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Jamie Golombek

As managing director of tax and estate planning with CIBC Financial Planning & Advice in Toronto, Jamie Golombek is quoted frequently in the national media as an expert on taxation.

The case of a Canadian student studying in the U.S. brings to light what happens when CRA officials follow a strict and literal interpretation of the law

  • August 27, 2018 July 10, 2019
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Now is a great time to review your clients’ files to see if you have the most up-to-date information on their available RRSP contribution room

  • July 30, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00

The federal tax agency is making the transition to a new telephone system that will connect callers with agents more efficiently

  • July 2, 2018 July 10, 2019
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The most important consideration in this process is whether a client can use his or her foreign tax credits against other income in the year of transfer

  • June 4, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 06:30

Clients need to be aware of how the CRA’s treatment of income infrom foreign securities affects their investments

  • May 7, 2018 July 10, 2019
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It’s important to be aware that the new rule limiting access to the small business deduction for CCPCs in 2019 is based on 2018 income

  • April 9, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Budget 2018 revealed the government’s new approach to passive income in a CCPC; let’s crunch some numbers

  • March 11, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 10:33

Although clients may be upset at having to pay taxes on their RRSP and RRIF withdrawals, RRSPs are the optimal, long-term savings vehicle for most clients

  • February 9, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 13:59

Here are three simple tax strategies you and your clients should keep in mind for minimizing taxes this year

  • January 15, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 07:05

There are three key tax considerations you and your clients should keep in mind when making decisions on charitable donations for the end of 2017

  • December 10, 2017 July 10, 2019
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Paul Bourque

Thinking outside the box: the CSA as a fintech adopter

The CSA’s renewed system project is an opportunity for the regulator to innovate

  • July 18, 2019 July 18, 2019
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The value of asking clients for a trusted contact

Getting a contact name early can help advisors manage issues before they arise

  • May 15, 2019 July 10, 2019
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Applying a behavioural lens to improve financial disclosure

Research shows that behavioural insights can improve the way information is shared with investors

  • March 13, 2019 July 10, 2019
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Controlling the cost of regulation is a must

Regulators need to introduce systemic changes that will control the growth of regulation, improve regulatory efficiency and reduce the regulatory burden

  • January 17, 2019 July 10, 2019
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Advisor at Risk

Ellen Bessner

Succession for advisors

Don’t leave your dependents in the lurch

  • July 12, 2019 July 12, 2019
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Avoiding conflicts in soliciting arrangements

IIROC and the CSA have provided new guidance to dealers

  • June 14, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 15:24

If the regulator or SRO comes knocking, answer the door

Not responding will result in a much harsher penalty

  • May 17, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:00

Understanding your fiduciary duty

Tips for knowing when you’re in a fiduciary relationship and providing dutiful service

  • April 18, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 17:00
Tax Matters

Jamie Golombek

New stock options rules introduced

What advisors need to know before the rules take effect in January

  • July 5, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:21

Appeal Court upholds RRSP overcontribution penalties

Recent FCA case confirms lower court decision denying relief of overcontribution tax, penalties and interest

  • June 7, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 14:34

A cautionary tale on interest deductibility

A recent FCA case confirms a lower court’s decision restricting interest deductibility when ROC is involved

  • May 10, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:00

Canadians love their tax refunds

Advisors can play a huge role in helping clients understand how taxes affect their investments

  • April 12, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 12:17

Debunking the ETF liquidity myth

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  • July 2, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:00
Focus on Financial Planning

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A welcome new regulatory era in Ontario

The FSRA’s regulation of advisor and planner titles could influence policy in other jurisdictions

  • June 28, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 13:43

Long overdue title protection coming to Ontario

But the devil will be in the details

  • May 3, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:49

Now is the time to regulate financial services titles

Consumers expect professionalism and true value from financial advisors

  • March 8, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 17:00

Turbulent markets require a professional touch

Professional financial planners are uniquely positioned to help clients stay on track during periods of market volatility

  • January 14, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00
Responsible Investing

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Sustainable finance: three things advisors need to know

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  • June 21, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 13:49

Gender lens investing

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  • April 26, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:00

Impact investing goes public

Growing awareness of social and environmental problems has laid the foundation for impact investing

  • March 1, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 16:00

Retail investors join institutions on climate concerns

Ignoring the financial risks related to climate change no longer is a viable option for investment professionals

  • January 7, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00
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Ian Russell

Streamlining eDelivery for prospectuses

How the “notice and access” mechanism for proxy voting could be extended to other documents

  • June 12, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 15:38

The OSC Burden Reduction Task Force can make a difference to clients

Lower compliance costs will allow advisors to better serve smaller investors

  • April 16, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 17:09

Investors can benefit from regulatory streamlining

Clients have demanded an integrated platform of products and services driven by their desire for convenient, one-stop shopping

  • February 14, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

FSRA will have many benefits

Ontario’s new insurance regulator will raise the standards of transparency and conduct not only in the province, but nationally

  • December 14, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 06:30
Focus on Financial Planning

Keith Costello

Deciphering Ontario’s Financial Professionals Title Protection Act

Financial planners and advisors should be aware that the act may go beyond title protection

  • May 31, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 15:54

Helping clients avoid market groupthink

Long-term investment portfolio values and retirement goals can suffer when your clients follow market irrationality

  • April 23, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 15:43

Harmonization is the key to reducing regulatory load

Multiple rules and regimes mean increased costs for advisors, planners and clients

  • February 11, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Traditional retirement planning may not meet Canadians’ needs

Financial planners and financial advisors need to re-evaluate retirement planning processes to ensure they resonate with their clients

  • December 3, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 05:30
Technology

David Reeve

Preparing for the intergenerational wealth transfer

As millennials inherit their parents’ wealth, advisors will need to evolve their business practices

  • May 24, 2019 July 14, 2019
  • 16:56

How to increase digital adoption for client wealth reporting

Three key steps to improve investor engagement and advisor success

  • April 5, 2019 July 14, 2019
  • 13:48

Technology can ease the regulatory burden

Advisors and dealers are looking for strategies to remain compliant while managing costs and improving client satisfaction

  • February 7, 2019 July 14, 2019
  • 07:00

Get ahead on the client-focused reforms

Advisors could begin to use technology now to stay onside of the CSA’s proposed client-focused reforms when they take effect

  • December 10, 2018 July 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Compliance CX

Susan Silma

Is technology encouraging short-term thinking in clients?

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  • May 22, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 17:30

Focus on people, not just products

Increase engagement by focusing on your client’s goals rather than only the details of their investments

  • March 20, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 15:50

Improve client engagement with technology

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  • January 24, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Do the right thing for your clients

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  • November 22, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

The benefits of factor-based investing

Why to consider multifactor ETFs

  • April 30, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 12:26

Constructing ETF portfolios

The amount of time and effort put into deciding the benchmark for each portfolio you build is critical

  • February 4, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Making the paradigm shift to ETFs

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  • November 8, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 06:15

Technology will drive harmonization, regulators say

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  • January 2, 2018 July 10, 2019
  • 10:30

AI is not just another fad

AI is slowly making its way into the wealth-management industry and will ultimately transform financial advisors’ role

  • October 29, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 13:00

Is financial services the next music industry?

Blockchain technology may transform financial services just as peer-to-peer file-sharing technology changed the music industry almost 20 years ago

  • September 4, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 17:00

Clients want humans, not robots

Far from replacing interaction with real people, technology strengthens the financial advisor’s client service

  • July 10, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00
Cybersecurity

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Managing the risks related to social media

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  • September 20, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 16:20

Why security professionals fell short on ransomware attacks

Although it’s costly to upgrade key IT systems, the costs of not doing so could be much greater

  • July 27, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Cyberthreats extend beyond money

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  • May 25, 2017 July 10, 2019
  • 09:30

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  • 06:00
Responsible Investing

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  • 06:00

Opportunity knocks for investors who want to make an impact

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  • October 20, 2016 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Diversity makes dollars and sense

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  • August 18, 2016 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Good corporate governance matters

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  • June 16, 2016 July 10, 2019
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Be bold, regulators

Those still timorous and uncertain about introducing a best interest duty have a duty, themselves, to become decisive

  • October 31, 2016 July 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Non-GAAP metrics: investors’ little helpers or harmful nonsense?

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  • 05:00

Class dismissed

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  • September 6, 2016 July 10, 2019
  • 09:00

Why is deficient issuer disclosure allowed to persist?

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  • August 8, 2016 July 10, 2019
  • 06:30
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Ermanno Pascutto

The CSA must act on critical reforms

Two key issues — the best-interests standard and reform of mutual fund fees — require timely and effective action

  • March 2, 2014 July 10, 2019
  • 16:31

Treat shareholders fairly when venture issuers raise capital

FAIR Canada supports exemptions that have the key features of rights offerings or private placements in compliance with the TSXV’s private placement rules

  • February 3, 2014 July 10, 2019
  • 06:15

Reform of accredited investor exemption is needed

Current regulations assume that an investor’s wealth is a proxy for sophistication. This has to change

  • January 6, 2014 July 10, 2019
  • 06:30

Canadians deserve real price competition in mutual funds

Paying fees for financial advice separately from those of financial products would result in price competition and better advice

  • November 25, 2013 July 10, 2019
  • 06:00