Peter C. - Advisors Story: Transition & Grow
Hidden Trigger for Another (Flash) Crash: Passive Investing
In the 1990s, Peter worked for a “big insurance” company, designing financial plans for clients before financial planning was a buzz word. But, at the height of his career making good money, he decided to pack it in to start his own business.
His mission was to build long-term financial plans to meet client goals – something he didn’t feel he could fulfill under the umbrella of a big financial services firm. In 1996, he started his own company which has since grown through referrals and some smart business moves.
Peter wanted to spend more time with his clients creating custom financial plans. If he could save time on the portfolio management and administrative side of the business, Peter and his business partner knew that further growth would be achievable.
￼Bad behaviour from the big banks? Try their competitors
Passive investors don't recognize they are actually making active management decisions without understanding what they own.
David Trainer | Jul 11, 2017
Back in December 2013, we put “passive investors” in the Danger Zone for not recognizing that they are actually making active management decisions while skipping out on the due diligence of knowing what they own. We showed how it is practically impossible to make a “passive” choice given the sheer number of index fund options in almost every market segment. Moreover, there are wide holdings differences between funds that, according to their names, appear to be tracking the same thing. Judging by the continued flow of assets into passive index funds and ETFs, investors remain unfazed by these concerns.
'We are all doing it': Employees at Canada's 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 08, 2017 4:12PM EST
Make it a goal in 2017 to try one new financial product from a company not associated with one of the big banks.
Try an alternative bank offering comparatively high interest rates on savings, or a credit union. Try a robo-adviser, where your investment portfolio is managed for you online at low cost. Try an independent financial-advice firm, or one of the non-bank online brokerage firms that scored well in my recent broker ranking.
Big banks are among this country’s strongest corporations, and they have some good people working for them in branches and head office. But the need to produce ever large profits...
Is your Insurance Coverage In-Force?
Calls for parliamentary inquiry following Go Public investigation
By Erica Johnson, CBC News
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 5:00 AM ET
Employees from each of Canada's five major banks say sales pressures are forcing them to use what they consider unethical practices on customers. (Dillon Hodgin/CBC)
Employees from all five of Canada's big banks have flooded Go Public with stories of how they feel pressured to upsell, trick and even lie to customers to meet unrealistic sales targets and keep their jobs.
The deluge is fuelling multiple calls for a parliamentary inquiry, even as the banks claim they're acting in customers' best interests.
New Investment Disclosures Lack Detail
This article from July 2013 was recently brought to our attention by one of our team members. Not only does it resonate with us because it involves the loss of a loved one due to brain cancer, but it is something that we at Everything Financial take seriously with respect to our clients in-force policies. When the premiums on a policy are not paid, the insurance coverage that is in place is in jeopardy of lapsing and becoming void. Often this happens by accident when the insured changes bank accounts and forgets to update the carrier, or there are insufficient funds available in the account at the time of withdrawal. The Insurance Carrier will send out a letter to the insured letting them know that their policy is in jeopardy of lapsing and will inform them as to what needs to be done to ensure it remains in-force. Sometimes the...
The True Cost of Investing in Mutual Funds
Some financial providers are doing the bare minimum to comply with new rules
by Mark Brown
February 8th, 2017
New disclosure rules promised to provide investors more clarity on performance, charges and fees, but some financial institutions have decided to provide only the minimum information required.
The new regulatory requirements are laid out in CRM2, the second phase of the Client Relationship Modeladopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. Under these rules financial institutions must now provide investors with two new reports. These reports are separate from the portfolio statements investors already receive and view online. While portfolio...
Canadians Dipping Into RRSPs
Mutual funds are very popular and with very good reason, they offer significantadvantages including but not limited to:
- Professional portfolio management
- Instant diversification
- Opportunity to invest in foreign and domestic markets
- Low minimum investments
Taxes and Succession Planning
Have you been withdrawing from your RRSPs to cover illness and disability expenses despite heavy government penalties on early withdrawals? You're not alone.
To protect themselves, many Canadians are turning to insurance - critical illness insurance, disability insurance, and long-term care (LTC) insurance.
Click here to read The Globe and Mail coverage on the trend and how insurance can make a big difference.
If you're a business owner, this special information feature from Manulife Financial is for you. It outlines the importance of a succession plan for the best tax results.
Does your business have appropriate plans in place for a succession? Is it detailed enough?
Click here for The Globe and Mail article with descriptions of three common business succession plans.