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  • Investing basics

Robo-advisers: The best way to invest?

First launched in the early 2000s, robo-advisers were used as an online interface to assist investment managers in handling their client’s assets efficiently. Since 2008, robo-advisers have become publically available, providing beginner and experienced investors with a simple and relatively low-cost automated investing service. As with any investment product, it’s essential to understand how a robo-adviser works and if it…
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Considerations before investing in meme stocks

You may have heard or read about a series of select companies discussed heavily on social media and Reddit, surging in value seemingly overnight. Referenced as “meme stocks” in the news and online, these companies are a select but growing assortment whose significant growth in price is fueled by the excitement and hype generated on social media and online forums…
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Understanding investment accounts

Just as it’s important to select the right type and mix of investment products (e.g. cash equivalencies, fixed income securities, equities and investment funds) to meet your financial goals, so too is choosing the appropriate type of account to hold them in. Understanding the different types of accounts available to you can help you maximize your gains and reduce the…
Investment risks and analysis
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2021 Top Investment Risks

The year 2020 will long be remembered for its challenges. Global crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic, can create great investment opportunities, but can also create emotional and stressful situations that are often exploited by fraudsters looking to scam you out of your hard-earned money. As you consider your financial planning for the year ahead, it’s important that you research any…
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How financially fit are you?

The New Year has arrived and while health and fitness resolutions easily come to mind, have you considered how financially fit you are? Undue stress from your finances can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing, but there are several actions you can take right now. Check out our tips to help set out your 2021 financial goals…
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Three ways to approach financial stress during the holiday season

As we move into the holiday season and prepare to close out a year that has brought challenges for so many in Alberta, we at the Alberta Securities Commission wish you and yours a healthy and safe holiday season and a happy new year. As always, we are a resource for you. Whether you would like to strengthen your financial…