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Paying down debt: a great investment

Investments, Personal Finance

The world seems to revolve around credit cards and getting loyalty points.

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Getting a Grip on Excessive Debt

Investments, Personal Finance

Debt used to be a four letter word. Now it’s just a word. Is it good debt or bad debt? What can you do to get a better grip on your spending and redirect money to grow your investable assets?

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Emblem Portfolios in Action

Investments, Tactical Updates

Increased Canadian Equities, Decreased U.S. Equities

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Why Everyone Needs a Will

Investments, Personal Finance

Making a Will is an important part of your estate planning. Everyone—wealthy or not—should consider having a Will. Most of us don’t like to think about writing a Will, yet it’s one of the best ways to ensure your estate is managed for your loved ones in accordance with your wishes after your death.

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Millennials and Retirement

Investments, Personal Finance

In my last article, I wrote about Age, Gender and Retirement Perspectives. The opinion of retirees and older workers alike is that millennials may have a better chance to control their future when it comes to saving money for their future lifestyles. Let's take a closer look at that and consider the millennial perspective.

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Performance Capture Ratios

Investment Views, Investments

There are many statistical measures available to help evaluate an investment’s performance. Arguably, investors are less sensitive to performance when markets are rising and more sensitive when the markets are falling. Therefore, a measure that separately analyses performance into these two buckets may be a useful component of an investor’s due diligence process.

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Life & Money Matters: Accumulating Money

Investments, Personal Finance

Saving for retirement is tough, considering all of the demands you have now. But with the numerous investment options available, how do you choose which one is right for you? In this installment of Life & Money Matters Peter discusses the three things you need to accumulate money.

 

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5 tips for financial success in later life

Investments, Personal Finance

The things you need to do to build your finances which can support your wants and goals are simple. Sometimes doing them isn't so simple. For most people, this becomes a matter of choice. Practice makes it easier. Here are some tips to build lifestyle success for your future you.

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Emblem Portfolios in Action

Investments, Tactical Updates

In our last tactical update, we cited the market’s overly optimistic view towards U.S. equities. This resulted in decreased U.S. equity targets in the Emblem Portfolios, and increased targets towards Canadian equities and fixed income. While it did take some time to begin unfolding, U.S. equities did initiate a slight correction, with the S&P 500 declining 0.7% since March 1st. Over the same period, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 1.9%.

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Retirement. What’s the worry and why?

Investments, Personal Finance

A fear of retirement continues to grip Canadians, even as retired Canadians lead happy lives. This is supported by the headlines you read, the sound bites you hear on television and the research that continues to focus on retirement. A recent report on Retirement noted that almost 7/10 working age people are worried about running out of money and having enough money to live on day to day.1 A Retirement Risk Survey by the Society of Actuaries found the following 2 concerns:

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