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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.

Buy Canadian: But at What Cost?

Posted: June 26, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau staff Writers
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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.

U.S. Repatriation Tax Is Hitting Canadians Hard: Are Your Clients Affected?

Posted: June 19, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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Donald Trump’s U.S. tax reforms are having a significant spillover effect north of the border, as many individuals with private businesses in Canada are facing an enormous tax bills in the U.S. If your client base includes any corporation in which a U.S. shareholder controls at least 10 percent of the voting rights or value, you need to know the details of this punitive measure.

IMF Predicts Slowing Growth for Canada: What Can You Do About It?

Posted: June 12, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Real Wealth Management, Financial Literacy, DAC, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, debt and cash flow management, Canadian economy, wealth management, entrepreneur, online education, NAFTA, Canada's competitivementss, cross-border trade, US, Trump US tax, real estatte market, economic trenda

The IMF predicts that if Canada and the U.S. fail to reach agreement on NAFTA, Canada’s competitiveness could take a serious hit, resulting in a drop of 0.4 percentage points or more in GDP. Donald Trump’s tweets about Justin Trudeau could further dampen the outlook. But, astute financial advisors can help clients meet their goals in these difficult times by staying on course.

The Impact of Change: Retirement Planning Services Must Evolve

Posted: May 15, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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The transformation of the CPP, new income splitting rules for family business and more are changing the retirement planning game, and a new study shows that clients find the most value when their tax or financial advisors make retirement-related services a priority.

U.S Tax Reforms and NAFTA: They Impact Canadian Taxpayers

Posted: May 08, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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Is it still a good idea for snowbirds to own property in the U.S.? Do you have clients who have children studying in the States or a son or daughter marrying a U.S. citizen? How will Canadian small business tax reforms co-mingle with the most significant U. S. tax reform since 1986?