Wealth transfer: Preparing the next generation

Intergenerational wealth, on our TV screens at least, conjures images of Succession’s Logan Roy dismissing one of his weasel kids with a sneer and expletive. Roy, the fearsome patriarch, who built his business from nothing, watches in disgust as the heirs to his throne – who do no work of any note - connive and backstab in an effort to win the keys to more money and power.

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Timing the Market

It has been 14 years since the tax-free saving accounts (TFSA) first came into effect. The results of this RBC survey indicate that Canadians may not fully understand where, in relation to their overall plan, the TFSA fits. From our conversations, we believe the confusion, at least in part, is due to the name itself: TaxFree Savings Account. Specifically, the combination of the words “savings” and “account”. A “savings account” has traditionally been used with a short-term purpose in mind and may have earned a modest amount of interest.

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TFSA 2022

It has been 14 years since the tax-free saving accounts (TFSA) first came into effect. The results of this RBC survey indicate that Canadians may not fully understand where, in relation to their overall plan, the TFSA fits. From our conversations, we believe the confusion, at least in part, is due to the name itself: TaxFree Savings Account. Specifically, the combination of the words “savings” and “account”. A “savings account” has traditionally been used with a short-term purpose in mind and may have earned a modest amount of interest.

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RRSP’s – Yes, it’s that time of year.

With the March 1st deadline around the corner, it’s a good time to revisit your overall financial plan to determine if you should be making an RRSP contribution for the 2021 tax year. In January 2022, Canada’s inflation rate hit a 30-year high of 4.8% after months of articles and analysts identifying it as the number one investment risk for 2022. What is inflation? In short, inflation is the decline of purchasing power of a given currency over time, reflected in the cost of living.

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Inflation is back, so what next?

It has been a long time since inflation has dominated news headlines. In January 2022, Canada’s inflation rate hit a 30-year high of 4.8% after months of articles and analysts identifying it as the number one investment risk for 2022. What is inflation? In short, inflation is the decline of purchasing power of a given currency over time, reflected in the cost of living.

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The Noise in Short-Term Performance

Even strategies with nearly identical construction rules and long-run average returns can deviate meaningfully through time. The lesson for investors is to remain cautious, as always when interpreting past performance. 

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The fall period is no stranger to volatility. Money managers are well versed in the September Effect1: which circles the calendar month as the only one with a negative return over the past 100 years. Then there’s October, which has been positive over the past century, despite notching up an impressive array of market crashes: 1907, 1929, 1987, 2001, and 2008, to name just five. Both reputations, however, are often viewed as historical quirks, attributed by many to seasonal behavioral biases as investors cash in on gains at the end of the summer.

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‘Everything Screams Inflation.’ How to Interpret the Headlines

SBW continues to add to its strong lineup with the addition of a former Vice President of a global investment firm.

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SBW Welcomes Kenneth MacQueen

SBW continues to add to its strong lineup with the addition of a former Vice President of a global investment firm.

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SBW Welcomes Joanne Johnsen

SBW is pleased to welcome Joanne Johnsen as its Director of Operations.

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