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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.

BMO Digital Transformation: How to future-proof your business

We can all agree that 2020 was an unprecedented year, and the global COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live and work. Extended lockdowns made it challenging to do business, as everyone was confined to their homes. But as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Retirement Planning

Caregiving in Canada

When someone becomes a caregiver, they can often be confused and overwhelmed by trying to find services to assist them in caring for their loved one. Many people do not know what services are available or where to begin to find these services. The good news is there are several options to assist you.

Business Advisory & Succession Planning

Considerations of a Financial Analyst in the Sale of Business

When it comes to valuation and the value of an enterprise, applying a multiple to Normalized EBITDA (“Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation & Amortization”) is an approach often used to value a company for the purposes of a sale, merger or acquisition. The value of a company is based on the risk of achieving future cash-flows, future growth opportunities, and capital requirements to maintain and grow the business.

Management Succession Planning

When we speak of “business succession planning” for private companies, some people think only of tax and estate planning, while others may only consider a transition in the share ownership of a business. While those are each important elements of succession planning, on their own they do not cover everything that needs to be included in an effective succession plan.

COVID-19 Update

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tax Tips For Investors

Knowing how tax rules affect your investments is essential to maximizing your after-tax return. In addition, keeping up to date on changes to the tax rules ensures that you take advantage of all the tax savings available to Canadian-resident individuals. This article provides an overview of select strategies to assist you in reducing your tax bill.

Managing Your Wealth

BMO Wealth Institute Report

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.

Wealth Planning Facts & Figures

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

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,

Financial Resolutions for 2022

As you consider your financial priorities for the coming year, here are some financial resolutions that could help you save taxes, protect your portfolio, and position you for financial success in 2022.

Estate & Succession Planning

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.

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

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.

“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.

Research

Equity Research Strengths & Distinctions

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

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

Portfolio Strategy

Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.

Investment Strategy: 2022 Market Outlook

BMO’s outlook on the equity markets featuring Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, to help you prepare for the coming year.

Evaluating Portfolio Performance

The attached article, Evaluating Portfolio Performance, discusses the different benchmarks and indices that you can use, but also discusses the concept of goals-based investing.

Focus

Focus is a weekly financial digest.

Wealth Experience Podcast

Tune into The Wealth Experience podcast channel for an exclusive BMO Wealth Management Podcast.

Equity and Fixed Income Strategy (summary)

Summary of the strategic commentary on equities and an overview of financial markets.

When Easy Money Goes in Reverse

Let’s say it like it is. North American Central Banks have painted themselves into a corner by leaving interest too low for too long. This is what is commonly known as “ultra-easy monetary policy” in the parlance of Bay Street. Well, those days are now behind us judging by the increasingly blunt rhetoric from Central Bankers. To wit, Fed Chairman Powell recently said that inflation would stay high in 2022, but he vowed the central bank will do whatever it takes to bring price increases under control. His Bank of Canada (BoC) counterpart Tiff Macklem admitted to misjudging the strength of inflation at the start of the year and pledged to act “as forcefully as needed” to make up for the mistake. Little wonder interest rates have been rising.

Talking Points

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

Current News / Affairs

2022 Federal Budget Review

Federal Budget 2022 - Impact on Charities

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

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.

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.

Networth Newsletter

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

Impact of Sequence of Returns on Your Retirement Portfolio

This examines the detrimental effects of negative returns at the beginning of retirement, as retirees withdraw from their capital; in turn, causing erosion of retirement savings.

Investing Handbook

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