“Money makes money. And the money that money makes, makes more money.”1 This quote by Benjamin Franklin is referencing the power of compound interest. Albert Einstein extolled the wealth-building virtues of compound interest as well. He is reputed as saying he considered it to be man's greatest invention and the eighth wonder of the world.2 A much simpler way to describe compound interest is that it is an excellent way to watch your investments grow exponentially over time.
Although Canada is still struggling with lower oil prices and a major political scandal in Ottawa, the Toronto Stock Exchange continued to move upwards in April.
It's been a fantastic start to the year for many markets around the world and the TSX hit a record high on April 24th. With Interest Rates likely on hold in Canada and the United States, we're also seeing a much better climate for Bonds.
It's certainly been a major reversal from the rough end we had to 2018. Your quarterly statements will reflect this dramatic upwards momentum.
We had a wonderful Spring Break here in Calgary and had a lot of family time with the girls. We did a number of activities right here in Calgary including a fun day downtown. We met up with some friends and family and got in a few meals at local restaurants. On top of that, the weather was nice so we spent a lot of time outside. Vienna, Berlin & London had a great time!
With a few weeks to go before the year-end, you may wish to think about some moves you can take now to save you some taxes for 2016.
Along with the usual advice to do any tax loss selling before December 23rd on any equity investments to offset any capital gains earned in other investments during 2016, there are a few new tax planning strategies that you can take advantage of.
It is next to impossible to know when you might be impacted by a financial emergency; therefore, it is important to be prepared for something unforeseen in the future. Most people have heard the saying about saving money for a "rainy day". With the right forward planning, there is a great chance of being able to avoid a financial crisis should this present itself at a later date.
How much emergency funds are enough?
It’s Stampede time here in Calgary but the ride I’m referring to has more to do with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union than any amusement park! The last day of June saw an incredible panic as the big British Vote which many expected would favour a “stay” went the other direction.
It is not uncommon for an individual or organization, such as a charity or community tennis club, to consult a financial planner or investment advisor regarding investment returns that can be generated on some spare cash that is not needed in the immediate future.
Canadians, like many nationalities, have a home bias when it comes to investing. The majority, if not all of their investments, such as RRSPs, real estate, mutual funds and businesses, are in Canada and are tied to its future economic growth.
These Canadian investments could see reduced returns in the future, however, due to a growing shift in the balance of economic power towards China and the East and away from the U.S. and Western countries.