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Brad St. Cyr

Investment Advisor and Financial Planner

Brad St. Cyr
Alex Woods

Tel: 403-592-2069

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Tax Planning
How Investment Income is Taxed
Retirement Planning
Understanding the Basic RRSP Rules
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.
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.
Collecting the CPP
Checklist - More than 10 years to retirement
Prepare now to retire well later.
Checklist - Between 2 and 10 years to retirement
A clear path to retirement requires a clear plan. If retirement is now on the horizon and no longer a distant goal, you’ll want to make sure preparing for it is a priority. Using this time to continue to save and build your assets, while paying off outstanding debt can really make a difference. This is also the perfect time to put some serious thought into what your retirement will look like. This checklist will help you do just that.
Checklist - Less than 2 years to retirement
Transition into retirement with confidence. As you transition into retirement, keep in mind your income could come from multiple sources at different times of the month. You’ll need to know where that income will come from, how much you’ll receive, and when you’ll receive it. Before you retire, you’ll need to complete a variety of employer and government forms. This checklist will help you move into your retirement seamlessly.
RRIFs - Tips and considerations
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.
Locked-in Retirement Plans
RRSPs - Saving Tips and Strategies
A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) remains the cornerstone of most retirement plans, particularly if you don’t have a company pension plan. An RRSP is a tax-deferred plan designed to help you save for retirement.
RRSP Withdrawals
There is often a temptation to withdraw funds from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) prior to your retirement. Careful consideration should be given to the financial impact of this decision.
Your RRSP Maturity Options
You’ve saved and invested wisely over the years in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Now that you’re retiring, you’ll need to use your RRSP savings to supplement your pension and government benefits to create the retirement lifestyle you’ve been planning. The question now becomes, what RRSP maturity option is best for you?
LIF Minimum & Maximum Withdrawal Schedule
Each year the amount that you can withdraw from your Life Income Fund (LIF) will vary depending on your age, the value of your plan at the beginning of the calendar year, and the provincial or federal pension legislation governing your plan.
Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)
The Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a savings plan that allows Canadians to invest and earn tax-free returns. Any income (interest, dividends, and capital gains) earned is tax-free.
Philanthropy
BMO Charitable Giving Program
Philanthropy is an important financial planning consideration for many Canadians, and an integral part of their wealth management plan. A Charitable Gift Fund (“donor advised fund”), established through the BMO Charitable Giving Program, allows you to create a flexible and customized philanthropic solution that will have a lasting impact on causes that matter to you and your family.
Financial Planning
Wealth Planning
You’ve got plans. Let’s make it an action plan.
Wealth Management for Physicians: Because Your Financial Health Matters
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.
Education Planning
Registered Education Savings 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.
Taking Money Out Of An RESP
This article provides information on how, and when, to withdraw funds from an RESP, as well as information on qualifying educational institutions and programs. In situations where the RESP beneficiary decides not to pursue post-secondary studies or leaves before completing a qualifying program, the subscriber of the plan must decide what to do with the money that has accumulated in the RESP.
Business Advisory & Succession Planning
Five Best Practices for Business Owners During Uncertain Times
The BMO Business Advisory and Transition Planning team has outlined five best practices to help business owners focus and manage their business effectively.
COVID-19 Update
Update on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Summary of Federal Fiscal and Tax Measures to Support Canadians and Businesses
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.
Netflix at Home or Theme Park Thrills?
July 9, 2020: The monthly Global Markets Commentary – Netflix at Home or Theme Park Thrills?, prepared by Lesley Marks, Chief Investment Officer, BMO Private Wealth, provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.
America’s Post-Pandemic Economic Prospects
June 29, 2020: After dealing with the steepest, deepest, and fastest recession in history, there are clear indications that the U.S. economy has begun the first stages of recovery. In this report, we delve deeper into the prospects for economic recovery in the months and years ahead, including what sectors will lead, and which will be constrained. While there are serious challenges ahead for the economy, there are also important reasons to remain positive on the medium-term outlook.
Beware of the Parallels Between Today and the Great Depression
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.
Post-Pandemic Economy: Building a Bridge
April 17th: While policymakers, markets, and businesses are all still dealing with the effect and extent of the deep economic downturn, attention is turning to what the economy will look like after the storm. Special report prepared by BMO Capital Markets Economic Research.
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.
Other
Wealth Insights Magazine
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.
BMO Nesbitt Burns Gateway®
This article provides an overview of the information and tools available through Gateway. A key feature of Gateway is the ability to access your BMO Nesbitt Burns account statements and trade confirmations electronically by signing up for eDocuments.
Tax Planning Strategies
Completing Your 2020 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.
Personal Tax Calendar 2021
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.
2020 Year-End Tax Planning Tips
Since many tax strategies require foresight to be effective, tax planning should be a year-round activity. However, as the year end approaches there are still opportunities to consider in order to reduce your 2020 tax bill.
BMO Charitable Giving Program
The BMO Charitable Giving Program, allows you to create a flexible and customized philanthropic solution that will have a lasting impact on causes that matter to you and your family.
How Investment Income is Taxed
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.
The CRA’s Foreign Reporting Requirements
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 Proposals Affecting Private Corporations
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.
Managing Your Wealth
Wealth Planning Facts & Figures
This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.
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.
Wealth Planning for Uncertain Times
April 30, 2020: 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.
Registered Retirement Income Funds
Insurance Considerations
Insurance Considerations for Business Owners and Incorporated Professionals
BMO SmartFolio
BMO SmartFolio is an online portfolio management service for investors looking for a convenient, affordable and professional digital investment solution.
Estate & Succession Planning
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.
Research
Rates Scenario
Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.
Economic and Market Updates
Global Equity Weekly
A look at what happened in the equity markets over the past week and an update on the earnings reports.
Equity and Fixed Income Strategy
Strategic commentary on fixed income and an overview of fixed income markets.
Global Markets Commentary
The monthly Global Markets Commentary provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.
Talking Points
Talking Points is a weekly market commentary written by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets.
Podcast: Brian Belski’s Market Outlook for 2021
In this episode, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth speaks with Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, BMO Capital Markets who shares his thoughts on the unprecedented nature of 2020 and challenges that remain for 2021. BMO Capital Markets’ recent publication, 2021 Market Outlook, is also attached to this invitation.
Special Report | Vaccinations: State of Play
A timely analysis of recent economic events
Investment Strategy: 2021 Market Outlook
BMO’s outlook on the equity markets featuring Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, to help you prepare for the coming year.
IN Tune Podcast
IN Tune is a podcast series featuring Equity Research analysts from BMO Capital Markets.We explore key emerging themes and trends to help you manage your wealth with confidence.
Wealth Experience Podcast
Tune into The Wealth Experience podcast channel for an exclusive BMO Wealth Management Podcast.
Federal Fall Economic Statement
Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement reveals a brighter federal fiscal picture than the Budget of nine months ago, opening the door for some new policy measures. And, as widely expected, the centrepiece of the update was a major-league ramping up of depreciation allowances on business capital spending. This big-ticket item (which will alone cost almost $5 billion in FY19/20), along with a sprinkling of other measures, will more than absorb the moderate revenue windfall, with the budget deficit now expected to tick up slightly in the next fiscal year (which begins next April). Read On…
BMO ETF Portfolio Strategy Report
This report highlights our strategic and tactical portfolio positioning strategies for the second quarter using various BMO Exchange Traded Funds. Our key strategy changes are outlined throughout the report and in our quarterly outlook on page six.
Education and Knowledge
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.
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
The Benefits of Going Paperless with BMO Nesbitt Burns Gateway
This article outlines the advantages of converting to eStatements as well as Gateway’s valuable features, such as detailed real-time account information and leading market research.
Investment Advice
This article offers a look at how the BMO Capital Markets team is comprised and the notable credentials they’ve achieved.