Category: GIC

Overcoming the “Money Illusion” with GIC laddering

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the term “Money Illusion” is some kind of magic trick. And while it does suggest that things are not as they appear, there’s nothing magical about it. The term Money Illusion describes the tendency many of us have when we think of money in absolute amounts, and not in … read more

Will Canada join the negative interest rate club?

Negative Interest Rates in Canada

In discussing its recent decision to hold the benchmark lending rate steady at 0.5 percent, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz did not rule out the possibility of implementing a negative interest rate if the economy doesn’t show increased strength in the coming months. While Canada has never adopted a negative interest rate before, the … read more

Strategies for investing in GICs

Re-balancing portfolio asset classes Financial advisors recommend an investment portfolio balanced with equities such as stocks or mutual funds, together with fixed income instruments including bonds and GICs. Generally speaking, equities are considered higher risk than fixed income as equity values fluctuate depending on market conditions. Fixed income securities, as their name implies, produce a … read more

GIC basics for the Canadian investor

Are you interested in learning how GICs could be incorporated into your portfolio, but confused by how they work? Are you unsure how to find the best GIC rates, or even if it makes sense for you to invest in GICs at this particular time? If this describes you, then this 3-part series of posts … read more