The Ins and Outs of Capital Gains Tax for Investors

The Ins and Outs of Capital Gains Tax for Investors

Capital gains occur when an investor sells an asset. To calculate capital gains, the total of the adjusted cost base (ACB) is subtracted from the proceeds of the sale. The adjusted cost base of the shares is equal to the cost of the shares plus… Read More

Conservative Investing as an Investment Strategy

Conservative Investing as an Investment Strategy

A conservative investing approach means building a well-balanced portfolio gradually, over time
Conservative investing is an investment strategy that involves a focus on lower-risk, predictable and stable businesses. This strategy typically involves the purchase of blue-chip stocks and other low-risk investments. A conservative investing approach also… Read More

Your Guide to Building a Strong Investment Portfolio

Your Guide to Building a Strong Investment Portfolio

For successful investors, good portfolio management centres around building a well-balanced portfolio.
Portfolio management is the process of choosing and monitoring the investment holdings for an individual or institution.

4 balancing acts for a successful portfolio

For successful investors, good portfolio management will include these 4 balancing… Read More

Your guide to tax-free savings accounts

Your guide to tax-free savings accounts

Tax free savings accounts let you earn investment income tax free. Make sure you’re getting the most profit and tax benefits from your TFSA.
The federal government first made the tax free savings account (TFSA) available to investors in January 2009. These accounts let you earn… Read More

Dear Pat and team: I have a numbered company, with equity holdings I must sell off over four years. My accountant has advised me to sell roughly 25% of the value of its equities each year, for the next four years. Could you recommend which ones to sell in what order to account for about 25% of the total value each year? Here’s the list:

CI Canadian Bond Fund

 $ 31,286

CI Canadian Equity

 $ 73,406

CI Corporate Bond

 $ 37,783

iShares Cdn S&P/TSX60

 $ 22,640

iShares MSCI JAPAN ETF

 $ 22,640

BCE Inc.

 $ 7,592

SPDR S&P China ETF

 $ 6,783

WestJet Airlines

 $ 12,090

Cash

 $ 3,489

TOTAL Investments

 $ 217,710

A: We don’t generally recommend that investors hold mutual funds, mostly because of their higher fees.
In particular,… Read More