Category: Financial Planning

Commentary October 2019

Reblogged from First Sovereign Investment Management As summer turned to fall the US trade negotiations with China took centre stage since a scheduled October negotiators’ meeting was fast approaching. Onto that was layered the President Trump impeachment possibilities stemming from

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Commentary January 2019

Reblogged from First Sovereign Investment Management With stock markets pulling back in the 17%-20% range before recovering, this fall various market concerns that were percolating under the surface began to impact securities markets. From economic cycle factors to international geopolitical

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Market pullbacks

Reblogged from: First Sovereign Investment Management In the past couple month, the increased volatility of investment markets has led two clients to write to get my sense of the market situation and how/if we should react to that. With the

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Real Estate Capital Gains Tax: Budget 2017

What’s your game plan for winding down your Capital Gains tax liability? Yesterday Canada’s Finance Minister presented the government’s latest budget. there had been many fears about the potential increase of capital gains taxation. To do so would not only

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TFSA limit boosted – does it change your estate planning game plan?

In the just-released federal budget, the TFSA limit was increased from $5,500 to $10,000/person/year. The new $10,000 amount is not indexed so don’t expect it to rise annually. Does this impact your financial plans? Consider this: Historically spouses often held

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4 Ways High Earners Should Adjust for New Spousal Tax Laws

In recent months the Canadian government has mused about the potential for changes in the tax code so that Canadian couples can start filing their income tax returns jointly once the budget is balanced. Most people outside the financial planning

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Cars and Corporations

Many small business owners ask the perennial question of whether they should own their car within the corporation or personally. There are several factors that go into answering that question, such as: -how many kms will you drive in the

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Is 4% an Unsustainable Withdrawal Rate

Historically, 4% was thought to be the withdrawal rate the average portfolio could withstand on a long term basis without eating into capital. Recent research indicates that in today’s lower investment return environment, maybe that’s no longer sustainable. We all

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