If you’ve ever tried to buy a bond for your account, you know how frustrating it can be. There’s nowhere to check current prices – no central market place like the TSX for stocks. Brokers carry some bonds in inventory, but your adviser may not have the specific one you want. If it is available, it will probably be at a price and yield that bear little resemblance to what you saw in the newspaper, a newsletter, or on-line. That’s because the broker is acting as a dealer and can sell bonds at whatever the traffic will bear. So what can you, as a retail investor do? Not much, it turns out. But there's a move afoot to try to change things.
By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, November 27, 2015
By Mike Keerma
After a week of trading shortened by U.S. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday market closures, the big U.S. indices held their own on thin volumes, neither advancing nor declining noticeably from the previous week’s close. The S&P 500 Composite Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index posted hairline advances on the week, as a Friday selloff in energy issues, triggered by a drop in crude oil prices, weighed on market sentiment. The S&P/TSX Composite traded all week, but with no guiding signals emanating from U.S. markets on Thursday and half of Friday, Toronto’s benchmark edged down -0.5% on the week on falling energy and gold prices.
Q – I’m wondering if there’s a deadline for contributions to a Tax-Free Savings Account. If I don’t contribute this year, will I lose that contribution opportunity forever? And also, should I try to contribute the maximum $10,000 contribution that was set by the previous Conservative government for 2015? I’ve read that the new Trudeau Liberal government is promising to roll back the increase to previous levels and disallow the increased 2015 contribution. – Jason C., Moncton, New Brunswick
The Small Business Deduction is an incredibly lucrative tax break for family-owned businesses. But what the Canada Revenue Agency gives it can also take away. In a previous article I looked at an annoying tax trap called the “association trap” that can get you embroiled in all sorts of tax trouble if you’re involved with related companies. In this article, I’ll go a step further and show you how estate freezes can get you even more tangled in the associated business tax trap.
One of the most difficult things for any investor to do with any level of consistency is to outperform the S&P 500 Composite Index. Many try, and many fail. There are, however, a few funds that can come pretty close at times, and Franklin Templeton’s FundGrade® A-ratedFranklin Bissett U.S. Focus Corporate Class is one such fund.