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Bank of Canada – FSR Dec 2012

Back in April, I reviewed a document called the “Financial System Review”, published semi-annually by the Bank of Canada.  Due to the dire warnings contained therein, I thought it necessary to produce a more user-friendly summary of the information the Bank presented to the public.  The information the Bank provided was top-notch, though I disagreed with some of their interpretations. …

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Annual Report – OTPP 2011

The 21st century has been one marked by low interest rates and even lower real interest rates. In response to …

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Annual Report – CMHC 2011

Dear readers, it’s happened again.  The federal government is once again revising its rules on mortgage lenders.  The new revisions …

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Something Ventured

Venture capital is an incredibly important part of any economy.  After all, where would we be without the entrepreneurial investors …

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Danger Ahead! Says the Bank of Canada

One typically doesn’t look to government bureaucracies to receive hard-nosed, objective discussions on the economy. Far too often official reports …

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Planning with Inter-Vivos Trusts

In the previous article, I discussed the many benefits of a testamentary trust.  Trusts are potentially the most powerful tool …

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Is it Time for a Testamentary Trust?

One thing that can go overlooked by many estate planners is the use of trusts. This is a pity, because …

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A Second Look at the CMHC

If the above quote doesn’t bother you, it should, because it represents a potentially massive amount of debt that will …

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Avoid the Landlord Pinch

If you’re an investor with significant real estate holdings, now may be the time to consider exiting this asset class …

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Can Precious Metals Save Your Portfolio?

With the recent market turmoil, investors of all types are increasingly turning to an asset class that has been out …

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The Canadian Moral Hazard Corporation

On January 17, 2011 Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Natural Resource Minister Christian Paradis announced that they would be making …

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