The You First Blog

Last week, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was frequently in the news. This evolving story has had an effect on equity and bond markets. We reached out to various fund company fund managers for their thoughts on what happened and where we go from here. AGF Lack of confidence resulted in a run on deposits with… Read More

We hope you and your families enjoyed a happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday season. As we turn the page on 2022 and bring 2023 into focus, here are 15 topics to consider when planning for the coming year. Markets have been increasing since early-October 2022. On October 12, 2022, the S&P 500 bottomed out –… Read More

In 2019, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) annual contributions have been gradually increasing. You may have noticed that your first paycheque of 2023 was a little lighter than usual, as CPP premiums have increased. This is the 5th year of a 7-year CPP enhancement schedule. In exchange for paying enhanced contributions, CPP recipients can expect… Read More

The new First Home Savings Account (FHSA) was proposed in the 2022 Federal Budget as the first truly tax-free investing account in Canada. The FHSA rules will come into force on April 1, 2023. Once in force, every prospective first-time homebuyer meeting the program’s criteria will want to open one. A truly revolutionary new account… Read More

The deadline to contribute for the 2022 tax year is soon approaching. Depending on your marginal tax bracket, you could see a tax savings as high as 53.5% on your contribution. Roughly speaking, if you earn more than $50K a year, a $1,000 contribution will generate a $300 tax savings. If you earn more than… Read More