

  • May 16, 2014 September 8, 2018
  • 00:10

Pitching disability coverage

Picture this: You have a client – 10 years away from retirement – who comes to you for retirement advice. You spend several hours, maybe…

  • June 8, 2010 August 14, 2018
  • 10:11

How to overfund UL

“What?” you might say, “I didn’t know universal life insurance (UL) had an expiry date!” Relax. You’re right. UL doesn’t come with an expiry date.…

  • August 1, 2009 August 14, 2018
  • 12:57
Tax & Estate Planning

Akua Carmichael

Avoiding a dependant’s relief claim

A recent court case illustrates the risks that come with longer lives

  • February 7, 2020 February 6, 2020
  • 09:30

Avoiding estate litigation

Estate planning centres on one main goal: preserving estate assets. While advisors offer planning advice and employ various strategies to reduce the tax liability of…

  • May 29, 2013 August 21, 2018
  • 05:59

Creating a circle of trust

Testamentary trusts can be a useful tool in creating an estate plan, and ensuring that spouses who remarry, children from previous marriages and disabled children…

  • May 14, 2010 June 16, 2018
  • 00:00

Assessing Trustee Liability

The Ontario Superior Court case, Hicks v. Hicks, 2003 CanLii 2132 (ON S.C.), presents some interesting issues regarding trustee liability in situations where a trust…

  • May 1, 2010 June 16, 2018
  • 10:45
Tax & Estate Planning

Rebecca Hett

Help your farmer clients maintain their tax advantages, Part 3

Be aware of the rules and considerations for a tax-deferred property transfer

  • February 6, 2020 February 6, 2020
  • 16:25

Help your farmer clients maintain their tax advantages, Part 2

Find out the criteria for determining qualified farm property

  • January 31, 2020 February 6, 2020
  • 14:00

Help your farmer clients maintain their tax advantages, Part 1

Avoid these pitfalls to access the lifetime capital gains exemption

  • January 30, 2020 January 30, 2020
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Tax implications of divorce, Part 2

Settling different types of property

  • April 10, 2019 April 3, 2019
  • 14:27