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Deal with a commissioned sales person for your car or buying a TV but not your life savings for goodness sake!
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The end of the $10,000 TFSA, higher taxes for the 1% less taxes for middle Canada
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has repeatedly pledged help for Canada’s middle class. Here’s what he’s promised to do as Prime Minister of Canada as it relates to household balance sheets.
Cut the annual Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) contribution limit from $10,000 back to $5,500. Arguably one of Trudeau’s least popular campaign promises (an Angus Reid survey recently found that 67% of Canadians aren’t in favour of any political party reversing the increase), the roll back could cost savers tens of thousands of dollars over the long. High-income individuals stand to lose an estimated $53,000 over 30 years, assuming 5% equity returns and a combined federal and provincial tax rate of 50%
Raise income taxes on the top 1% of earners, trim it for everyone else. a promise to cut the middle income tax bracket from 22% to 20.5% for Canadians earning between $44,700 and $89,401 a year, amounting to savings of $670 a year (or $1,340 for a two-income household). He’s also promised to create a new tax bracket of 33% for those earning $200,000 a year or more.
Reduce payroll taxes. (EI) premiums are expected to fall to $1.65 per $100 under a Liberal majority government.
Give a little here, take a little there, from young families. Trudeau has vowed to cancel the up to $2,000 annual benefit to couples with kids under the age of 18 leveraging the recently introduced income splitting for families option. He also said he would ditch the Universal Child Care Benefit for Canada’s wealthiest families and instead introduce the Canada Child Benefit that will give the majority of families up to $2,500 more, tax-free, every year (typically for a family of four).
Home-ownership . A 10-year investment in social housing, prioritizing affordable housing and seniors’ facilities (including building more units and refurbishing existing units) as well as removing all GST for developers of new affordable rental housing projects. The Liberals also said they would loosen the existing qualification rules for the Home Buyers Plan allowing more Canadians affected by sudden and significant life changes (such as divorce) to access their RRSP savings for a down payment on a second home.
Restore the traditional retirement age. The Liberals have vowed to restore the Old Age Security eligibility ages back to 65 after the Conservatives under Stephen Harper had introduced a plan to gradually raise the eligibility age to 67 for anyone born in or after 1958. Trudeau has promised however to leave pension income splitting intact for seniors as well as introduce a new seniors price index to ensure benefits keep up with rising living costs and a 10% boost to the GIS for single, low-income seniors.
Grants and grace periods for students and young professionals. Trudeau made headlines when he said he would eliminate the need for graduates to repay their student loans until they are earning at least $25,000 per year. He also pledged to increase the maximum Canada Student Grant to $3,000 per year for full-time students and to $1,800 per year for part-time students while increasing the income thresholds for eligibility so that more students can access to the program. On the flip side, Trudeau said he would cancel existing textbook tax credits for all.
Lamar Odom in happier healthier times. Whatever you think of the Kardashian saga no one would wish this mess on their worst enemy.
Despite divorcing word is he didn't update wills and health care directive so guess who now gets to make the decisions?
My clients are used to me showing up with the medication bottle we put all this info in in the fridge door so medics and family can find it QUICK.
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When it comes to picking winners studies show most of us overestimate the importance of skill and underestimate the role of random chance.
I believe in "evidence based investing" not the sales pitch we are so often fed to sell products. I never expect a client to believe me we review the solid academic theory behind decisions together.
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Ask an active manager where he stands on EMH and wait for the nervous twitch to start
What is EMH? Efficient Market Hypothesis : Together we know more than we do alone
In excess of 39 million trades a day $200 billion go on each day
That collective knowledge is powerful
When you try to predict the market it adds anxiety and risk , you are competing against the collective knowledge of all these buyers and sellers.
Markets are efficient enough trying to outperform them through stock picking or market timing is a waste of effort, time and money, as this video explains
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Eugene Fama not a household name but should be. Known as the Father of Modern Finance he jokes about his Italian roots preferring to be called the Godfather, controversial, admired by academics and unloved by Wall Street.
50 years ago Nobel Laureate Fama became the first big user of computers in finance applying scientific rigor to investment management. In the video clip I love the computers that run off hole punched cards.
Fama believes that market prices include all known data therefore it is impossible to consistently beat the market. Frequently saying it means that the vast majority of investment professionals add no discernible value ( just go buy the market ).
Watch out for the wolf of Wall Street Fama!