TORONTO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Small declines in home prices
and mortgage rates made Canadian home ownership slightly more
affordable in the fourth quarter of 2012, the second straight
improvement, and soft home buyer demand may help continue the
trend in 2013, according to a report by RBC Economics released
RBC, Canada’s largest bank and a huge mortgage lender,
measures affordability as the percentage of monthly pre-tax
income for a household needed to cover the typical costs of
owning a home, including mortgage payments, utilities and
TORONTO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Canada’s federal housing agency
scaled back its forecast for homebuilding in 2013 on Friday,
saying that a slowdown in economic growth and job gains will
dampen demand for new homes, the latest sign that Canada’s
housing market is cooling rapidly.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said that while it
expects the housing market slowdown that hit in the second half
of 2012 will continue into 2013, it believes momentum will
return later in 2013 and 2014.
TORONTO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Canadian pension fund OMERS said
on Friday it notched a 10 percent return on investments in 2012
as its private equity, property and infrastructure portfolios
made strong gains, offsetting losses on its investment in
Alberta’s oil and gas sector.
OMERS, which manages the pension plan for Ontario’s
public-sector municipal workers and has become a global
dealmaker by virtue of its deep pockets, said its net assets
grew to C$60.8 billion last year from C$55.1 billion at the end
TORONTO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Canadian home prices fell for
the fifth month in a row in January from December and the
year-over-year price gain was the smallest since 2009 as the
housing market continued to cool.
The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which
measures price changes for repeat sales of single-family homes,
showed on Wednesday that overall prices fell 0.3 percent in
January from a month earlier.
TORONTO, Feb 10 (Reuters) –
Buoyed by rising global stock markets, Canadian asset managers
are increasingly certain that 2013 will be the year that
investors who were burned by the financial crisis make a return
to equity-linked products.
As mutual fund developers try to read investor sentiment in
Canada’s traditionally heavy first-quarter sales period, money
continues to flow into funds marketed with the reassuring
“income” or “yield” tags that are favored by investors who lost
money in the 2008-09 stock market meltdown.
TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canadian financial adviser
Frances Summerhill has always felt a special connection with
female clients, but her focus on serving women is about more
than just rapport: she sees growth opportunities in their
“More women are starting businesses than men right now, more
are graduating from university … and there will be a wealth
transfer as women outlive their spouses. So women are going to
be in control of a lot of money,” said Summerhill, a veteran
financial planner at Scotia Capital Inc in Sudbury,
Ontario, 400 km north of Toronto.
TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts plunged
in January as both single and multiple starts fell, particularly
in Ontario, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said on Friday in a
report that showed the housing market was weakening even faster
The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
was 160,577 units in January, down from 197,118 in December. The
December figure was revised down from the 197,976 units reported
TORONTO (Reuters) – Gina McDonnell’s ancestors ran the family’s diverse charitable foundation for two generations before a retiring uncle turned to the Bank of Nova Scotia for help.
For the past 20 years, the bank’s Scotia Trust and Scotia Asset Management units have done everything from managing the assets and sorting through grants to ensuring compliance and providing independent auditors. They even host the meetings – and order the sandwiches – when the family gathers four times a year to discuss its charity.
TORONTO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Canadian financial adviser Taylor
Hewson said it can be little awkward when he approaches clients
of his father’s who haven’t been contacted in years. But most of
the time, he comes away with an interested investor to add to
his own business.
As second-generation financial advisers in Regina, Hewson
and his brother have full permission to mine his father’s list
of old, less profitable or neglected clients as they seek to
build a partnership and plan for eventual business succession.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Comparing wealth managers who exploit niche markets to tobacco companies who make “light” cigarettes, the head of investment at Alberta’s largest bank said it is time the industry started leading investors rather than feeding them trendy products.
“Far too many firms are cranking out whatever advisers and clients are asking for at the moment, and we’ve ended up with thousands and thousands of funds, most of them are quite mediocre,” said Sheldon Dyck, president of ATB Investor Services, the wealth management arm of ATB Financial, Alberta’s state-owned bank.