Guided Portfolios

Enjoy a highly disciplined approach to equity investing with RBC Dominion Securities Guided Portfolios. With Guided Portfolios, you follow a highly disciplined RBC investment strategy process that guides your decisions to buy or sell individual equities.

Key features and benefits of Guided Portfolios:

  • Invest in our top-ranked stocks from various sectors of the economy
  • Benefit from sector weightings based on our most current investment outlook
  • Remove the guesswork and emotion from buying and selling individual equities

Designed to fit your needs and style

There are a wide range of Guided Portfolio to help meet different financial objectives, including growth-oriented Canadian, U.S. and global equity portfolios, as well as income-oriented Canadian and U.S. portfolios.

A Guided Portfolio could be ideal if you:

  • Want to follow a highly-disciplined investment approach with proven results
  • Want guidance with all your investment decisions, while retaining final decision-making authority

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The freedom to live the life you want

If you desire greater freedom to focus on what’s really important to you, and the confidence of knowing that your portfolio is in the care of trusted professionals, we invite you to consider Private Investment Management, our premium level of discretionary wealth management. 

Busy professionals and executives, travelers, retirees and snowbirds often find that the greater their wealth, the more time they require every day to manage it. If you are responsible for investing for a not-for-profit organization, foundation or endowment, you may also find that the expertise required to make investment decisions according to specific guidelines can be time-consuming and complex. 

Whether you need your time to focus on your career, manage the needs of an organization or travel outside of the country for long periods, Private Investment Management may be the right solution for you.

How it works

By delegating your investment management to an accredited portfolio manager, who works within your specific investment preferences, constraints and risk tolerance, you can free yourself from and still be confident that your investment plan is on track. Because your approval is not required for every single transaction, we can make time-sensitive decisions quickly, helping you get closer to your investment objectives and freeing you from the burden of daily portfolio decisions. 

A dedicated portfolio manager to serve you 

You can be confident in the management of your wealth, because only experienced investment advisors who have met strict industry-wide qualifications for education, assets under management and investment experience are licensed to provide this level of discretionary investment management. 

Investment policy statements capture your needs

The Investment Policy Statement is your specific mandate that details all your objectives, goals and constraints in managing your portfolio. You can think of it as the charter or master plan that we create to manage your portfolio.

Essential standards for quality and oversight

Every portfolio we build is based on core asset quality requirements that set the standards for security concentration, industry and sector diversification, market capitalization and credit quality. An additional Portfolio Implementation and Risk Monitoring Group monitors the portfolio for alignment with our investment management guidelines and the preferences, constraints and other unique directives set out in your customized Investment Policy Statement. An additional compliance team ensures that your portfolio meets industry regulations and legal standards. By auditing our work, as well as the portfolios we manage, this team can help provide you with even greater peace of mind.

Tax planning strategies for high-income earners

Depending on your province of residence, you may be subject to tax at a rate of 50% or higher when your income exceeds a set amount.

Discover several strategies that make for a tax-smart wealth plan.

Insurance solutions


A solution for your corporate needs

Every day, you make crucial business decisions affecting the financial health of your business organization. And you know how important it is to have the best possible services and products to help effectively manage your finances. Making the right financial decisions is a big responsibility – and we can help.

Some of the best opportunities for small corporations, including holding companies, come from using tax-exempt life insurance. It is a tax-efficient means of transferring wealth out of a corporation into the hands of the next generation when you pass away. 

We can provide you with access to a vast array of products and services geared towards the needs of businesses and corporations. An important part of preparing your business for continued success is to prepare it for the unexpected. We have access to a wide array of business protection strategies:

Funding buyout agreements

In the case of partnerships, the death or disability of one partner can have a devastating effect on the survival of a business. Insurance can provide an excellent method of funding buyout agreements so that the remaining partner takes full control of the business and the surviving family is properly compensated.

Shared ownership

For companies that wish to retain top employees, the shared ownership of a permanent insurance policy can be an attractive opportunity. It protects the company against the death of the employee, and motivates that person to remain with the firm through the enticement of an attractive, low-cost retirement asset. This arrangement can create a win-win situation for everyone.

Minimizing corporate taxes

If corporate assets are invested in fixed income, then an insurance strategy can not only reduce its taxable income but it will lower the value of the business by the amount of the investment, thereby reducing the inevitable capital gains tax liability.

Maximizing corporate assets

By taking advantage of tax-deferred growth inside a Universal Life or Whole Life policy, corporate assets can avoid accrual taxation and grow to a much greater value than if they were invested in a regular account. Not only that, but upon death, most, if not all, of the proceeds can be paid out of the corporation tax-free. Ordinarily they would be paid out as taxable dividends, requiring approximately one third of the value to be paid in taxes.

Executive life insurance planning

Executive life insurance enables you to provide managers and executives with a supplementary benefit package. In this instance, both you and your executive purchase a tax-exempt life insurance policy with your executive named as the insured. Both of you will share the benefits. This form of insurance provides protection for an executive's family, while you benefit from an investment offering tax-deferred growth.

Business succession planning

A business succession plan can help protect your business when an owner-shareholder retires or passes away. Elements of a successful business succession plan include buy-sell agreements, a Will and powers of attorney.

A buy-sell provision is a shareholder agreement that allows for the orderly transfer of shares in the event of disability, death or retirement of a shareholder. Upon the death of a shareholder, the buy-sell agreement generally instructs the corporation to purchase the shares of the deceased. Insurance is a cost-effective way of providing the necessary funds to carry out those instructions.

Key person insurance

Many companies, public or private, large or small, often rely on the skills and contributions of a single person. Proficient with all levels of the firm's operations, respected by staff and trusted by clients, such key individuals play a crucial role in the company's success. The sudden departure of a key person can create a void, difficult, if not near impossible and costly, to fill. Taking out life insurance on the key person, or people, in your organization can help mitigate these costs.


A solution for your personal needs

We understand that creating and effectively managing your wealth is just part of the equation. It's also important to preserve it. Through the use of insurance strategies, we can help you preserve your wealth during your lifetime, and protect the value of your estate for your family and other beneficiaries. Insurance strategies can also help you maximize the wealth you transfer to your heirs.

Estate creation and preservation

You can offset costs that are incurred at death and preserve your estate by having insurance proceeds pay them for you. Taxes, liabilities, estate-related and other future costs can all be offset by your permanent insurance coverage. By taking advantage of the preferred status of tax-exempt life insurance, you can maximize the value of your assets and maximize the value being transferred to the next generation. Living benefits insurance is also vital to estate preservation, by ensuring funds are available should you require them at a time of illness.

Tax minimization

Tax-exempt insurance can eliminate the annual taxes you pay on your investment growth, as well as those payable when you die. Individuals tired of being punished for strong earnings may appreciate this tax-protector opportunity. The long-term value of these products is that their earnings can often greatly eclipse what would otherwise be earned through regular investing.

Estate maximization and protection

If part of your portfolio is held in GICs, Canada Savings Bonds or a bank account, you have probably never given a second thought to market fluctuations. Sticking to a conservative investment strategy can lead to peace of mind in the short term, but it may put you at risk in the long run. Essentially, you risk outliving your retirement savings. Generally speaking, one way to ensure that you have enough money to meet your retirement needs is to diversify your portfolio. You can get the security of a GIC and the performance potential of the stock market without needlessly risking your hard-earned savings with segregated funds.

Income enhancement

Certain solutions using insurance products can provide a supplemental stream of cash, thereby enhancing retirement income. The net income derived from this strategy may be significantly higher than what is achievable with traditional fixed-income vehicles, especially during times of low interest rates.

 

Insurance products are offered through RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc. (“RBC WMFS”), a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* RBC WMFS is licensed as a financial services firm in the province of Quebec.

The four-step Portfolio Approach

The basis of long-term, successful money management, the Portfolio Approach is predicated around creating a customized investment portfolio that reflects your investment needs throughout the various stages of your life.

There are four steps to the custom Portfolio Approach:

Step 1 : Understanding your needs and goals

Our first and most important job is to listen to you and understand your needs and dreams for the future. We will take the time to understand your specific investment goals, such as saving for retirement or financing a business, and the timeframes available to achieve them. In addition, we will consider your return expectations and tolerance for risk. This “discovery process” doesn't end here—as time passes, and your situation changes, we will work with you to ensure that your investment strategy remains current.

Step 2 : Creating your investment strategy

With an in-depth understanding of your personal situation, we are able to create your investment strategy. This provides the framework for managing your financial assets going forward. It clearly sets out your investment objectives, income needs, timeframes, asset mix guidelines, security selection criteria and review process. Your investment strategy helps keep your investment goals and preferences in clear focus. It also provides a benchmark for measuring the progress you're making towards achieving your goals.

Step 3 : Building your custom-designed portfolio

Once you've approved your investment strategy, we can structure your personal portfolio.

In building a personalized investment portfolio for you, we select from a universe of international investments. This includes:

  • Investments for growth, such as Canadian, U.S. and international stocks
  • Investments for income, including government and corporate bonds
  • Investments for wealth preservation, including guaranteed investments

We also have access to leading-edge investment strategy and research provided by the RBC Investment Strategy Committee, RBC Capital Markets and third-party, independent firms.

You will have a diversified portfolio that conforms to the guidelines and direction you set in advance. This process means you will receive specific, appropriate investment recommendations, and each recommendation will be clear and well thought-out.

Step 4 : Managing your portfolio

The last step in the process is to monitor your progress towards your continued success. We will review your portfolio with you on a regular basis, and recommend appropriate changes to keep you on track. You will also receive detailed account statements, portfolio review statements, transaction updates and tax reports.

For more information, please contact us today.

Tax-Free Savings Accounts

With a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), your investments grow tax-free and you can make tax-free withdrawals at any time, for any reason.

Who can open a TFSA?

  • Any Canadian resident 18 years or older with a Social Insurance Number.
  • The age of majority is 19 for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and British Columbia which may delay the opening of a TFSA. However, the accumulation of contribution room will start at age 18.

What are the benefits?

  • Tax-free investment income, including interest, dividends and capital gains
  • Any unused contribution room can be used in future years
  • No upper age restriction on contributions, unlike an Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
  • Make withdrawals any time for any purpose (e.g. car purchases, vacations, home renovations)
  • Previous year's withdrawals are added back to your unused contribution room
  • Income earned and withdrawals have no impact on federal income-tested benefits or credits (Guaranteed Income Supplement, Child Tax Benefit, Old Age Security, etc.)
  • Canadians can contribute to their spouse's or common-law partner's TFSA subject to available contribution room

What are the considerations?

  • Unlike an RRSP, contributions are not tax deductible
  • Capital losses within the TFSA cannot be used to offset taxable capital gains outside the TFSA
  • Interest on funds borrowed to fund the TFSA is not tax deductible
  • Penalty tax on excess contributions

What investments are qualified for the TFSA?

  • Cash, mutual funds, guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), publicly traded securities, and government and corporate bonds.

For more information, please contact us or visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

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Plus, we’ve made the following enhancements:

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