Market Insights

Seeking the optimal mix

(May 2006) Even though the foreign property rule has been gone for more than a year, many advisors are still reluctant to overhaul their clients’ registered account and boost foreign holdings. You might want to look to institutional investors for guidance. Bruce Curwood is director of research and strategy for institutional solutions at Russell Investments […]

By Steven Lamb |May 19, 2006

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Provincial debt unique in global market

(May 2006) While there is little tolerance for deficit spending among Canadian taxpayers, the fact that our provinces are able to do this in the first place has, ironically, saved taxpayers billions in lower interest charges. “Canadian provinces have more autonomy than almost any other sub-national governments anywhere else in the world,” said David Rubinoff, […]

By Steven Lamb |May 12, 2006

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Income fix

(April 2006) To help clients generate sufficient retirement income, advisors must outline strategies that will take advantage of the good times but will also assuage clients by withstanding volatility in the equities markets. Many Canadians will need to use all or most of their investment assets to maintain their current lifestyles throughout the retirement years, […]

By Clay Gillespie |April 13, 2006

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Sub-advisors facing increased competition

(April 2006) The drive toward lower MERs and overall costs may be benefiting investors, but it has ravaged the third party sub-advisory industry, according to the latest research from Investor Economics. Between December 2001 and December 2005, the number of fund companies using sub-advisors dropped 34%, from 94 to 62. The number of long-term funds […]

By Steven Lamb |March 31, 2006

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