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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.

Tax Literacy: Helping Canadian Newcomers Settle In

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
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Did you know that 1,212,075 new immigrants permanently settled in Canada from 2011 to 2016, representing 3.5 percent of Canada’s total population in 2016? Tax and financial advisors have a great opportunity to help with the financial affairs of these families, especially because the tax rules are somewhat different for these residents.

Mortgage Stress Test: Benefits to Canadian Debt Management

Posted: July 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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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.

Surviving Market Volatility: Advisors Must Manage Clients’ Emotions

Posted: July 03, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
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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.

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.