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Magazine Cover for January 2022
January 2022

The investment industry is just....so strange.

But first, Happy New Year!

As the New Year turned over, the investment dealers in Canada and advisors have to dealwith a new regulatory requirement, known as the “Know-Your-Product” rule.

Seriously, we can’t make this up. Only now do advisors need to understand their products.

In 2022, for the first time ever, advisors are now ‘required’ to perform due diligence on the products they sell, and to ensure those products are appropriate for you, the investor.
Investment Dealers need to perform due diligence on products, and if a security has complex or unique features making it difficult to fully understand, the Dealer may conclude that the
security should not be made available to a certain class or subset of retail clients.

Examples of difficult securities could be: leveraged and inverse ETFs, principal protected notes, asset backed securities, and derivative instruments.

Yep, you are reading that right. Only now, in 2022, do investment advisors actually need to know what it is they are selling.

Now, we could fill this page with comments about the bureaucracy and red-tape that is involved in the investment world, but that would just be boring.

Rather, we will again remind Money Savers, make sure YOU fully understand what you are buying. Review what it is you now own, because your advisor, until now, wasn’t even required to understand what they were pitching to you. In other words, this same statement applies, even with this regulatory change: NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR MONEY MORE THAN YOU, and at the end of the day make sure YOU are the one that knows what you are doing.

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Magazine Cover for November 2021
November 2021

If there is one thing I have learned in my career it is to keep emotions out of investing.

Emotions will wreak havoc with your investment success.

Sure, you’ve heard this before, but it is so hard to do.
You read the news; you watch the market. When things are bad they sure do look bad. When sellers are panicking and you are losing thousands by the day (or hour, or second) it is certainly easy to get nervous and start selling, too.

Some tips to combat this: One, think like a mutual fund manager. Funds are priced daily, so assume you just bought all your stocks at today’s prices. Are you comfortable at
that price? Remember, a stock doesn’t know or care what you paid for it. Don’t ‘anchor’ a stock with a price from before that means nothing now.

Two, remember that you own part of a company when you own a stock. The most important thing is how that company performs. You have not bought China economic policies, a US budget, or anything else that investors like to fret about. You have bought a company. Many companies can do well in all types of market and economic scenarios.

Three, remember that volatility transfers wealth from short-term investors to long-term investors: the greatest stocks of the past 20 years have all experienced stomach-turning drops,
at times. But here they are, still making money for investors who stuck it out.

It has been a most unusual year, again. All of us at MoneySaver wish you a joyous and prosperous Holiday Season.

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