China is America’s biggest foreign creditor. Could it turn off the tap?
16 Feb

China is America’s biggest foreign creditor. Could it turn off the tap?

Investors are getting worried about what America’s biggest foreign creditor might do next. A report that China is reconsidering how much U.S. debt it buys rattled markets on Wednesday and raised questions about the relationship between the world’s two largest economies. Here’s what you need to know: What happened? Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the Chinese…

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Weekly Topics (FEB-10-2018)
15 Feb

Weekly Topics (FEB-10-2018)

Weekly Closer Look:  A calm economy and uncalm markets? One of the key issues that arises when volatility increases and equity markets pull back forcefully, similar to recent trading sessions, is whether the market shock can in-and-of-itself knock an otherwise healthy economy off of its trajectory. Put another way, can a correction and persistent volatility…

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Weekly Topics (FEB-05-2018)
07 Feb

Weekly Topics (FEB-05-2018)

Weekly Closer Look:  U.S. Dollar, Free fall or finding a floor?   The aggressive and prolonged dollar decline appears at odds with the economic backdrop, yet signs of a recovery remain elusive. Digging deeper into the drop, we remain optimistic that conditions are supportive of a modest dollar recovery through 2018. A tight U.S. labor…

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Seg funds will be subject to disclosure framework similar to mutual funds
02 Feb

Seg funds will be subject to disclosure framework similar to mutual funds

Photo: Rawpixel.com The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) published a position paper Dec. 13 on segregated funds which outlines the regulators’ heightened expectations regarding cost disclosure. The regulators underline that with the implementation of CRM2 rules, mutual funds are subject to different disclosure rules than seg funds. “With the expectations outlined in the CCIR…

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Geekbench: Apple should warn iPhone users about battery and performance tradeoffs
30 Jan

Geekbench: Apple should warn iPhone users about battery and performance tradeoffs

After Geekbench’s John Poole published a data-driven report this week linking diminished iPhone processing performance to battery age and iOS updates, a new wrinkle emerged in a long-standing debate over whether Apple was deliberately slowing down old iPhones. What if Apple programmed iPhones to slow down as battery power waned, knowing battery degradation was inevitable after…

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Investment fees paid from outside RRSP, RRIF or TFSA – CRA position deferred to 2019
26 Jan

Investment fees paid from outside RRSP, RRIF or TFSA – CRA position deferred to 2019

At issue A common feature among RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs is that investments accumulate on a tax-sheltered basis. In principle, any reduction in the amount in the respective account reduces the benefit of that tax sheltering. Where investment management fees are paid from an external source, more money remains invested in the particular account. However,…

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