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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.

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.

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. 

OAS and GIS Increases: Canadian Seniors Get a Small Raise

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, CRA, OAS, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, retirement planning, guaranteed income supplement, old age security, master financial advisor, retirement income, wealth management, financial education, retirement benefits, GIS, benefit rates, Retirement Specialist

New rates for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) programs went into effect as of July 1, 2018, and as a result, Canadian seniors are getting a small raise each month this quarter. But, the windfall is meek.

Bank of Canada Increases Interest Rate to 1.5%

Posted: July 11, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, Poloz

Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 percent (up from 1.25 percent) as anticipated, in an announcement from Governor Stephen Poloz this morning.