Resources

COVID-19 Update

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.

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.

Education and Knowledge

Building a Sustainable Future - ESG in Canadian Oil and Gas

This article highlights Canada’s recognition as a leader in ESG among the world’s major oil and gas reserve holders, and it provides separate assessments of the Canadian Oil Sands, Exploration and Production, and Energy Services sectors.

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.

Investing Handbook

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

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.

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.

Global Equity Weekly

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

Focus

Focus is a weekly financial digest.

Wealth Experience Podcast

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

Research

Rates Scenario

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

Estate & Succession Planning

Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan

This article discusses common digital asset considerations and important information for making sure they are properly addressed in your estate plan.

Managing Your Wealth

Wealth Planning Facts & Figures

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

Wealth Themes

Wealth Themes is a monthly compilation of timely articles and tools from our experts and other BMO Financial Group partners.

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.

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.

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.

Business Advisory & Succession Planning

Unlocking Business Value Through a Sale to an Employee

As a business owner considering your transition options, one common exit strategy is a sale to one or more key employees. Upon first glance this may seem like the simplest strategy, but as is the case with any transition event there is significant complexity involved.

Financing Options When Buying or Selling a Business

The purchase and sale of a business is a complicated and challenging process. Once a price has been agreed on, an important hurdle that buyers and sellers often face is the financing of the purchase price. This is primarily driven by the financial capacity of the buyer, and willingness of the seller to accommodate the buyers.

Maximizing Value and Achieving Family Harmony in Business Transitions

Transitioning a business is a complex process. It’s much more than a financial transaction and can have rippling effects, both personally and on the family. Without careful consideration, proper planning and active involvement from family and external advisors it could be a disruptive, demanding and overwhelming process.

An Ounce of Prevention Keep Your Business Agreements Current to Ease Estate Surprises

Predictability and continuity are the gold standard of business operations. Nothing is more disruptive than an unplanned event that sends shock waves throughout the enterprise. One of the greatest disruptors is the death of a principal owner or employee. Having solid business agreements in place provides better clarity and certainty for you and all stakeholders, including business partners, family members, employees, customers and suppliers. Regardless of the size and structure of your business, understanding and strengthening agreements, with contingencies in the case of your incapacity or death, is a vital part of estate planning for all business owners.

Philanthropy

Donating Appreciated Securities

The benefits of making a charitable donation are countless – from helping those in need to the personal satisfaction of giving back to the causes that are important to us. Charitable giving also makes good sense from a tax perspective. With proper planning, you can reduce your total income tax liability and maximize the value of your donation.

The Emergence of Blended Charitable Gifts

A “Blended Charitable Gifts Strategy” refers to the practice of gifting something now, something later (a gift in a Will) and something in between. This strategy gives donors the greatest opportunity to maximize their charitable giving, while taking into consideration their long-term financial needs. There are also significant tax advantages to giving during one’s lifetime, and additional tax advantages when a gift is made from an estate