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Summary of Federal Fiscal and Tax Measures to Support Canadians and Businesses
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.
May 4, 2020: There is an interesting paradox occurring today where the current economic and market environment is described as ‘unprecedented,’ yet there are consistent parallels drawn between the present circumstances and the Great Depression of the early twentieth century.
April 30, 2020: The COVID-19 crisis has created an uncertain time for business owners, regardless of the industry in which they operate. Given these challenging times, the BMO Business Advisory and Transition Planning team has outlined five best practices to help business owners focus and manage their business effectively.
A quarterly publication written by BMO Subject Matter Experts on a variety of timely and relevant wealth management topics.
As the Periodic Table of Returns demonstrates, your portfolio should be well diversified amongst global asset classes to enhance return and reduce risk. Click to read more.
These plans represent highly effective ways for you to save for retirement, your children’s (or grandchildren’s) education and other long-term goals, while providing significant tax-saving opportunities. Here are some important details about each.
Investing in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (“RRSP”) is one of the soundest ways to ensure you enjoy a financially secure retirement. In order to maximize the benefits of an RRSP, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the rules that govern them.
A RRIF is very much like an RRSP in reverse. An RRSP is an account designed to help you save for retirement – a RRIF is an account designed to provide annual income in the form of withdrawals from a registered plan during your retirement. Click to read on about how you can benefit from an RRIF.
Understanding the Three Major Asset Classes:Cash, Bonds and Stocks
On April 19, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first Federal Budget from the minority Liberal government in the House of Commons. Since the government did not introduce a budget in 2020 because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first Federal Budget in more than two years.
At BMO Private Wealth, we believe that supporting our clients with their increasing focus on sustainability is a great demonstration of a truth that underpins our purpose: Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. We have a proud legacy of innovation and collaboration through the integration of environmental, social and governance ("ESG") issues into our investment processes, while ensuring that investment decisions are always made in the best interests of our clients. Supporting these decisions is a belief that incorporating a range of responsible investment techniques can have a meaningful impact on the creation of long-term investor value.
Talking Points is a weekly market commentary written by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets.
Focus is a weekly financial digest.
Strategic commentary on equities and an overview of financial markets.
The monthly Global Markets Commentary provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.
A Monthly Commodity Watch-Tracks BMO Capital Market's Commodity Price Index and provides commentary and forecasts.
Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.
This report provides an overview on the taxation of eligible dividends, in light of recent changes.
2021 Market Outlook – The Continuation of the Roaring Twenties Recovery, Rotation and Reflation
BMO’s outlook on the equity markets featuring Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, to help you prepare for the coming year.
Tune into The Wealth Experience podcast channel for an exclusive BMO Wealth Management Podcast.
Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.
This article discusses common digital asset considerations and important information for making sure they are properly addressed in your estate plan.
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.
This article addresses common questions asked by our agricultural clients regarding succession planning of the family farm.
What Happens When a Canadian Resident Dies? discusses what happens to the assets of a deceased Canadian resident from a tax and estate perspective.
This is designed to help your family, executor (referred to as a “liquidator” in Quebec), or Power of Attorney for Property (referred to as a “mandatory” in Quebec) locate all of your important documents and other information needed to administer your estate or act as your Power of Attorney for Property
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.
Today, the modern family comes in many different shapes and sizes; this diversity is having an impact on family relationships and the way families interact when addressing estate planning.
If you own a vacation property, this provides information on the tax consequences of selling a second home and highlights important estate planning considerations, if your plan is to keep your vacation property in the family for the next generation.
Wealth Themes is a monthly compilation of timely articles and tools from our experts and other BMO Financial Group partners.
This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.
How Critical Illness and Disability Insurance Fit Together in a Wealth Plan explains the differences between these two types of insurance, and how they can work and complement each other in a wealth plan.
At BMO Nesbitt Burns we can help you determine the best way to finance your child’s education and work with you to develop a savings program that helps meet your educational savings goals.
Make better investment choices by understanding and reducing bias. BMO Wealth Management provides insights and strategies around wealth planning and financial decisions to better prepare you for a confident financial future.
Insurance Considerations for Business Owners and Incorporated Professionals
Having a TFSA works. Get one working for you. Whether you’re saving for a new car, a home purchase, your child’s education or retirement, a TFSA can help you reach your financial goals sooner.
With upfront knowledge of the cost of investing, you’re able to focus on developing a long-term plan that respects your tolerance for risk and will help you reach your wealth management objectives.
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.
In an effort to help simplify your tax preparation efforts, we are providing you with a brief overview of the various tax slips and supporting documents you may receive from BMO, and their expected mailing dates.
People often choose to fulfill their philanthropic goals by making gifts to charity in their will. There are many benefits to this form of giving and one of them is the tax benefit. When an individual provides for a charitable gift in his or her will, his or her estate is entitled to a donation tax credit. If the estate qualifies as a “graduated rate estate” (GRE), the donation tax credit may also be used to reduce or completely offset the tax liability that arises from the deemed disposition of capital property that occurs upon death. In the year of death and the year prior to death, up to 100% of a taxpayer’s net income can be offset by charitable donations.
This article details two tax planning strategies available when transferring a Canadian farm property to the next generation of family farmers.
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.
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.
When it comes to investment income, all is not equal after tax. Knowing how tax rules affect your investments is essential in order to maximize your after-tax return. This publication explains the taxation of investment income held in a taxable account as it pertains to an individual resident in Canada.
Since Canada represents only a small portion of the world’s capitalization, it may make sense to include some foreign investments in your portfolio. However, it is important to understand Canadian and other foreign tax implications of owning investments outside of Canada.
Tax planning should be a year round activity, in order to maximize the savings opportunities available to you. The Personal Tax Calendar has been updated for 2020 and summarizes important tax deadlines and provides some planning tips for you to consider throughout the coming year.
This article explains how tax-loss selling works, and what to consider before implementing the strategy.
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.
The federal government released an important tax consultation paper on July 18, 2017. The consultation paper outlined proposed policy responses for certain tax planning strategies involving private corporations that it perceives unfairly reduce personal taxes of high income earners through a variety of tax reduction strategies unavailable to other Canadians.
Trusts are often used in tax and estate planning because of the flexibility they offer over the control, management and distribution of appreciating assets. In particular, the use of a discretionary family trust to reduce the after-tax cost of children’s educational and other expenses is a common tax strategy and the focus of this publication.
New tax legislation which originated from the 2014 Federal Budget will take effect on January 1, 2016. These changes will have significant implications for existing and future testamentary, spousal, alter-ego and joint-partner trusts, as well as affecting testamentary charitable gifts. This article provides a brief summary of the upcoming changes.
These days, given the current economic climate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents of adult children may feel their own finances are in relatively good order, yet they may have concerns about their adult children and their ability to support themselves during this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Helping your children is a parental instinct, and if you have the means you certainly want to help them out. However, remember to do so prudently so you don’t impact your own retirement, estate planning or tax situation. This article explores ways to effectively help your adult children while keeping your own wealth plan in order.
Most parents hope their children will pursue higher education – and for good reason. A post-secondary education can prepare your child for a fulfilling career, lead to enhanced earnings potential and, ultimately, steer them on the path to a successful and rewarding life. However, if adequate savings are not in place for post-secondary education, your children could graduate with the added stress of carrying significant student debt before they’ve even secured their first job.
Have you ever felt like you are walking on a treadmill with your personal finances – doing a lot of work but not getting anywhere?
Tax-filing season provides a good opportunity to learn more about your current financial situation. While you have all your records on hand, you can review your finances and calculate your net worth.
You’ve got plans. Let’s make it an action plan.
Our “One Wealth” team creates solutions that respect the nuances of your profession, and address the opportunities and potential challenges associated with your personal wealth. We can help you with complex banking and borrowing needs; investment management, wealth planning concerns, business succession strategies, and trust and estate services. In short, we can help provide you with the right solution, regardless of the complexity of your needs.
The Wealth Insights Magazine highlights several topics, strategies, and solutions for the owner to consider when balancing personal wealth management with the needs of their business venture.