Canada is a good place to be a financial advisor. A recent international survey of retirement attitudes and realities in different countries found that Canadians are reasonably open to suggestions about retirement and estate planning. The poll also illuminated a couple of areas of concern that smart advisors might do well to capitalize on.
When clients leave, it can be surprising. But, often there are signs the relationship was on the rocks.
More than any other asset, the demand outlook for commodities is intrinsically tied to the big picture. Forget bottom up investing; if you want to predict the price of, say, copper, you need to examine the entire macroeconomic picture in all of its dismal glory.
Disability income (DI) insurance isn’t the sexiest or most lucrative offering in an insurance advisor’s lineup. But DI is an important part of the puzzle for anyone who makes a point of offering holistic advice.
In the years after the ABCP fiasco, the managers of the ACM Commercial Mortgage Fund were able to make some “incredible deals” while their competition was forced to sit on the sidelines.
This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: World economic woes or no, demand for Canada’s commodities remains fired up, and poised to increase even further according to fund managers. Driving that growth are trends in emerging economies, where industrialization is unrelenting, and improved diets are fuelling demand for agricultural commodities. On the energy front, increasing […]
The question of whether a client belongs in a universal life policy or a whole life policy is complicated by a few different facts and factors these days. Some advisors have their preferences, people have their own ideas, sometimes their own misconceptions, and even markets today are influencing opinion about each product. Universal life policies […]
Estate planning done badly is one of those areas where only the lawyers make out well in the end. This is particularly true when it comes to tax and estate planning for blended families. Even if a client’s decisions are not particularly contentious, there are still places where a significant amount of money can be […]
This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: On the surface, inter-provincial tax planning appears pretty simple—clients should assume they’ll pay tax on any income or disposed assets based on the rates of the province they live in. But wealth management strategies tend to be more complex than that, especially if there are ways to avoid […]
This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: Clients often wonder whether it makes sense to save up their eligible tax credits—like those for charitable donations—over several years and claim them all at once. Unless they’re not paying tax at all, the answer to that question is usually no: if they have them today, they should […]