How to be a better investor Mar 1st

Retirement planning getting you down? There are always smart ways to plan the financial aspects of your retirement.
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Do bonds still make sense for retirement savings? + MORE Apr 27th

Now that it’s clear interest rates bottomed some time ago and are well on an upwards trajectory, we’re seeing headlines declaring the “death of bonds.” Notable was the Globe & Mail article by veteran columnist and author Gordon Pape, announcing he was “getting out of bonds.” W.... More »
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TFSA vs RRSP: How to decide between the two + MORE Mar 30th

One of the most common questions out there is whether to invest in a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or a tax-free savings account (TFSA). Both will help you save, and save on taxes, but each works in a different way. Understanding how these accounts work will help you decide which is best.... More »

Should you loan money to someone who is house rich and cash poor? May 18th

My daughter is 60, divorced, owns a house, perhaps $800,000 house value. She has a small mortgage and no savings of any kind. She lives on a line of credit and a credit card. Her only income is about $300 to $400 monthly CPP. She is wondering how best to manage. Should she sell now and rent for a.... More »
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What it’s like to work with a financial advisor + MORE Apr 6th

If you’re like many Canadians, you’re probably weighing working with a financial advisor. Maybe you’ve just gotten married, started a business, expanded your family or come into an inheritance, or you’re planning your financial future as you approach retirement. A financial advisor can be.... More »

How does an executor pay estate expenses during the probate process? + MORE May 4th

I’ve realized that my large RRSP would generate a very large income tax bill if I die in the near future. I don’t have a spouse, or anyone who qualifies as a beneficiary to my RRSP on a tax-deferred basis. How can my executor pay my income taxes if it takes a year to get probated?—Carol  .... More »

How to be a better investor


For both beginner and experienced investors, focusing on a few basic guidelines can make the difference between good results and great ones. Whether you’re investing in a taxable account or a tax-sheltered account like a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP), doubling down on the basics can help you make better-informed decisions and reach your financial goals faster.

Set clear targets 

Instead of vague aspirations like “save more in 2022” or “grow my RRSP,” set specific goals you can quantify and track over time. Once you have a goal, you can break it down into the steps needed to get you where you want to be. If you’d like to max out your tax-free savings account (TFSA) this year, for example, what do you need to put in monthly or weekly to reach $6,000—and could you automate your deposits to help ensure it happens?

Online calculators can help you decide on what’s realistic for you. Explore different contribution rates, return assumptions and time horizons…

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