A second home in the U.S.—good investment idea or not

A second home in the U.S.—good investment idea or not

Despite market uncertainty in key U.S. markets, many of us are buying second homes with the belief that  further price increases are inevitable and will make those winter havens good investments.

A while back I was interviewed about this trend on CTV. Apparently I surprised everybody… Read More

How to calculate your capital gains tax

How to calculate your capital gains tax

Do you have to pay capital gains tax for the 2017 tax year? Here’s the general path to figuring that out
When you sell any stock outside of an RRSP or RRIF, you must pay capital gains tax if you’ve made a profit on the sale. Determining your capital gains… Read More

How to get the most capital gains tax benefits from your RRSP

How to get the most capital gains tax benefits from your RRSP

Investors sometimes ask us whether they should hold certain investments inside or outside an RRSP to get the most tax benefits. Historically, there were certain investments that could increase your capital gains tax if you held them in your RRSP. In September 2019, that remains the case.
Holding… Read More

Blue chip ETFs focus on Canada

Blue chip ETFs focus on Canada

These two blue chip ETFs hold mostly large-capitalization, widely traded stocks on the Canadian exchange. Both funds mirror, or track, the performance of major stock market indexes as opposed to narrower ones focused on resources or themes, such as solar power or biotech.

Blue chip… Read More

Hidden risks of prepaid funerals

Hidden risks of prepaid funerals

Prepaid funerals may seem like a great deal for older investors, but you need to know about the hidden risks
For example, a member of Inner Circle recently asked whether there is any advantage to spending money on prepaid funerals. So you can get a sense of… Read More

The hidden dangers of online trading

The hidden dangers of online trading

It doesn’t get as much play in the media as it did a decade ago, but even in the volatile market of 2020, online trading carries hidden dangers that aren’t always evident at first.
The main risk comes from the fact that online trading may seem… Read More

Investing in stocks: The hidden drawbacks of split-share corporations

Investing in stocks: The hidden drawbacks of split-share corporations

Split-share corporations come with inherent drawbacks that can hand investors unexpected and unwelcomed costs before they’d planned
Split-share corporations: they’re just one of the areas that Pat McKeough’s Inner Circle can tap into our investment research. Members also get to ask investment questions of Pat and his… Read More

7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

Canadian stock options can generate a lot of money for your broker, but here’s seven ways they can cost you even more
Trading Canadian stock options can generate a lot of brokerage commissions, which is why some young, aggressive brokers recommend them for their clients. That’s despite… Read More