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Timing the Purchase and Sale of Mutual Funds

By: Walter Harder Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Buying and selling mutual funds must be based on their suitability to an investor’s goals, age, capacity for assuming risk and investment knowledge. Also important is how well they have or are projected to perform. However, there are tax implications to be considered as well, which includes the right time to buy and sell mutual funds, especially at year-end.

Protecting Lifestyles: Inflation Matters

By: Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Most people need to generate the future income they require to sustain their lifestyle by saving money. Saving sooner in life  is better. So is saving in tax-exempt or tax-deferred vehicles. But as wealth accumulates, preservation of value becomes an increasing concern. Two key eroders are taxes and professional fees. Also important is the cost of inflation, even at today’s relatively low rates. Here is why:

The Election Tax Promises are Adding Up

By : Beth Graddon Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Knowledge Bureau’s elections promises chart– from a tax and financial point of view – has proven to be popular and with less than one week to go, we’ve added information on the costs associated with some of the promises made. The Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s (PBO) estimates of the platform promises themselves are enlightening; as are those presented with the highly-anticipated release of the Conservatives costed platform.

Despite Gap in Charitable Conversations, Donations are Up

Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
According to Statistics Canada*, total donations on income tax returns increased over 150% in real terms over the past 3 decades. However, despite an increase, only 13% of Canadians reported discussing charitable giving with their advisors, and they would like to have more value-based discussions. Here’s how you can have a more fulsome conversation on charitable giving with your clients:

Paying Fees for RRSP/TFSA Accounts From Non-Registered Accounts

Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Back in December 2016, the CRA announced that it considered the payment of fees for registered accounts from non-registered accounts as an “advantage” and would tax accordingly, starting in 2018. They have now changed their minds.

How Accountants and Bookkeepers Can Help Small Business Owners Reclaim their Sundays

Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, accounting for *98% of businesses in the country. Accountants and bookkeepers are critical advisors to these small business owners, helping contribute to the company’s success. Managing business finances can be quite stressful for business owners, as handling the books on their own is often intimidating and quite a burden.