KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Jun 18 2019
Principal Residence Exemption

If you have sold your home and it is your principal residence then you should be able to use the principal residence exemption to reduce or eliminate any capital gain […]

Jun 4 2019
CPP Rate

Beginning in 2019, the CPP rate will be gradually enhanced. This means you will receive higher benefits in exchange for making higher contributions. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement will […]

May 14 2019
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

An RESP is an education savings account that is registered with the Government of Canada that helps you save for a child’s or grandchild’s post-secondary education. With an RESP, you […]

May 7 2019
Spousal Loan – Tax Savings Opportunity

If you are in a much higher income tax bracket then your spouse and have investments outside of an RRSP or TFSA then a spousal loan could reduce your taxes. […]

Mar 12 2019
The Enlightened Investor-Retirement Income

Eventually investors move from the “saving-years” to the “drawing-years”, when they want to start drawing retirement income from their portfolios. This can be confusing. For many the natural inclination is […]

Feb 26 2019
Retirement Planning Alternatives

We have all been told to plan for our retirement.  Yet, have you ever wondered why you need to consider the different retirement planning alternatives? Perhaps you have a plan, […]

Jan 22 2019
The Enlightened Investor – Fees & Expenses

Fees and expenses are the single biggest reason professional money managers fail to outperform the market return. Learn a little more about what are reasonable fees and what makes up most investment fees.

Jan 8 2019
US Tax Filing

Are you a US citizen? Do you spend more than 120 days per year in the US? If so you may be required to file a US personal tax return.

Jun 26 2018
TFSA

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to save more money, then the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) may be a good option for you to use. Learn more about the TFSA rules and limits.

Jul 28 2016
The Enlightened Investor: Powers of Attorney for Property

A power of attorney for property is a written document by which a grantor appoints an attorney to act as a substitute decision maker with respect to the grantors property […]

Apr 26 2016
Estate Planning Gifting Strategy

An estate planning gifting strategy is basically when you start to give away some of your assets prior to death in order to optimize taxes within the family. Usually, an […]

Oct 20 2015
The Enlightened Investor: What is meant by “market return”?

The investment industry and media often refer to the “market” and the “market return”. Or that the market was up or down on the day and that a portfolio manager’s […]

Sep 29 2015
The Enlightened Investor – Moving Small LIRA’s to Your RSP

When you have a job transition, you may transfer your pension plan savings to a locked-in-retirement account (LIRA). LIRA’s are similar to Retirement Savings Plans (RSP’s) but with more restrictions. […]

Jul 16 2015
The Enlightened Investor: A Diversified Portfolio vs. a Collection of Investments “The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Modern Portfolio Theory”

Our best technique for protecting portfolios is called Modern Portfolio Theory. This Nobel Prize winning idea said it is insufficient to look at investments in isolation as is done in […]

Jun 23 2015
The Enlightened Investor: A Diversified Portfolio vs. a Collection of Investments – “Recovery Returns”

Do you want a portfolio that’s vulnerable to wild swings in value? Likely not. In fact less volatile portfolios are both easier on the stomach and they help you achieve better […]

May 7 2015
The Enlightened Investor – Risk (ETF’s)

Investors often remark that the world economy has changed and that it’s more volatile than ever. They are less trusting of stock markets and they don’t want to take risk. […]

Apr 15 2015
What will interest rates do in 2015

When it comes to interest rates here in Canada and around the world, the only thing we know is that we don’t know. For the past 4 years economists around […]

Mar 26 2015
The Enlightened Investor: Is Your Portfolio Leaking Tax?

It may be obvious to state that an investor only keeps the after-tax return. It is less obvious how to minimize the tax leakage from your portfolio. A good starting […]

Sep 16 2014
The Enlightened Investor – A Game Plan

Do you make investment decisions according to what looks good at the moment? These purchases are often based on opinion and influenced by emotion. It can be exciting – much […]

Jun 9 2013
The Enlightened Investor-Understanding Returns

One thing frustrated investors often lament are their returns. So here's a question. Do you know what your returns really are? Find out more about how to measure your returns including some great but simple investment benchmarks over the last 5 years.