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From the desk of the CIO: Moving up the quality scale

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre discusses the qualitative and quantitative factors used to assess high quality companies. Ian also provides examples of securities added to the fixed income, Canadian large cap and international equity mandates.

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What a credit downgrade means for Canada

Investments, Off the Cuff

In this Off the Cuff video, Geoff Johnston discusses the recent credit downgrade for Canada.

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Ten retirement myths series: Myth #8

Investments, Personal Finance

At the risk of sounding nitpicky, governments don’t pay for anything. Working Canadians do. Taxpayers do. Taxes are directed to certain areas of need. Growing needs and rising costs means that there isn’t enough public money to go around. That reality is hitting retirees and will hit them harder as time goes on.

Retirement myth #8: The government will take care of medical expenses

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The relationship between COVID-19 and gold

Investments, Off the Cuff

Sara Shahram discusses the relationship between COVID-19 and gold in this Off the Cuff video.

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Everything you need to know about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Investments, Personal Finance

The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on all Canadians. According to a Mar. 25th news release by the Dept. of Finance, "The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member."

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Positioning Empire Life Dividend Growth Fund during COVID-19 and beyond

Investments, Off the Cuff

Find out how Doug Cooper is positioning the Empire Life Dividend Growth Fund during COVID-19 in this Off the Cuff video.

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The effect of COVID-19 on the corporate bond market

Investments, Off the Cuff

Albert Ngo discusses how the COVID-19 situation has impacted the corporate bond market in this Off the Cuff video.

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Ten retirement myths series: Myth #7

Investments, Personal Finance

Some rules of thumb and long held assumptions may work well while you are saving for retirement. Holding on to them when you are spending those savings during retirement, may become toxic to your financial health. The myth is that you’ll have enough money to last through retirement as long as the average rate of return matches your plan.

Retirement Myth #7: Your money will last as long as the average rate of return is good.

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Staying the course and finding opportunities

Investments, Off the Cuff

Ashley Misquitta discusses how the investment team continues to manage investments in these uncertain times and where they are finding opportunities in this Off the Cuff video.

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Ten retirement myths series: Myth #6

Investments, Personal Finance

I’m sure you can come up with a list of things that don’t fit the “set it and forget it” philosophy. Set the cruise control and forget it. Set the room temperature and forget it. Invest in a certain investment that has a particular risk associated with it and forget it. You need to make adjustments as the situation changes and as your needs and priorities change. Retirement income planning works like that.

 

Retirement myth #6: You need the same amount of income, indexed for life.

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