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Responsible Investing

Considering Responsible Investing? Here's Why You Should

For many, 2020 was seen as a “critical year for addressing climate change.” Riding on a wave of environmental activism, the hope was that the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), scheduled in November of last year, would solidify plans to reduce global carbon emissions. Instead, COVID-19 and anti-racism movements refocused public attention, overshadowing many pressing environmental concerns and postponing COP26. But while this period of upheaval seems to have sidelined the momentum that environmental concerns were gaining, the social inequalities revealed have pushed many conscious investors to explore sustainable investments — specifically those focused on companies with strong environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) principles.

Tax Planning

Planning For Your Income Tax Refund

Many Canadians will receive an income tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency or Revenu Québec, for those who also file taxes in Quebec. If you’ve received a tax refund based on your income tax return, it may be worthwhile meeting with your BMO financial professional to discuss how you can maximize using these funds, such as repaying non-deductible debt, or catching up on your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), or Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) contributions.

Strategies to Minimize Capital Gains Tax

Towards the end of the year, many investors review their investment portfolios to determine the anticipated tax impact of any capital gains and losses realized during the year. For investors who have realized significant capital gains, this article examines various strategies to help reduce the impact of a potential tax liability of these gains, regardless of whether they were the result of a voluntary or involuntary sale.

Retirement Planning

Retirement planning: CPP/QPP, RRIF and OAS considerations

When the time for retirement arrives, payments from the Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP), Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), and Old Age Security (OAS) are the main sources of retirement income for many Canadians. It is important to consider these income streams and discuss the planning opportunities with your financial professional as you approach your retirement years. This publication provides an overview of these programs and some factors affecting the decision-making process.

Education Planning

Education Planning

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 child could graduate with the added stress of carrying significant student debt before they’ve even secured their first job.

Tax Planning Strategies

2022 Personal Tax Calendar

While most Canadians are aware of the April 30 personal income tax filing deadline, there are other important tax deadlines that must be observed over the course of the year – especially if you want to take advantage of certain tax deductions and credits. This calendar summarizes several important dates on the tax calendar and offers some tips to help you with your overall wealth planning. Where a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”), the deadline is generally extended to the next business day.

Completing Your 2021 Income Tax Return Checklist

As the tax filing deadline approaches, here are some reminders to help ensure you’re prepared to file your personal income tax return, and that you maximize your tax savings.

Tax Slips Overview

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.

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.

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.

Wealth Planning for Uncertain Times

In times of uncertainty and market volatility, creating or updating your wealth plan will help to keep you focused on the long-term and can provide reassurance that your goals remain achievable.

Protecting Your Wealth

You’ve worked hard to build your family’s wealth; that’s why protecting it is a key priority to ensure you are prepared to meet your current and future wealth management goals and commitments. This article discusses several considerations that can help to safeguard and enhance your wealth.

Wealth Planning Facts & Figures

This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.

Building a Lasting Wealth Legacy

Building a Lasting Wealth Legacy focuses on fundamental principles to consider, in order to prepare the next generation to manage the family wealth successfully, and it also includes a roadmap that outlines considerations to help build a lasting wealth legacy.

Having a TFSA works

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.

Generation Why!

Take notice of millennials – they’re devoted, educated, and focused to succeed.

Having Meaningful Money Conversations With Your Partner

Communication is essential in any relationship, and that includes being able to talk about money. In a BMO Financial Group study,1 Canadians cited conflicts over finances (68 per cent) as the primary reason why a couple might divorce; ahead of infidelity (60 per cent) and disagreements about family (36 per cent). Money has the potential to be a source of tension and conflict for any couple, regardless of their net worth. This article provides some suggestions to help you and your partner have more meaningful discussions around money,

Estate & Succession Planning

Different Ownership Structures for Real Estate Investment Property

Investing in real estate has always been a popular investment strategy for building wealth, particularly in active housing markets and big cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. No matter where you choose to invest, the decision to purchase real estate should be reviewed with your tax and legal advisors to understand the tax and legal issues applicable to your particular circumstances, and to determine whether it is a suitable option for your situation.

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.

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.

Estate Information Organizer

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

“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.

Estate planning for complex family dynamics

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.

Research

Periodic Table of Asset Class Returns

The Periodic Table of Asset Class Returns shows the annual returns of various asset classes, as measured by its appropriate global market index,1 and ranks them in order of performance – from best to worst – from 2011 to 2020 (in CDN$).

Rates Scenario

Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.

Equity Research Strengths & Distinctions

Our goal is to be a leader in investment research, providing investors with insight and actionable money-making investment ideas.

Economic and Market Updates

Global Markets Commentary

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

Portfolio Strategy

Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.

Global Equity Weekly

A look at what happened in the equity markets over the past week and an update on the earnings reports.

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.

Current News / Affairs

The Major Risks Facing the Oil Market

The oil market remains on a razor’s edge, highlighted by the relatively large price swings over the past month due to concerns that many major Chinese cities could be facing extensive lockdowns. Meanwhile, market participants are still trying to assess the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (i.e., sanctions).

2022 Federal Budget: Implications for Canadian Private Companies

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her second Budget (and first from the re-elected minority Federal Liberal government) in the House of Commons on April 7, 2022.

2022 Federal Budget Review

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her second Budget (and first from the re-elected minority Federal Liberal government) in the House of Commons on April 7, 2022.

Decoding Responsible Investing

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.

Education and Knowledge

Networth Newsletter

A quarterly publication written by BMO Subject Matter Experts on a variety of timely and relevant wealth management topics.

Contribution Reminder for Your RRSP / TFSA / RESP

Maximizing the value of your registered plans by making annual contributions to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (“RRSP”), Tax-Free Savings Account (“TFSA”), and Registered Education Savings Plan (“RESP”) is an important wealth planning strategy. By making your annual contribution(s) early in the year, you’ll benefit from the tax-sheltered growth all year long.

Periodic Table of Asset Class Returns

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.

Teaching your children about money

When a child starts to receive or earn their own money through an allowance, family gifts or a part-time job, their natural instinct is to spend it all. However, it’s never too early to start teaching children the importance of savings, and to respect the fact that money can also serve other goals, like sharing it to help others.

Registered Retirement Savings Plans

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.

Registered Retirement Income Funds

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.

Investing Handbook

Understanding the Three Major Asset Classes:Cash, Bonds and Stocks

BMO Experts Share Their Most Important Investment Lessons

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, many investors agree that they’ve made a few mistakes along the way. In the attached article we asked four BMO Financial Group experts to share the most important lessons they’ve learned during their careers as investment professionals. The lessons learned, some which may be familiar to you, provide insight and best practices to consider when investing and managing your portfolio.