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By Robyn K. Thompson | Monday, June 26, 2017

Q – I recently opened a Tax-Free Savings Account, and I was asked whether I wanted to specify something called a “successor holder” or whether I wanted to designate a beneficiary. I’m not quite sure what the difference is. Could you explain why this is important? – Mary L., Kitchener, Ontario


By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, June 23, 2017

By Mike Keerma

* Stocks perk up but stay flat on the week.
* Canada’s inflation rate cools in May.
* Buffett snatches up Home Capital from bargain bin.
* Sears Canada now a (below) dollar store.
* Harvest Portfolios debuts global REIT ETF.

* Stocks perk up but stay flat on the week. Stock markets perked up a bit this week, closing with small gains week-over-week, helped along by small gains in the energy sector in Friday’s session as well as continuing momentum among technology stocks. In the absence of any major economic releases and geopolitical imbroglios, stock markets were largely flat on the week. Toronto’s S&P/TSX Composite Indexedged up 0.8% on news of cooling Canadian inflation and a bailout of Home Capital Group (TSX: HCG) by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), while New York’s S&P 500 Composite Index held steady with a near-invisible 0.2% gain. The Nasdaq Composite Index remained the outlier, with a 1.8% advance on the week, for a 16.4% year-to-date gain, as tech issues sprung back to life last week, ending two weeks of losses for the Nasdaq. Crude oil rose 0.8% on Friday despite traders’ anxieties about a supply glut. With summer trading seasonality starting to kick in, and not all that much for traders to worry about in the market, gold remained virtually flat on the week.


By Reid Baker  | Thursday, June 22, 2017


What’s happening to volatility, and why does it matter? This question seems to pop up now more often now. Volatility, as measured by standard deviation (SD), is currently at historic lows. The reasons for that are subject to much debate by market watchers. In practical terms, however, there’s another potential impact that we in the fund risk-rating business are watching closely: The CSA’s new fund risk classification methodology, which is based largely on standard deviation. It’s here that current low volatility levels could affect funds’ risk ratings going forward.


By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Vanguard Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF (TSX: VSB) provides exposure to a portfolio of Canadian government and corporate bonds with maturities that range between one and five years. The index is weighted by market capitalization, and is marked by high credit quality and low volatility, which would make it an attractive component of conservative portfolios.


By Samantha Prasad | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

If you’ve received a Notice of Assessment or Reassessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), demanding even more money, and you’ve had no luck sorting out the problem the conventional way, your next step is to prepare a Notice of Objection. At this point, your tax file is starting to get serious – and complicated. Here’s a look at the process involved.


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