Feb 12, 2016 | Dian Chaaban


This weekend Toronto is hosting the 65th annual NBA All-Star game – which seems to have everyone from the Starbucks barista who handed me my coffee this morning to the mega fan client I just walked out of my office pretty excited. Hometown favs Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will be making us proud but unless you’ve stashed away a small fortune (nosebleeds are going for ~$978 per person and floor seats will set you back about ~$7,300), you’ll be watching the All-Stars from your (warm) couch this weekend.


If it’s catching a glimpse of the stars that caught your attention, then you’re in luck because the NBA All-Star parties in Toronto go hand in hand with the main event. While specifics regarding the more exclusive events remain hush hush, there have been whisperings about a Bridle Path party being hosted by Lebron and Drake and a big bash being thrown by Dr. Dre at Andrew Richard's venue. Word is also out that the Thompson Hotel is the place to see and be seen. The National Basketball Player’s Association has rented out the entire hotel and transformed the roof of the venue into a VIP lounge. Apparently the hotel went to great lengths to make sure that their gigantic guests would be as comfortable as possible, ordering dozens of XXXXL bathrobes and slippers.


Click here for a list of the parties and events happening during NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto and here for the official 2016 schedule.


Even if you aren’t a basketball fan, the notion of having all of these impressive people in the same room, at the same time, is a stimulating concept. It’s a chance to see the best of breed compete and work together in a coordinated effort to entertain us.


It’s this coordinated effort of bring the best of the best together that is the foundation to our A+ platform here at DS – cleverly named to reflect the caliber of the investment managers we’ve brought together in one single account. In other words, A+ is an innovative investment program that gives you access to some of the world’s leading institutional money managers, backed by RBC’s proven investment discipline.


How did we do this?


As the leading wealth management firm in Canada, we have the ability to engage multiple independent, world-class investment managers. Managers like Walter Scott, Connor Clark & Lunn, Federated, Epoch, Kempen, Mawer and Madison, to name a few, who you likely haven’t heard of because they haven’t had to spend a penny on marketing - all they do is manage money for the ultra-rich – and it’s what they do best.


We believe in a multi-manager approach to portfolio construction because no one manager can do it all – so we’ve built our best of the best roster by employing rigorous due diligence to scrutinize and identify managers that have demonstrated long-term, consistent quality and merit. Ultimately, this helps ensure excellence and objectivity in the management of your investments.
Once we get their attention and bring them on board to manage a portion of your portfolio, our RBC Global Advisory Research Group conducts rigorous ongoing due diligence on these managers to ensure that our platform always consists of the best-in-class managers across all investment styles.

Click here to learn more about A+ or ask me to tell you more about it.


Wishing you a happy LOVE day on Sunday and a fun Family Day on Monday.