Alternative Investments

These are investments that are not found in a typical securities portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash. For most individual investors these assets would include art, antiques, precious metals, and rare collectibles like coins, paper currency and stamps, or other non-traditional collectibles such as sports cards, autographs, books, wine, music, toys and other such ephemera. Other larger, more complex, alternative assets such as hedge funds, venture capital pools, major infrastructure projects, etc. tend to be the purview of institutional investors or accredited high net worth individuals.

9 generous ways to use CPP benefits

“There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.” Winston Churchill

Mark Halpern, a regular TaxLetter   Read More

Keeping it all in the family

To avoid anger, bickering and distrust during transition of a family business, WEALTHinsurance.com’s Mark Halpern advises a documented succession plan.
Planning for high-net worth family businesses is so important. If only   Read More

When will the bubble burst?

The Federal Reserve Board is printing money aggressively. It’s continuing to flood the world with money hoping to stabilize the US economy.

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3 commercial REITs to buy

Here are three real estate investment trusts to buy—a renewable power producer, a leading retail REIT and an urban commercial property developer.
Perfectly positioned but priced high
Raymond James Financial analyst Frederic   Read More

3 REITs to buy

In a recent review of the most widely covered Canadian income trusts, Investor’s Digest of Canada highlighted three Real Estate Investment Trusts favoured by analysts.

■ Morguard North American Residential REIT:   Read More

3 REITs to buy

A recent Investor’s Digest of Canada survey of widely covered income trusts featured three real estate investment trusts favoured by analysts.

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RESPs: Free dollars for scholars

Registered Education Savings Plans were first introduced in 1974. The program encourages Canadians to save more towards the post-secondary education of their children.
By Mark Halpern, CFP, TEP

It’s that time of   Read More

How to buy bonds

The bond market, being much bigger than the stock market, requires a different approach than stock investing.
Investing in bonds can be a trying experience. But whether you use a full-service   Read More

How to buy bonds

The bond market, being much bigger than the stock market, requires a different approach than stock investing.
Investing in bonds can be a trying experience. But whether you use a full-service   Read More