(i) Benchmark securities serve as a general indicator of the level and directional movement of the overall debt market. In the Canadian fixed income market, benchmark (also known as bellwether) securities are the current 3-month, 6-month, and 1 Year Government of Canada Treasury Bills and 2-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and 30-year Government of Canada Bonds. Benchmark Treasury Bills and Bonds are often used to determine the relative values of other fixed income securities.
(ii) CanDeal provides institutional market participants with an electronic marketplace for Canadian dollar debt securities that delivers optimal transparency, efficient trade execution and unique business intelligence data, while reducing operational risk. Institutional investors from around the globe leverage CanDeal to gain direct access to our dealer network, including all of Canada's Primary Dealers. CanDeal is the benchmark for Canadian fixed income pricing. Sourced directly from our dealer network, hundreds of thousands of price updates are received daily to produce a real-time “bid/ask” composite of the market. For more information or to inquire about further bond information, visit www.candeal.com.
Every month in my
Top Funds Report
newsletter, I write a summary of my views about specific funds and fund
companies based on queries from readers. These are often funds that have
undergone management changes or that are new issues, a little less well
known, or not as widely covered as some of the high fliers. This month I
want to take a look at a couple of global offerings, one from iA Clarington
and one from Manulife.
There’s nothing like a good house flipping show to get you thinking about
the cash potential in your own home. The house flipper approach is to buy
homes, live in them short-term while fixing them up, and then sell them,
often for big profits. It sounds simple, but it’s not a foolproof strategy,
because it comes with tax risks. When done often, house flipping can raise
eyebrows at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Learn how to flip with care,
and understand the principal residence rules that could diminish your
profits, or worse.
When people in the U.K. woke up on June 24, 2016, to the news that the
country had voted to leave the E.U. (or “Brexit” as it is now commonly
known), little did they know that 2½ years later, the future of the U.K.’s
relationship with Europe would still be unclear. As debate and negotiation
continue, what should investors do?
By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, March 15, 2019
By Mike Keerma
The major U.S. stock market gauges piled on the gains this past week, as
investors reacted positively to comments from China’s Premier Li Keqiang
that while a trade agreement between China and the U.S. was still several
weeks away, China remained “very responsible and reasonable.” U.S. Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there was still a lot of work to do. Li also
stated that China would keep stimulus measures in place in an effort to
reignite China’s economic growth. The
S&P 500 Composite Index
advanced 2.9% on the week as a result, while the tech-weighted
Nasdaq Composite Index
gained 3.8%. Toronto’s
S&P/TSX Composite Index
rode the coat-tails of U.S. markets, gaining 1.0% on the week, helped along
by a 4.2% weekly surge in
crude oil, as the index touched a five-month high at midday on Friday.
March is fraud-prevention month in Canada, and unfortunately thousands of
Canadians continue to fall victim to scams perpetrated online and by phone,
often losing tens of thousands of dollars or in some cases, their entire
life savings. Here’s a look at three of the most notorious financial frauds
that are still widely active in Canada, and how to avoid becoming a victim.