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Consumer Woes: New Surtax hits Cross-Border Shoppers, While Interest Rates Rise

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
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Canadians spend anywhere from $4.7 to $8 Billion on cross-border shopping and if you spent the July long weekend looking for bargains in the U.S. you may have had an unpleasant surprise:  despite the loonie holding some ground against US currency, a new 10% surtax on certain consumer goods came into effective July 1, when if you exceeded your exemption limit.

Despite Obstacles, Canada’s Growing Labour Force Points to Strong Economy

Posted: July 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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Despite all the doom and gloom reported lately, Canada’s economy is actually growing. All signs point to an increase in Bank of Canada rates later today, as a new Labour Force Study from Statistics Canada indicates that for the month of June, the country’s labour force increased with the creation of 31,800 new jobs. The report also cites increasing self-employment levels.

Mortgage Stress Test: Benefits to Canadian Debt Management

Posted: July 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Real Wealth Management, Financial Literacy, Financial Advisor, investment, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Evelyn Jacks, real estate, master financial advisor, retirement income, financial education, mortgage stress test, mortgage lenders, Retirement and Estate Services Specialist, holistic wealth management, Canadian debt levels, debt to income ratio, qualifying for a mortgage, wealth building, Tax Strategies for Investors

In January, a new mortgage stress test was put in place requiring Canadian home buyers to qualify at rates higher than the benchmark interest rates imposed by the Bank of Canada and individual lenders. The implications to Canadian debt levels and the housing market are factors advisors should consider when offering holistic advice to clients.

Small Businesses in Canada are Growing: Take the Leap into Entrepreneurship!

Posted: July 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , self-employed, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, entrepreneur, CE summits, proprietorships, Executive Business Builder Program, business growth, Canadian conferences, starting a business, leadership development, leadership retreat, Executive Busisness Builder Retreat, Paynet, business debt

Despite trends leaning towards an increase in self-employment over the next few years, the current state of the economy has some Canadians questioning whether it’s the smart financial choice for them. According to a new report from Paynet’s Canadian Small Business Lending Index, the potential for private business growth is positive, making self-employment a smart choice for those considering taking the leap.

Buy Canadian: But at What Cost?

Posted: June 26, 2018 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.

House Flipping: What are the Tax Consequences?

Posted: June 26, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, housing market, Investing, real estate, distinguished financial advisor, financial education, house flipping, property investment interest rates, tax on investment propertieis, tax on capital gains

Increasing interest rates have sparked a warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that approaching headwinds could affect housing values; potentially good news for Canadians looking to enter the housing market. But there is also tax risk for investors intending to purchase and flip real estate, and a good opportunity for tax and financial advisors to provide valuable counsel.