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Kicking off the school year with RESPs

With the new school year kicking off and kids headed to classrooms, now is a great time to start thinking about how prepared you are for their future education. While it may seem far away, planning for your child or grandchild’s post-secondary education early on can pay off big over time. Costs for post-secondary education – universities, trade schools, colleges…
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Changes in the Canadian SRO landscape and what it means for Alberta investors

There are two self-regulatory organizations (SROs) in Canada that strive to promote investor protection and ethical conduct within the investment industry. These organizations are the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). On August 3, 2021, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the umbrella organization representing all of Canada’s securities regulators, announced…
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Active Investing: Understanding the basics

Investing is a wealth-building tool that can be as involved or as hassle-free as you want. Active investing is a hands-on approach in which either you or a financial advisor acting on your behalf invests with the objective to outperform the market’s average returns. Passive investing involves investments in funds like exchange-traded funds and indexes that track and invest in…
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Confronting the five cognitive biases of self-directed investing

Money is a powerful tool in our day-to-day lives. There are various emotional connections and cognitive biases that impact how we spend, save, and invest our money. When it comes to investing, you perform the best when making informed decisions and approaching the market methodically and rationally. Our investing behaviour is defined not just by the act of buying and…
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Investment fraud prevention: Tips for staying safe in a post-pandemic world

Over the past year Albertans of all ages experienced social isolation and felt the effects of loneliness. The good news is that with the creation and widespread distribution of vaccines, we should soon be able to reconnect in person with loved ones and friends. As we move towards these opportunities to reconnect, it is important to be mindful of the…
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Diversification: A strategy to reduce your investment risk

Investing has become more popular than ever, with news outlets, online forums, and maybe even your friends and family discussing the next big stock, sector or industry to invest in. Investing entirely in one thing can be tempting when all you hear about are high returns, but it also means the value of your entire portfolio can drop based on…