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10 commonly asked GIC questions

At first glance, a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)may seem a very straightforward investment, but there’s actually a few things you need to consider before choosing a GIC. To help provide some insights into GICs, we’ve developed this list of the 10 most commonly asked questions. If you’re still unsure about anything here, we’d be happy...read more

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

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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

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Using GICs to supplement your savings

Using GICs to save for specific goals Saving for a long-term objective requires you to balance the protection of the principal, with the ability to still generate an acceptable return rate. As noted last week, GICs offer safety together with guaranteed returns making them ideal for helping you save for a future goal such as...read more

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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

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