New Normal, New Opportunities

I very interesting and relevant read.  Click image below to access our "New Normal, New Opportunities" publication.  New Normal, New Opportunities is a compilation of articles written over the past few months by our Portfolio Advisory Group that addresses themes/trends that are developing as a result of current economic and social environment and their short & long term implications.



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Reduction of RRIF minimum withdrawals for 2020

The Canadian government has introduced a number of measures to help alleviate financial hardship for Canadians brought on by COVID-19. One such measure is the reduction of required Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) minimum withdrawals by 25% only for 2020. The Quebec government has also announced that it will reduce mandatory RRIF withdrawals by 25% for the 2020 tax year.

This article outlines the rules and considerations when determining whether or not to take advantage of this reduction. Click here to read.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call 604-535-3854


Market Timing - It may not matter as much as you think

"Remember, to truly invest on a pullback assumes that we will (1) be able to call the timing of the pullback, (2) actually recognize when the time comes, and (3) have the fortitude to execute when the
time arrives. In our opinion, that’s a fairly tall order that’s too tall to ask of anyone." (Tim Corney.) Read full article
This article illustrates that the long term impact on returns from market timing is relatively small and that disciplined investing for the long term is more realistic.
I have included below an image of the cycle of investor emotions.  These emotions are often the cause of poor market timing attempts and where sound advice can help avoid mistakes.

Source:  adapted from S Klarmann, 2009


Coping with the correction - December 2018

Global Insight: Market Brief
While the correction has frayed investors’ nerves and could persist, we don’t think it’s heralding the demise of the bull market. The U.S. economy remains in gear, and with valuations nearing a sweet spot we remain comfortable holding a Market Weight position in equities.
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Weighing the impact of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada

RBC Economics provides commentary on the current tariffs and their potential risks:
"The U.S. looks set to impose steep tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products on June 1 after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
announced that the temporary exemption Canada had secured would expire as scheduled. The tariffs, which the U.S. will also levy on
allies including Mexico and the European Union, will likely have a moderately negative but manageable impact on all countries involved."
Read full article


Davos 2018: Fixing a Fractured World

At 5,120 feet, Davos is the highest town in the Swiss Alps. But in late January, it’s better known as the town where some 3,000 business, government, and civil society leaders gather to consider the world’s most visible risks of the future.

Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, was in attendance and reflected on the most compelling issues in his report, Davos 2018: Fixing a Fractured World.  Some of the themes:

  • Cryptocurrency regulations
  •  The artificial intelligence “arms race”
  •  Reining in tech giants
  •  Potential sources of the next financial crisis


Volatility is back:  What the selloff means

"While the market’s swoon was jarring, we believe investors should maintain equity positions, as healthy economic and earnings growth prospects provide solid underpinnings for equities."


Five ways that 2017 left its mark 

RBC Economics published a report: "Five ways 2017 left its mark". The report touches on: the crypto-currency surge, muted inflation, a flattening yield curve, housing market policies, and the federal fiscal policy.
It's a good succinct read.