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GICS – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – COVID edition

Most Canadians are familiar with the term GIC – Guaranteed Investment Certificate. For those that are not, a GIC is a type of fixed-income investment provided by financial institutions. Typically offered in specific terms (1 – 5 years), a GIC guarantees interest payable and the return of principle at the end of the term. Like …

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Lease vs Buy

Lease vs Buy

A client approached me with this question the other day. Ahh, the age-old question that really doesn’t have a “right” answer. There are pros and cons to each option that make it very personal to your situation. That said, there are things to consider that may help make the decision given your own circumstances. Ask …

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 3: Trading in Cryptocurrency

We covered a lot of ground in parts 1 and 2 of this three-part series on cryptocurrency. You may or may not be interested in using cryptocurrency as a means of exchange. But what about trading in it, directly or in fund form? If you’re considering that possibility, know that, at this point: Cryptocurrency is …

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 2: Spending Cryptocurrency

In part 1 of our three-part series, we introduced cryptocurrency in general. Next, let’s explore the challenges and opportunities that exist for those hoping to earn, store, and spend their bitcoin or similar cryptoassets. The Crypto-Possibilities As described in part 1, cryptocurrency is typically driven “by and for the people” in peer-to-peer exchanges. At least …

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 1: Understanding Cryptocurrency

It’s hard to scan the financial headlines these days and not feel some level of FOMO with Bitcoin. Stories of great wealth gained, whether in the news or from our neighbour’s mouths, prompts the same internal question: Why not me? So, before you start loading up on bitcoin or any other form of cryptocurrency, let’s …

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Index Your Savings!

Starting in January 2021, you may notice that your pay is slightly lower than it was last year. This is due to the increase in your Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”) contribution rate. Any employed person in Canada, with income greater than $3,500 (up to the Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings or “YMPE”), must contribute a portion …

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