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Value of partnership

Working with a partner can help you grow your business while making sure your clients get the best service available throughout the year

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Strategy begins with vision

There is a natural order to the creation of a long-term plan for any business. Begin your planning with a clear vision of what you…

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On deadline: Tax tips

Even if you don't prepare your clients' taxes, you can help with these pointers

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Tech Tips: Tax software for your clients

Help your clients navigate a wide selection of tax preparation products to find the right one for their needs - and their device

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Your clients should feel valued

Clients often feel unimportant because of advisors' failure to manage the experience

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After the rush: Post-RRSP reviews

Now that the contribution deadline has passed, this is a good time to review your clients' changing needs

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Your clients and mental health

Problems such as depression and addiction can affect a client's ability to make financial decisions

Technology with a personal touch

A varied, international education gives Ahilan Balachandran a unique perspective on financial services

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Taming the robo beast

Digital investment platforms, no longer the threat they once appeared to be, are being embraced by some advisors as key elements of their service. These…

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Fintech’s slow, deliberate growth

While digital technology lends itself well to financial planning, the financial services industry faces challenges in keeping up with the rapid pace of change

  • By: Katie Keir
  • February 12, 2019 March 17, 2019
  • 00:13
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Ten essential practice technologies

Advisors who embrace technology experience deeper client relationships, greater efficiency and growing businesses. Here's a look at the top tools for a sound, tech-based practice

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Tech Tips: Top tech mistakes

Careful planning will save time, money - and aggravation

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Locking out the bad guys

Viruses and other malicious software can pose a threat to your computer and mobile devices. Protecting your devices can be inexpensive and easy with these…

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Embracing innovation

A majority of wealth-management companies worldwide rate technology as difficult to master, but banks are committed to developing innovations that help advisors meet clients' needs

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Hazardous to your health?

Digital tools are lifesavers - except when they're not. Learn how to avoid injury when using your favourite devices

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Headwinds approaching

The financial services industry faces many challenges this year, including slowing growth, rising interest rates and changes to the regulatory framework

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A disruptive force

The Ontario government, elected last June, has a policy of deregulation in general, but also is willing to interfere with policy-making directly

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Gradual shifts in the fund industry

As ETFs' explosive growth in AUM continues, expect more actively managed ETFs and lower fees. While mutual funds' massive AUM dominates - for now -…

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Consolidation on the horizon

Squeezed by rising operations costs, heavier compliance burdens, shifting client expectations and tougher competition, independent asset-management firms increasingly are open to fielding attractive offers of…

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Interest rates point to bleak outlook

A flat yield curve — or, worse, an inverted one — will make business for banks, life insurance companies and utilities more difficult. Either curvature…

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Don’t expect major tax reform

Tax specialists anticipate narrowly targeted changes, as opposed to broad-based tax cuts, in the upcoming federal budget as the Liberals prepare for an election

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Will clients embrace alternatives?

New class of mutual funds gives investors access to defensive strategies such as short selling, leveraging and use of derivatives

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Financial planning’s persistent rise

As retiring baby boomers need help with their increasingly complex finances, planning becomes more critical

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Embracing behavioural finance

Helping clients identify how emotion affects their decision-making process regarding investing will become even more important if stock markets or the economy take a turn…

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Catching the RI wave

Although institutional investors have long embraced ESG factors, retail assets in RI-branded funds have tripled since 2015

  • By: Katie Keir
  • January 21, 2019 March 17, 2019
  • 00:03