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Reports from PwC, Manulife and Purpose address the uncertainty

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Escalation of the U.S./China trade war is the biggest risk

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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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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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As ETFs' explosive growth in AUM continues, expect more actively managed ETFs and lower fees. While mutual funds' massive AUM dominates - for now - both types of investments have a place in client portfolios

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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 sale or merger

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A flat yield curve — or, worse, an inverted one — will make business for banks, life insurance companies and utilities more difficult. Either curvature also is a sign of poor business conditions ahead

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

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