November  2016

Post U.S. Election

The US election is now behind us, and the most common question I received over the past 3 weeks is how to handle the U.S. Election, and it's effect on the portfolio.  Interestingly, most elections have had little effect beyond the more common short-term worry before, and just after, usually reacting to polls, and media coverage.

The average drop in markets after an election is 1.8%   
The more pressing issue is how do we continue to generate growth in a slow-growing world, with negative interest rates throughout 40% of the developed world. That challenge is one that is important to factor into portfolio construction. 
A Transparent Industry

We are always looking to change and keep up with the trends being demanded by our clients.  
The industry is continuing to change and evolve to meet investor's changing needs and the ongoing initiative to provide transparency in the industry.

Some of the changes include:

1)   Changes to Online Statements & More Access  
      to Online Reports, Transaction records, and
      Receipts.  If you'd like to sign up for this service,  
      we can help.
2)   Online Document Sharing on a Confidential  
     These statements will feature new investment     
     return reporting, and fee disclosure. As we've been 
     reviewing these options over the past year, I look  
     forward to further reviewing your statements   for 
     more comprehensive understanding.
Have Questions? Give us a call.

The 2 other areas I keep getting asked about are GOLD, (precious metals) and Income Alternatives such as Infrastructure. 

Curious about how they affect your portfolio?
Both areas can add diversification that will help to reduce the risk of the overall portfolio.  However, Gold, or precious metals by themselves usually add more volatility.  They have performed well in the past 12 months, but this area has been a rocky road for the past 4 years.  To determine if it's right for your portfolio, review if you can truly handle the risk (and ups and downs) that are usually associated with this area.
Yarek Waszul

Why Dollar Cost Average during Fluctuating Markets?

To better learn what professional managers are doing, please read on......   
Quick Tips: 

Have a large gain on some stocks?  Want to donate to your favourite charity?  Combine the 2 benefits.
You can donate the shares directly, and have the ability to waive the capital gain, and get your Charitable Donation tax credit.

Making a difference with Charitable Donations

Every year I donate to charities.  I donate both time and money, and it's an important part of my contribution to my community, and my country.  It's also a great way to meet some incredible people.  

As many of my clients feel very passionate about giving back, I wanted to remind each of you that it's so easy to give, and it's a great way to reduce your taxable income.  If you donate a non-registered investment, you can get the charitable tax credit, but also have the capital gain waived completely.  Now that's a win-win in my books.  Let us help you find a way to give back.  
Mackenzie Charitable Foundation is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. It provides an option to Canadians set up their own Foundation with as little as $25,000 you can make a difference for a lifetime.   
Also, please refer to my article on Charitable Giving for more details.
Favourite website 
(I can't believe I'm giving CRA credit)

Here's an effective video about Charitable Giving prepared by CRA.  (And it's very helpful too!)   

A Special Thank You

I would like to thank the Minister of Status of Women on being a recipient at this years Gathering of Outstanding Women ceremony. This special recognition is a great honor and I am grateful to be a recipient of a certification that is given to committed, dedicated and leaders in the community.

I also would like to congratulate all the other recipients as well for their ongoing involvement and contribution to the community. Honored to be in the same company of all these esteemed women.

Thank you to all who participate
d, the volunteers who worked tireless hours helping the event come together, the attendees who filled the room to the brim this year, the amazing sponsors who come back each year and help contribute to Mackenzie Health Foundation.

In our 8th year, we are excited to share that over $45,000 was raised in support of our local hospital.  All funds are being directed to the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault program at Mackenzie Health Foundation.  To date, we have now raised over $245,000 for the hospital.  

Thank you again for your support.
If you would like to contribute but couldn't make it, please feel free to do so now, and go to our donations page here
REFERRALS:  Thank you for your referrals. We really appreciate you passing along our name.  If you know somebody who needs a 2nd opinion on their portfolio, or who really needs to focus on planning for the future and setting some objectives, I can help.  Ensuring you have the retirement income you need and paying the least amount of tax along the way is how I enable you to meet your personal financial objectives.  

Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts

We are proud to be a presenting sponsor for this year's Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts season.
In fact, if you are driving North on Yonge street ( north of Major Mackenzie), check out our banner.

Quote of the Month:

Every election is determined by the people who show up. 
Larry Sabato

When you have a choice, make sure you show up!  You can determine your future, even if you couldn't influence the U.S. Election.

This material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources however no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please make sure to see me for individual financial advice based on your personal circumstances. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Assante Capital Management Ltd.

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Janine Purves  


Senior Financial Advisor

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