Resources

2022 Federal Budget Summary

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2022 Federal Budget on April 7, 2022. Housing and affordability took the main stage with numerous measures aimed at tackling housing access, affordability, and improvements. There are no broad-based tax increases on individuals or corporations. The capital gains inclusion rate...

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2022 Economic Outlook

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2021 headlines were dominated by supply chain disruptions, inflation and covid variants. In 2022 we'll get to our destination but there will be pitstops along the way. Watch the recorded discussion between Roger Banks and Manulife Investment Management's Macan Nia regarding his team's 2022 economic outlook.

Original session was

March 29, 2022.

 

Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Exclusive Banks Financial webinar with Manulife Co-Chief Investment Strategist, Macan Nia.

 

Watch the recorded replay.

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What’s causing the recent market volatility and selloff?

An informative article written by Manulife Capital Markets team. Understand the reasons for the volatility to start off 2022 and the underlying fundamentals that truly drive markets over the long term. While market volatility creates uncertainty it also creates opportunity.

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Early 2022 Update

As we find ourselves in week three of 2022, there are many questions about what we are seeing in the markets and what we can expect as well as how we should handle the situation.

 

Read Roger's current market views and understand the long-term indicators to watch.

Direct from the Investment Team (Sep 23/21)

At Banks Financial we are continually looking for ways to help you understand your investment opportunities. Your financial goals are top-of-mind for us and we are thrilled to bring you the play-back video of our SECOND EXCLUSIVE Client Information Session.

 

Jonathan Popper, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Managing Director

Manulife’s Essential Equity Team has been producing best-in-class risk-adjusted returns for unitholders for 24 years. They follow a disciplined process focusing on companies with high and stable profitability, visible return profiles, low financial leverage, trading at attractive valuations. The team manages over $27 billion in assets for retail and institutional clients.

 

You can now access the recorded presentation and discover from Jonathan Popper, Senior Managing Director, how the team continues to produce outstanding results and discuss where they are finding opportunities today. 

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Estate Planning in the Cyber Age.

If left unaddressed, family members may find it difficult (or even impossible) to access your digital accounts and information, leading to possible financial costs, the loss of items with sentimental value and even identity theft. 

 

That’s why it is essential when creating an estate plan to outline instructions that grant a trusted person the power to access and handle
your digital assets in the event of incapacity (during your lifetime) or upon
death.

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Be Careful with Joint Ownership  (Aug 4/21)

Placing non-registered assets into joint ownership with right of survivorship is one of
the most common methods of avoiding probate, and it can be effective in the right
situation.

 

However, there are some significant disadvantages with joint ownership that may outweigh the benefits.

 

Fortunately, there are other options available that help avoid the risks of joint ownership and provide other benefits as well.

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Capital Markets Update (Apr 28/21)

We know information, GOOD information, is critical to your investment decisions.
At Banks Financial, we work closely with top managers and strategists to help you make sense of your portfolios, understand essential indicators and be comfortable with market performance results.

 

To continue this effort, we held our inaugural exclusive Banks Financial ZOOM session on April 28, 2021, with Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Capital Markets Research at Manulife Investment Management.

MORE TO COME!

Meeting resources...

In case you missed it, or just want to dig into the information again, here are the replay files and slides for your reference.

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2021 Federal budget analysis: Our experts have reviewed the newly released proposals to provide you with insightful analysis

This year’s federal budget, titled Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, didn’t introduce measures that directly impact life insurance products, living benefits products or wealth products. Personal and corporate tax rates were unaffected as well. This article summarizes the budget highlights and tax-related measures which may be of interest to advisors.  (READ full report at Canada Life)

Banks Financial points to consider:

  • Old Age Security (OAS) recipients will receive a one-time $500 payment in August 2021, plus a 10% increase to their benefit in 2022 and moving forward

  • Extension of wage subsidies for continued covid relief

  • A Luxury Tax proposed on high-ticket items

  • The minimum wage for workers in federally-regulated industries to $15 per hour. Would not affect minimum-wage workers who are employed in provincially-regulated sectors.

  • No change with capital gains inclusion rates or principal residence exemptions, both of which had been discussed as possible targets

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A good summary to the question, "Invest into an RSP, TFSA or BOTH?"  ARTICLE...

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Learn about the impact to an estate when an owner of an RSP/LIRA/RIF?LIF passes away.  ARTICLE...

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CI Insurance for diabetes. (case study VIDEO)

As a leader in no-medical and simplified issue life insurance, Canada Protection Plan can provide those with diabetes the financial security they deserve. You can apply through a quick and simple E-application process- no medical exams required! VIDEO...

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Determining the best approach. (Solutions Magazine Jan 2020, by Manulife Financial) VIDEO...

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A goals-based approach targets financial planning to meet objectives throughout life. (Solutions Magazine Nov 2019, by Manulife Financial) VIDEO...

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Recent graduate? Starting your career?

Early financial planning will ensure you have the money skills you need to reach your goals and dreams along your way. VIDEO...

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Business succession planning. Essential strategies to ensure you maximize your business value when it's time to sell. VIDEO...

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Balance it out: A systematic investing plan provides discipline and the potential for better returns. (Solutions Magazine Mar 2020, by Manulife Financial) VIDEO...

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Getting insurance has changed. Understand how. VIDEO...