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February 2016

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In this guest blog post, Ian Mucignat, mortgage broker with TMG describes the risks of purchasing real estate without a financing condition.

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November 2015


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Many Canadian seniors will be surprised when their RRIF payments decline by as much as 28% in 2016.  Seniors age 82-and-under will see a decrease of at least 20%*

Seniors...

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October 2015


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  Recently, the Globe and Mail created a tool for investors to compare if they are paying more or less for advice than other investors who complete the questionnaire do. ...

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September 2015


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If you have been watching the news lately you will be well aware that the major stock market indices have declined from their highs from earlier this year.   This may...

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July 2015


Following several years of above average equity market returns, it is time to take a step back and reset our expectations for returns over the next 5 to 10 years.  This is because investor expectations for future returns are typically based on their recent experience.  In behavioral finance terms, this is called the “recency effect”.  This usually leads to two fateful investing mistakes.

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Increased benefits begin at the end of this month.  The UCCB was increased to $160 per month for each child under the age of six.

The UCCB was expanded to children aged 6 through 17. Parents will receive a benefit of up to $60 per month for each child in their care aged 6 through 17.

Make sure that you are receiving all that you are eligible for by reading the following Q&A.

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May 2015


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A new client recently said, “My relationship with money is changing.  I didn’t think it would happen so quickly”.

We all have a relationship with money.  It guides our decisions and as a result can define how we experience life.  Do you see yourself in these four money personality categories?

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Canadians are starting to take off the rose coloured glasses and see the banks for what they truly are; businesses designed to generate profits for shareholders.   Loyalty doesn’t mean what it used to and here is a case in point to prove it.

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April 2015


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We are often asked whether it makes more sense to apply extra cash flow to a mortgage or to retirement savings. This question is coming up more often these days given the low borrowing rates and recent great returns in the stock market. 

 

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You applied for an insurance policy (life, disability, critical illness or long term care) and your agent advised you that “there is good news and bad news”. 

 

The good news is you got approved for coverage.  The bad news is that the insurance company has rated the policy a substandard risk.  That means the premium is higher than standard rates and/or certain conditions or exclusions have been added to the policy. 

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