Is Self-Employment a Good Choice? Statistics Show It’s a Growing Sector

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, tax preparation, tax credits, self-employed, knowledge bureau, poll results, Evelyn Jacks, retirement planning, distinguished financial advisor, Canadian economy, tax deductions, entrepreneur, gig economy, flexible workforce, non-traditional workforce, independent contractors, hiring, financial risk, agile workforce
The way we work in Canada is changing: statistics show that 20 to 30 percent of the current workforce consists of “gig workers”: freelancers and other self-employed classifications. But that number will rise by 2020. Is it a good choice? Nearly 60 percent of last month’s poll respondents said “yes.”

Surviving Market Volatility: Advisors Must Manage Clients’ Emotions

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Real Wealth Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, relationship management, financial advisors, wealth managers, financial education, CE summits, Executive Business Builder Program, online courses, Business Builder Retreat, holistic wealth management, client-centric strategies, fifnancial advisor studies, future of wealth management, evelyn Jcks
Volatility is cited as the largest threat to the financial markets and 73 percent of advisors involved in the Natixis Investment Managers 2018 Global Financial Professionals Survey believe this will affect performance. Close to 90 percent believe their primary role is to help clients get through the emotional roller coaster – and their success increasingly hinges on this skillset as economic uncertainty rises.

Business Builder Retreat: Find Balance for More Effective Leadership

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, self-employed, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished advisor conference, entrepreneur, business development, leadership, goal setting, work-life balance, leadership retreat, Executive Business Builder Retreat, executive, self-care
Having trouble relaxing on your summer vacation? You’re not alone. Two-thirds of Canadians work more than 45 hours a week. Of these individuals, only 23 percent are satisfied with their quality of life, which hinges on work-life balance. It’s also widely accepted that entrepreneurs and business owners work significantly more than the average worker – and that can negatively impact effective leadership and corporate culture when self-care isn’t a priority.

Protecting Investors’ Best Interests: It’s Been a Long Journey

By: Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, compliance, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Real Wealth Manager, online education, CSA, Canadian Securities Administration, fee disclosure, fee-based services, advisor commissions, financial advisor compensation, Know Your Client, Know Your Products, client-focused services, holistic financial advice
On June 21st the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a harmonized set of proposals that requires investment industry representatives (registrants) to promote the best interests of their clients and put them first, to improve client outcomes. It’s something most clients would expect of their professional advisors; yet there are several investor protection concerns to address.

Young Advisors: The Millennial Market Rocks Retirement Planning

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, DAC, High net worth relationship management, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, retirement planning, retirement income, wealth management, Millennials, Executive Business Builder Program, Business Builder Retreat, Young Advisor Award, J.D.Power Study. clients for advisors
Are Millennials really that unmotivated, and underperforming? Not according to an important new study. In fact, it turns out that Millennials may be ahead of their parents when it comes to retirement planning, an important trend for young tax and financial advisors looking to build their practices with peer group clients.

Buy Canadian: But at What Cost?

By : Knowledge Bureau staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Canadian economy, financial education, online courses, budgeting, US tax, NAFTA, Canada's competitiveness, trade agreement, buy Canadian, Canadian-made food, "Trump-free", Canadian dollar, Canadian agriculture, grocery budget
It could be a “Buy-Canadian” summer as trade tensions escalating between Canada and U.S. are starting a movement towards economic nationalism throughout Canada. But that comes at a cost - can you afford to spend more? Canadians currently have over $2 Trillion in debt, according to the Bank of Canada, and increased spending could dig a deeper hole.