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Market Update: Q3 2021

One of the best examples of eternal optimism is author J.K. Rowling’s success story. Her original Harry Potter novel was rejected 12 times before it was published. Despite these setbacks, Rowling never stopped believing in her idea. She was ultimately rewarded for her perseverance, and more often than not, investors are rewarded for their optimism...

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RRSPs and RRIFs on death

Most Canadians are familiar with the tax advantages of using registered savings plans to save for their retirement years. Contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) are deductible and any growth or income earned on the underlying investment in the RRSP or registered retirement income fund (RRIF) isn’t taxed until withdrawn. What may be less clear is what happens on the death of an RRSP or RRIF owner. Frequently asked questions have been addressed to provide more clarity in an area that may not be entirely understood.

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Market Update: Q2 2021

The global economy led by the U.S. continues its gradual recovery—supported by economic reopening and COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Stronger consumption is expected through 2021 fueled by consumers with excess savings and pent-up demand for goods and services...

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Because you keep asking - Answering more of your investment questions

Back by popular demand, the Capital Markets Strategy team led by Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist for Manulife Investment Management, answers more of your pertinent questions about current market conditions. Set against a backdrop of a rapidly reopening global economy, rising interest rates, and inflation trending higher, the team looks at the impact on fixed income, the oil sector, and the Canadian dollar. Is it time to take money off the table, and what are the biggest risks for the next 18‒24 months?

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2021 Federal Budget overview

On April 19, 2021 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland delivered the first Federal Budget in more than 2 years. See the overview.

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Budget 2021 — The other shoe hasn't dropped ... yet

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2021 Federal Budget on April 19, 2021. What follows is a summary of budget measures that may be of interest to investment and insurance advisors, and implications for planning using insurance and investments. Read More...

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Market Update: Q1 2021

March 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the market low brought on by the pandemic. Since then, the S&P 500 has seen its largest 12-month gain since 1936, exceeding the recovery in 2010 from the global financial crisis. Equity markets performed well through the first quarter, extending the gains made since March last year.

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Knowledge is power

November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Now in its 10th year, this initiative aims to help Canadians better manage their money and debt, save for the future, and learn about the resources available to them.

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The Great Pause of 2020

As we reflect on what has transpired over the last six months, we find ourselves somewhat shocked and speechless. Collectively, the team has worked through decades of economic and market cycles and numerous global crises, and we’ve never experienced an environment like we have today. The COVID-19 global pandemic has thrown all market dynamics up in the air.

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