Are you a high-income earner – perhaps an executive, or a seasonal
construction or oil rig worker – who may suffer a loss of employment? If
the Canada Revenue Agency catches you with income above the base amount for
Employment Insurance (EI) repayment, you’ll likely be unpleasantly
surprised when you file your 2017 return. But there’s a way to avoid the
clawback by using your RRSP deduction opportunities.
Last September, the U.S. Federal Reserve at long last began its so-called
quantitative tightening (QT), gradually lowering its holdings of Treasuries
and mortgage-backed securities. How should investors respond? If QE was
positive for asset prices, then simple logic suggests that QT would be
negative. Undoubtedly, this reasoning will be endlessly promoted by many
pundits. And the sudden return of stock market volatility in early February
only seemed to confirm their view. If only it were that simple.
By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, March 16, 2018
By Mike Keerma
The main North American stock indices remained subdued last week as
investors digested cabinet shuffles in the Trump administration, rising
global trade tensions, and expectations of a rate hike by the U.S. Federal
Reserve next week. The
S&P 500 Composite Index slipped 1.2% on the week, while the
Nasdaq Composite Index edged down 1.0%. Canada’s benchmark
S&P/TSX Composite Index, however, staged a 1.0% weekly advance as
crude oil strengthened on Friday, boosting energy shares and helping support the
Gold remained flat, slipping a 0.7% on the week.
– My husband and I are looking to add to the down payment for a new home
we’re shopping for this spring. We both have funds in our RRSPs, and I’ve
heard that some of that can be used to buy a home. Could you tell us how
this works? – Ivy S., Oakville, Ontario
Fixed-income ETFs have provided investors of many types, from large
institutions to retail investors, an alternative tool to access the cash
bond market. In this article, we highlight several key aspects of the
fixed-income ETF trading dynamics to better assist investors in harnessing
the utility of these instruments when implementing investment strategies.