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February 2014


With a new "best interests" standard being discussed and more clients willing to complain about losses, advisors need to assess their litigation risks

A proposed guidance will address issues of compliance, supervision and other practices when serving senior investors

Comment & Insight

There are troubling signs that PQ proposals for two new real estate projects in downtown Montreal will cost far too much

Neil Young's comparison of the cycle of resources assessment, development and reclamation to atomic bombs is outrageously false

Even though Harper's Tories have good news, such as the trade deal with Europe, they can't seem to stop putting their worst foot forward

Power outages and rolling blackouts are an annoying fact of life in many regions of the world – most notably, in war-torn and poverty-ridden regions.…

Focus on Products

Toronto-based RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBCGAM) has launched four new exchange-traded funds (ETFs): RBC 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond ETF, RBC Quant U.S. Dividend…

Toronto-based Dynamic Funds, a division of 1832 Asset Management LP, has made several changes regarding portfolio managers for its family of funds. Tom Dicker and…

Montreal-based National Bank Securities Inc. has introduced three new funds: National Bank Floating Rate Income Fund, National Bank Global Tactical Bond Fund and National Bank…

Toronto-based Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. has added two new ETFs to its fund lineup: Horizons BetaPro MSCI Japan Bull Plus ETF and the Horizons…

Be cautious in following star portfolio managers

These type of bonds may be less vulnerable to rising interest rates

Building Your Business

Focusing your insurance business on a single profession has many advantages. You can build your client base by becoming an expert in the needs of…

Daniel Collison's tome offers the critical education that advisors need to build and sustain a successful business. Don't be put off by this book's heft,…

Andrew Johns has been an entrepreneur since he started his lawn-mowing company at age 10. Today, his team boasts $2 billion in AUM and an…

Gluten-free products are popping up in every supermarket’s aisles. Despite the premium price tags, people are flocking to gluten-free options (such as bread, pasta and…

After advisor Nicolas Anstis went out on his own, he was able to triple his income within 18 months, thanks in large part to his…

Regulators in Australia, the U.K. and other countries have taken steps to move financial advisors toward fee-based compensation models. Although Canadian regulators are hesitant, the…

As a global trend toward fee-based compensation models gathers steam, there is a strong case for Canadian advisors to make the shift

Although you should always seek independent legal advice before entering into anything as important as a succession agreement, here are some guidelines for the kind…

Conventional wisdom says it's conversations with clients, and their satisfaction levels, that drive referrals. But more recent research suggests it all really depends on the…

Report on the Nation

A decline in mineral exploration has had an impact on Canada's three territories, but strong growth is still expected

Newfoundland and Labrador's growth will not come anywhere near the whopping 6% rise in real GDP the province saw in 2013

Two factors spell good news for exports and manufacturing in New Brunswick

Several key initiatives will lead to solid growth for Nova Scotia in 2014, placing it in the middle of the pack among the provinces

P.E.I.'s economy is expected to get a boost this year, as demand from the U.S. and Canada ramps up

Although the province's diverse economy adds stability, it is suffering from a range of issues that make strong GDP growth elusive

With the housing market down and consumer spending tepid, exports and investment must be the drivers of growth

After a year of strong growth, lower commodities prices will moderate Saskatchewan's GDP growth in 2014

Healthy investment in the oil industry creates strong employment. Other industries, such as agriculture, also are flourishing

New initiatives, such as liquefied natural gas, and strengthening demand from the U.S. are putting B.C. on track

Investment research

Significant disparities exist between American and Canadian consumers and how they spend their money

There is cause for concern, as a group of Canadian stocks with top price stability are dropping in terms of relative strength

A new breed of hybrid, contingent convertibles are bonds that behave like equities but pay interest like bonds

Front Page

Strong growth anticipated in professional and financial services

Some experts contend the budget will not contain costly initiatives

Only B.C. and Ontario have committed to the national initiative