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Life Insurance as a Source for Estate Relief

Everyone has heard the saying “there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes.” When we pass away most of our accumulated wealth is subject to income tax, probate tax or both. There are some simple things we can do to reduce this inevitable tax bill on our estates: own certain non-registered assets jointly […]

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Financial charts & stocks

February 2020 Portfolio Management Team Update

Market & Economic Environment: The first month of 2020 commenced on an inauspicious note for financial markets, as two “wild cards” injected significant uncertainty in the outlook for the year. The TSX Composite and S&P 500 equity markets had recovered from the initial spike in geopolitical risk – caused by the killing of a top […]

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RRSPs and Your Estate

It’s that time of year again! The first 60 days of the year are also known as RRSP season. People are always focused on making last minute contributions to their RRSPs to ensure that they pay as little tax as possible now, while still saving/investing for retirement. What people don’t commonly think about, is what […]

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January 2020 Portfolio Management Team Update

Market & Economic Environment: Global indices added to their gains in December to cap a stellar year for equities. Investors’ risk appetites were aided last month by lowered trade tensions on the announcement of a “Phase One” trade deal between the U.S. and China, marked dissipation of Brexit uncertainty, and optimism that the Federal Reserve’s […]

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Ponderings of a Portfolio Manager: Vancouver area Real Estate

Insuring your Estate

It’s never a pleasant topic, but how many of us have taken a long and serious look at our estate plans? Do you know where your assets will go after you’ve passed away? A Will can help determine this. What a Will won’t help with, is protecting your estate from tax. Do you know what […]

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