Previously, we wrote about the risks of gifting your children a down payment in today’s housing market. Stifling mortgage payments, rising interest costs and house price corrections all need to be considered, particularly in hot Canadian real estate markets like Toronto and Vancouver where even modest housing price corrections can wipe-out generous gifts. Still, providing financial assistance to loved ones remains at the top of many parental wish lists, with down-payment support ranking about as highly as the desire to help with education costs. Options like these are also often preferred to cash gifts if there’s any doubt about an [...]
Today’s big test of parental devotion is the gift of money for a house down payment. But is this a smart gift to make?
It’s a question clients ask us a lot: can we, or should we, gift our kids cash for a down payment on their first home? It’s a thorny issue that puts parents in a tricky spot. Most parents’ gut instinct, of course, is to do everything they can to help their children. But in this case, doing so could do more harm than good. We’ll give you three reasons why in a moment. It’s easy to see why more parents are giving their kids an assist in cracking the housing market, especially in big cities like Toronto, where the average residence [...]
As money managers, we get asked about DIY investing all the time — and we agree it can work for some people, especially if they enjoy tracking markets and investments, have the right skills and temperament — and can also handle the extra work and stress that comes along with managing your own money. But there is one big risk when it comes to self-directed investing — and it’s one that many people often forget about.
On April 1, 2018, it is expected that the CRA will double the inter-spousal loan rate from 1% to 2%. We recommend that clients consider making use of this income splitting strategy before the April 1 deadline in order to maximize tax savings.
With the arrival of 2018, we thought it would be useful to remind you of the contribution limits for the various registered accounts you may wish to fund. RRSPs The deadline for 2017 contributions is Wednesday, March 1, 2018.
There are trillions of dollars in negative yielding bonds trading right now – literally thousands of investors paying borrowers to take their money. How did the "financial upside down" become a new norm in the world and what happens when interest rates start to move higher?
While the Canadian economy is still struggling with oil’s rapid descent, there are many advisors out there who weren’t surprised by last year’s calamity. John Fisher, the founder of Bridgeport Asset Management, was one of them – Bridgeport avoids investing in the oil & gas industry, preferring instead to focus on more stable sectors such as healthcare. Since founding Bridgeport in 2007 after making his name at Clairvest Group, Fisher has led the company from strength to strength by following an investment criteria that prioritizes predictable earnings, robust profit margins and a reliable return on invested capital.
John Fisher believes in putting his money where his client is. Called “eating your own cooking” in industry parlance, it is intended to inspire investor confidence that he will be sure to act in their best interest. It’s a practice that helped Mr. Fisher launch his boutique investment firm, Toronto’s Bridgeport Asset Management Inc.