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Advocis puts new spin on financial literacy

Website and podcast timed with the opening week of Canada’s Financial Literacy Month

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November is Financial Literacy Month

IFSE launches Tip of the Day awareness campaign

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CRA increases maximum pensionable earnings for the CPP

The increase of 2.7% to $57,400 from $55,900 was calculated according to a formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and…

  • By: IE Staff
  • November 1, 2018 November 1, 2018
  • 10:00
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Parental guidance

Clients with aging parents may need help in ensuring those seniors are prepared for what lies ahead

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A cure for yearend gloom

This five-step review of your practice can help you prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and boost your confidence in your ability to thrive…

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Tech Tips: Get your email under control

There are various email apps available to choose from, each with unique features and tools - from enhanced security to calendar integration - for use…

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Effective tax rate rises for Canada’s top 1%

Tax filers with a total income of more than $3 million had the largest increase in their effective federal income tax rate in 2016

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$250,000 salary would make Canadians feel “financially comfortable”

Income expectations vary by age

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Handling passive-investment rules

Recent changes to the way that active business income earned within a private corporation is taxed may affect some of your high net-worth clients

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Financial planning aids asset retention: report

U.S. advisors are increasingly using financial planning to build trust with clients

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Echelon Wealth appoints chief client officer

Advisors can reduce the risks of wealth transfer by meeting with client’s children, says Deborah McGrath

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Why it’s important to involve the children of HNWIs in estate planning

Advisors must start relationships with prospective heirs early to demonstrate why they are better than the competition

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Creative differences

Self-employed artists - such as sculptors, painters, musicians and actors - face special financial planning challenges, from retirement planning to taxes

How to talk to clients about RI

Five steps to encourage the conversation

Slideshow: Do you know what clients really think? Take our quiz

The Financial Comfort Zone Study offers insight into the relationships among financial advice, financial well-being and overall life satisfaction in Canadian society

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 26, 2018 August 14, 2018
  • 06:00

Two steps to create “revelation questions”

Jim Ruta explains how to create “revelation questions” for prospects that help them take advantage of the advice advisors offer

  • By: Jim Ruta
  • September 6, 2017 August 14, 2018
  • 10:25

Groups introduce new strategic philanthropic designation for advisors

The program will allow advisors to develop strategic plans focused on philanthropy for individuals and families interested in charitable giving

  • By: IE Staff
  • September 20, 2018 September 20, 2018
  • 11:15

Canadians missing out on tax breaks for caregivers: poll

Canadians contribute an average $430 per month to care for aging or ill family members

Trust betrayed

Regulators and dealer firms have been slow to come up with a clear process for financial advisors to handle suspected cases of elder financial abuse.…

Four ways to effect change

Why do so many advisors postpone making meaningful modifications to the way they work until they begin losing clients? Here are some steps you can…

Tech Tips: Can you ditch your laptop?

Early tablets were designed to consume information, not to produce it. Now, vendors are offering up tablets as complete replacements that are able to keep…

Following your own advice

After decades of helping clients plan for retirement, do you have a plan of your own?

Tech tips: Get more from social media

Maintaining a steady stream of content is essential in showing readers that you are engaged and productive. There are tools and techniques to help you…

Why referrals are declining

Reports from financial advisors and industry data indicate that clients are not referring their friends and family members as frequently as they did in years…

Why banning life insurance sales incentives won’t help consumers

Jim Ruta cautions that banning sales incentives may lead to fewer families with life insurance coverage

  • By: Jim Ruta
  • September 13, 2017 August 14, 2018
  • 14:30

Casual Friday: Dress codes getting more casual

Although less formal office attire is becoming more acceptable, you still need to be aware of what’s appropriate

Casual Friday: Free apps can help you stay healthy

From yoga to diet to a good night’s sleep, these handy tools promote healthy living

Casual Friday: Should you become a minimalist?

Advocates say the trend of reducing possessions, consumption and spending can be liberating. And you don’t have to give up everything