A recent proposal tabled by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) that was designed to hold investment advisers who work for bank-owned investment dealers, mutual fund and insurance companies to a higher standard of client care was recently rejected by the Canada’s provincial securities regulators. The quashed “best-interest standard”—an overarching rule stating that investment advisers must put their clients’ interests first—did succeed in bringing to light many conflicts of interest clients face when dealing with financial advisers. Importantly, independent portfolio managers like Bridgeport Asset Management sit outside this debate because they already owe a “fiduciary duty” to their clients: they are [...]
Considering the historically favourable tax-deferral strategy of retaining and investing corporate earnings vs paying dividends, accumulating assets in a company has long been the default retirement plan for many business owners. Recent changes to how passive corporate income is taxed has renewed interest in a favourable but lesser-known alternative to retained corporate earnings and RRSPs, namely, the Individual Pension Plan (IPP). Most of us are familiar with the common defined benefit pension plan. Based on a formula involving matching ratios, employee service with the company and income level, employees and their employer make regular contributions to the plan. In turn, [...]
John Fisher, president and chief investment officer at Bridgeport Asset Management, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss Brideport's investment strategy and where he's seeing value in the Canadian and U.S. markets.
As many of you are aware, the Canadian government announced new rules in February concerning the taxation of passive income in Canadian controlled private corporations (CCPCs). The Liberals’ original draft legislation proposed to target tax strategies that have been used by small businesses and professionals since the early 1970s so naturally the initial announcement in July 2017 drew widespread condemnation. The government’s concern with the accumulation of passive income-generating investments in private companies stems from the fact that CCPCs pay a blended federal and provincial small business tax rate of 13.5% (in Ontario) on active business income up to the [...]
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 [...]
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.