Throughout the year, Advisor.ca posted audio podcasts and related articles on a variety of topics, including domestic and global equities, taxes and practice management.
In reverse order, the most popular stories of 2014 were:
The U.S. was overshadowing Canada at the beginning of the year, and that trend has continued. It’s important to note that while real estate was attractive early in 2014, Stephen Carlin, senior portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management, switched his view on the sector in October due to the prospect of rising interest rates.
The housing sector and sluggish retail sales were expected to weigh on Canada’s growth in 2014. For more on comparing Canadian and U.S. markets, read: Help clients compare U.S. and Canada.
The Canadian economy became more sensitive to interest rate fluctuations.
When helping clients choose EM investments, advisors should consider whether stocks are benefitting from cyclical or long-term trends. For more on Mexico, India, Brazil and South Africa, read: A closer look at emerging markets.
If your Canadian clients own foreign bank accounts or hold foreign securities, their updated T1135 forms (for 2013 tax reporting) were due on July 31, 2014.
Canadian banks have been a solid investment since the financial crisis, but their valuations are rising. To look back on banks’ performances early in 2014, also read: Outlook bright for Canadian banks.
Due to CRM2, prepare to explain your fees.
Stock markets may be at a high, but they still have an upside.
If a client wants to keep her cottage in the family, she should consider claiming the principal residence exemption when she transfers or sells the property to family members
Most people don’t realize how much TFSA contribution room they actually have.