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May 9, 2014

IGM first-quarter profit misses estimate as expenses rise

TORONTO, May 9 (Reuters) – IGM Financial Inc, one
of Canada’s top mutual fund companies, said on Friday that
first-quarter net earnings and assets under management both
rose, but their quarterly profit missed expectations as expenses

Shares of the Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company slipped after
it reported net earnings of C$194.4 million ($178.3 million), or
77 Canadian cents a share, in the quarter, down from a
year-earlier profit of C$180.5 million, or 72 Canadian cents.

Apr 28, 2014

RBC wealth focuses on adviser growth, not acquisitions

TORONTO, April 28 (Reuters) – Royal Bank of Canada’s wealth
management division has firm targets for growth, aiming to add
both advisers and assets every year, but Canada’s biggest player
in the high net worth arena is not looking at acquisitions as a
source of growth.

“In Canada, we have leading market share and we are not
looking at any major acquisitions,” David Agnew, chief executive
at RBC Wealth Management Canada, told reporters on Monday.

Apr 24, 2014

Canadian government proposes new risk-sharing pension plan

TORONTO, April 24 (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative
government proposed a new voluntary pension plan on Thursday
that would shift investment risks to employees in a bid to make
pensions more sustainable, touting it as a third option to the
two main types of plans now in place.

The proposal heats up the debate over the best way to ensure
a financially secure retirement for an aging population as
pensions struggle with poor returns after the financial crisis
and employers try to rid themselves of the burden of pension

Apr 15, 2014

Canadian home sales rise in March as spring buoys buyers

TORONTO, April 15 (Reuters) – Sales of existing homes in
Canada jumped in March from February and prices continued to
tick higher as the winter deep freeze ended and home buyers
started to come back into the market, the Canadian Real Estate
Association said on Tuesday.

The industry group for Canadian real estate agents said
sales activity was up 1.0 percent last month from February, and
February’s gain was revised up to a 0.6-percent rise, from 0.3
percent reported previously. The back-to-back monthly gains
followed five straight months of falling sales as the
particularly brutal winter kept the market on hold.

Apr 14, 2014

Canadian resale home prices flat in March -Teranet

TORONTO, April 14 (Reuters) – Canadian resale home prices
were flat in March from February and 12-month home price
inflation slowed slightly, the Teranet-National Bank Composite
House Price Index showed on Monday.

While national prices were essentially unchanged last month
from February, the index, which measures price changes for
repeat sales of single-family homes, showed regional
disparities, as Calgary roared ahead but Montreal faltered. The
Teranet report does not provide actual prices.

Apr 8, 2014

Canadian housing starts, permits drop as market cools

TORONTO, April 8 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts fell
more than expected in March and building permits dropped sharply
in February, according to data released on Tuesday that suggests
the country’s robust housing market is cooling.

Volatility in the housing data and an especially hard winter
may explain some of the unexpected weakness in the data,
economists said. But the figures still bolstered expectations
that home building was starting to slow after a boom that
observers have warned is unsustainable.

Apr 3, 2014

Financial advisers brace for boomer wealth transfer

TORONTO (Reuters) – The looming shift of money to and from the baby boomers promises to be the greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history, and Canadian financial advisers are looking to investment and insurance strategies to help clients hold onto their money.

A Decima Research study found Canadian baby boomers are expected to inherit C$1 trillion ($906 billion) from their frugal Depression-era parents in the next 12 years, just as their own cash-strapped offspring look to them for help to get a start in life.

Apr 1, 2014

Ontario Teachers’ Pension posts 10.9 pct return in 2013

TORONTO, April 1 (Reuters) – The Ontario Teachers’ Pension
Plan, one of Canada’s biggest investors, said Tuesday it had a
10.9 percent rate of return on its investments in 2013, bringing
net assets to a record C$140.8 billion ($127.6 billion).

The strong 2013 returns erased Teachers’ funding shortfall.
Preliminary results showed a C$5.1 billion surplus, the plan’s
first in 10 years. The fund’s rate of return since inception in
1990 has been 10.2 percent.

Mar 31, 2014

Canadian wealth managers jockey to recruit advisers

TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) – An aging workforce and looming
regulatory change are driving stiff competition between Canada’s
top wealth managers to recruit new advisers, a costly and
arduous process that makes finding the right fit crucial for
both sides.

With the average age of advisers at full-service investment
companies nearing 50 and compliance demands rising, top-tier
firms say the next few years may bring the stiffest competition
yet as advisers and employers jockey to find a permanent match.

Mar 27, 2014

Canadian asset manager Sprott says earnings hit bottom in 2013

TORONTO (Reuters) – Alternative asset manager Sprott Inc (SII.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday its earnings hit bottom in the final quarter of 2013 as resource markets swooned, and it expects to do better in 2014 as it considers what to do with ample cash.

Toronto-based Sprott has long been bullish on precious metals and profited handsomely when their prices soared after the financial crisis.