In her weekly blogs, Sheila shares what she has learned about the markets and investing, with the goal of helping you understand them.

Blog #17: Life Insurance

Jun 15, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Most people understand the need for insurance for their car, house, health, and some even for flight cancellations. However, I find that most people don’t really understand life insurance and its various applications. As a Wealth Advisor, my role is to...
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Blog #16: Responsible Investing

Jun 08, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Responsible Investing is a new and increasingly popular trend that has emerged in the past few years. I have had a number of clients who have asked me if their investments with us are responsibly invested and so I believe it’s important to define exactly...
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Blog #15: Fees

Jun 01, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
I shared some of my thoughts on fees in blog #5 when I discussed mutual and exchange traded funds, but they deserve some more attention as they can really detract from portfolio returns. I believe it’s really important to understand both the fee you are...
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Blog #14: Market Timing vs Rebalancing

May 25, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Last week I talked about how to construct a portfolio with a focus on risk management. We are all bombarded with investment choices: Royal Bank or Amazon?, Canadian Tire or McDonalds?, and it’s not easy to choose. However, if you make a conscious effort...
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Blog #13: Reducing Risk

May 18, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Last week we explored the topic of risk and emphasized the importance of finding the right mix of stocks and bonds to meet your needs. Once you have determined your mix, there is another great way to reduce portfolio risk which is to make sure you don’t...
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Blog #12: Asset Allocation

May 11, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
You have chosen the type of investment account and funded it, and now you are ready to invest! The next step is a big one! You need to decide how much you should put in equity (stocks), how much in fixed income (bonds) and how much to leave in cash. Stocks...
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Blog #11: Non-Registered Accounts and Taxes

May 04, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Given that we have just finished personal tax season, it’s a good time to review the taxation of investments in non-registered accounts. With investments in registered accounts (such as RRSPs, RIFs, LIRAs, LIFs and TFSAs), there are no tax consequences...
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Blog #10: The Vehicles - Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)

Apr 27, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
After a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), tax free savings accounts are the most important vehicle for you to understand and use, although my experience is that most investors still don’t understand all the rules. Since the government introduced...
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Blog #9: The Vehicles - Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA) and Locked-In Fund (LIF)

Apr 20, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
Do you have a pension through work? You are fortunate if you do because they are an excellent way of maintaining your lifestyle when you are no longer working. It has been my experience that many people who have pensions don’t understand them. A pension...
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Blog #8: The Vehicles - Registered Income Fund (RIF)

Apr 13, 2021 |Sheila Whitehead
I receive a lot of questions from investors who want clarity on the nature of Registered Income Funds (RIFs) and really, RIFs are very simple and flexible vehicles. At age 71, everyone who has an RRSP has to convert the RRSP to a RIF. In reality, all...
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