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Director and Investment Counsellor

E. Berk Erke TEP, CFA
Jessica Hughes

Tel: 204-985-2369

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Podcast

February 02: In this episode, Sylvain Brisebois, National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth is joined by Larry Zelvin, Head, BMO Financial Crimes Unit, for an insightful discussion on the rise in cybersecurity threats and steps we can take to better protect ourselves in the digital world.

Portfolio construction during these challenging times

On April 14, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth, spoke with Lesley Marks, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investment Management, BMO Private Wealth to discuss portfolio construction during these challenging times.

Next chapter of this market volatility

On April 14, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth, spoke with Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, BMO Capital Markets to discuss what the next chapter of this market volatility could look like.

Perspectives on Investing & the Covid-19 Impact

April 6, 2020: The impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to change each week. Here are some current perspectives for investors during these uncertain times.

Extra-ordinary Measures for Extra-ordinary Times

March 24, 2020: Lesley Marks, CFA, Chief Investment Strategist BMO Private Wealth, reviews the most recent measures taken by policy-makers to prevent a financial crisis from the global pandemic.

Tax Planning Strategies

Tax Tips For Investors

Knowing how the tax rules affect your investments is essential. Tax strategies that you should consider such as income splitting, charitable giving and estate planning.

Separation, Divorce and Your Financial Plan

Separation, Divorce and Your Financial Plan outlines the financial and tax implications of a breakdown in a relationship for issues relating to both married and unmarried (i.e., “common-law”) spouses.

Pension Income-splitting Provides Tax Planning Opportunities for Couples

The pension income-splitting rules provide an effective, yet simple, strategy to lower family taxes. Being able to split pension income provides an opportunity for couples to reduce their overall family tax bill by taking advantage of a spouse’s or common law partner’s lower marginal tax rate where retirement incomes are disproportionate.

Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Income Tax

Although Canadian snowbirds reside in the U.S. for only a part of the year, there is the potential of being considered a U.S. resident and, in turn, having to pay U.S. income tax on the same basis as a permanent U.S. resident. This article outlines how the U.S. government determines whether you are a resident for income tax purposes; namely, it covers the criteria for meeting the Substantial Presence Test, Closer Connection Exception and the Canada U.S. Income Tax Treaty Tie-Breaker Rules.

Managing Your Wealth

Wealth Themes

Wealth Themes is a monthly compilation of timely articles and tools from our experts and other BMO Financial Group partners.

Understanding Risk

The attached article, Understanding Risk: Not All Risk is Created Equally provides an overview on the subject. It identifies some common types of risk and also discusses some measurements of risk and some techniques that can be used to help mitigate against it.

Estate & Succession Planning

Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan

This article discusses common digital asset considerations and important information for making sure they are properly addressed in your estate plan.

Preparing Your Last Will and Testament

The attached article – Preparing Your Last Will and Testament – explains various aspects of Will preparation including, the importance of appointing an appropriate executor, life events that warrant a Will review and the use of testamentary trusts.

Estate Planning for Unique Assets

This article provides estate planning considerations for unique and unusual assets, to assist an executor in the administration and transfer of these assets.

What Happens When a Canadian Resident Dies?

What Happens When a Canadian Resident Dies? discusses what happens to the assets of a deceased Canadian resident from a tax and estate perspective.

“Stress Testing” Your Estate Plan in a Time of Crisis

April 30, 2020: A crisis can be a catalyst for action if you don’t have an estate plan – or even a Will. Here is a checklist to help ensure your estate plan is up to date, reflects your current wishes, and continues to align to your goals.

Economic and Market Updates

Talking Points

Talking Points is a weekly market commentary written by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets.

Focus

Focus is a weekly financial digest.

Global Markets Commentary

The monthly Global Markets Commentary provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.