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How Will USMCA Impact Average Canadians?

Posted: October 02, 2018 By : Evelyn Jacks & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, interest rates, Bank of canada, Investing, Trudeau, Trump, NAFTA, trade agreement, Canadian dollar, Steven Poloz, dairy industry, free trade, USMCA, United States - Mexico - Canada Agreeement, Canada, United States, dairy import, automotive tariffs, trade tarifs, manufacturing sector

The new NAFTA deal—now called USMCA—will no doubt make positive contributions to the Canadian economy and investors will appreciate the improvement in market uncertainty. But, there are also some points of concern, including impacts to specific sectors and looming interest rate hikes. Plus, a duty-free limit increase that improves ease of holiday shopping, but could have economic repercussions.

The Impact to Canada’s Economy if NAFTA Fails

Posted: September 24, 2018 By : Beth Graddon & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, DAC, GDP, Bank of canada, distinguished advisor conference, Canadian economy, interest rate, inflation, financial education, Trudeau, employment rate, Trump, NAFTA, trade agreement, tariffs, job creation, U.S import, U.S. export, manufacturing industry, dairy industry, free trade, United Nations

The NAFTA stalemate is important. Should Canada fail to forge a favourable deal that addresses these issues, the nation’s slow economic growth is likely to face further decline, and Canadians are going to feel the pinch on their pocket books and may, in fact, lose jobs. So what’s holding back a new NAFTA deal? How can you help investors in the meantime?

Cash Flow Crunch: Managing the September 15 Tax Instalment

Posted: September 10, 2018 By : Walter Harder & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, CRA, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax penalties, tax instalments, tax literacy, tax education, prescribed interest rates, Walter Harder, unpaid taxes, tax payment, taxes due

The September 15 instalment deadline is looming. Many dread yet another payment to the CRA; after all, it seems like only yesterday that personal and business taxes due over the spring and summer were paid! Now is the time for tax and financial professionals to contact clients, estimate taxes owing for 2018, and navigate through taxing times if there is a cash flow crunch.

How to Cope with the Mortgage Stress Test

Posted: September 03, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, GDP, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished financial advisor, interest rate, inflation, Real Wealth Manager, stress test, mortgage interest, paying down debt, variable rate, fixed rate, housing affordability, mortage, prescribed interest rate, Canada's Econom, y, Steven Poloz, prime lending rates, Mortgage Professionals of Canada

“How am I going to qualify for the home I want?” That’s the question on the minds of prospective home buyers as a complex real estate market, and stringent mortgage criteria threatens their ownership dreams. Seeking sound financial advice can help.

Inflation Hits High Point: Continues Upward Trend to 2.5%

Posted: August 21, 2018 By : Evelyn Jacks & Knowledge Bureau Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, GDP, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished financial advisor, inflation, prescribed interest rates, Real Wealth Manager, steven Polaz, mortgage interest, Canada's economy, prime lending rate, paying down debt, variable rate, fixed rate, housing affordability

Inflation has hit its highest point since February 2012’s 2.6%. It now sits at a lofty 2.5%, and is expected to hold steady until the second half of 2019. Poorly understood, inflation, together with high taxes and rising interest rates, is a great wealth eroder.

Housing Affordability: Borrowers Take a Hit from Rising Interest Rates

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, financial services, Canadian banks, mortgage rates, mortgage interest, prime interest rate, overnight rate, variable rate mortgage, lending rates

The hot housing market (especially in Vancouver and Toronto) has long thwarted home ownership dreams for many Canadians. In fact, RBC’s July report on housing trends and affordability reveals that the average Canadian household requires almost half its total income to cover home ownership costs.