Market Indices: Asset & Risk Management - February 2014

Great summary of investment performance - monthly, quarter, Year to date and 1-year stats. Updated performance data: stocks, bonds, mixed portfolios, etc.

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Getting Started: advice, ideas and stories from smart women on learning to invest

Investing is a way of taking control and becoming financially independent. Look after yourself no matter what. Build your knowledge and build your wealth.

This is my fourth year of researching the areas of women and finance. This project arose from a strong feeling: something was not quite right in the way that women were being portrayed by both the media and the financial industry in terms of their levels of financial confidence. I knew that there was no connection between the negative messages being perpetuated about women and my practical experience working with competent, smart female investors.

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Towards an Adequate, Affordable Pension for All Canadians

Over the last few decades, applied economic theory, empirical research, and emerging global “best practices” have taught us much about what the characteristics of the ideal system are. Three features stand out:

  1. Retirement saving/consumption formulas that provide a predictable, adequate standard of living over complete post-work life spans.
  2. Full participation by all citizens in such pension arrangements.
  3. Cost-effective pension delivery institutions that operate first and foremost in the interests of the people they are meant to serve.

To spread the load and diversify risks, responsibility for provision of retirement income is ideally shared between public and private actors in three ‘Pillars’.

 

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