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“The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations” – Jack Lew British Columbia Speculation and Vacancy Tax Declaration Deadline is March 31 If you own your home, you’ll have received a letter from the B.C. government telling you to make your declaration by March 31st. Homeowners,… Read More

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing” – Jean-Baptiste Colbert Market Rise Again on Brexit & U.S.-China Trade Optimism Markets rose to five-month highs to close out the Friday session. Renewed optimism on the U.S.-China trade front, combined… Read More

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it” – Henry David Thoreau Bank of Canada Holds Key Rate Steady The Bank of Canada opted not to increase its key rate on Wednesday and cautioned “increased uncertainty” when discussing the timing of future rate increases. While future rate increases are… Read More

“The greatest inspiration is the deadline” – Anonymous   2018 RRSP Deadline Has Arrived, Tax Season Looms Another year, another RRSP deadline. After today, all contributions will count toward your 2019 Tax Returns. Tax season is the next big calendar event on the horizon. The 2018 tax deadline for most Canadians is April 30, 2019…. Read More

“Pause and remember – slow and steady will get you where you want to go. If you put too much pressure on yourself for results too quickly, you will quickly give up” – Jennifer Young  North American Markets Continue to Rebound We are now seven weeks into 2019. Canadian markets, notably the Toronto S&P/TSX Composite, and… Read More

“Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there” – J.R. Rim TSX Posts Small Weekly Gain The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index closed unofficially down 70.03 points on Friday to finish the week at 15,633.33. This represents a small, yet positive, gain over last… Read More