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Research

Education and Knowledge

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.

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 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.

Economic and Market Updates

Portfolio Strategy

Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.

Equity and Fixed Income Strategy

Strategic commentary on fixed income and an overview of fixed income markets.

Focus

Focus is a weekly financial digest.

Eligible Dividend Income

This report provides an overview on the taxation of eligible dividends, in light of recent changes.

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.

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.

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.

Managing Your Wealth

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.

Tax Planning

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.

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.