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Feb 13, 2014

CI Financial profit rises 22 percent as assets climb

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian asset manager CI Financial Corp reported a 22 percent rise in quarterly profit on Thursday, matching expectations, as surging equity markets boosted assets under management.

While CI did not increase its dividend again as some had predicted, shares were up 0.2 percent at C$35.68 in late afternoon trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and analysts said they expected more strength from the Toronto-based CI in 2014.

Feb 12, 2014

Canada house prices rise in January to record high

TORONTO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Canadian home prices rose to a
record high in January as Vancouver prices surged, the
Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index showed on
Wednesday, even as other housing indicators have shown a cooling
market.

The index, which measures price changes for repeat sales of
single-family homes, showed national prices rose 0.4 percent
last month from December, the largest monthly rise in five
months. They had risen 0.1 percent in December.

Feb 10, 2014

Advisers look to lure do-it-yourself investors

TORONTO (Reuters) – While financial advisers have struggled against headlines that suggest their fees and rates of return don’t offer enough benefits to ordinary investors, South Carolina adviser Kent Thune said he’s very clear about how he helps his clients.

“The number one value advisers provide is not picking stocks or asset allocation or timing the market. It is protecting the clients from their own behavioral mistakes,” said Thune, a certified financial planner and founder of Atlantic Capital Investments in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Feb 6, 2014

Sun Life launches asset manager, eyes pension plans

TORONTO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Sun Life Financial Inc launched
an asset management business on Thursday to provide private
asset class pooled funds for pension plans and other
institutional investors looking to boost yield with alternative
investments like real estate.

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s third-largest life insurer,
which already has a big defined benefit pension business, said
the new business, Sun Life Investment Management Inc., will
offer the full services of an asset manager to institutional
investors seeking access to the hot alternatives market.

Feb 6, 2014

Canada housing agency sees stable starts, prices in 2014

TORONTO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s federal housing agency
nudged up its forecast for housing starts and prices in 2014 and
said sales and construction will be steady to higher in 2015 as
an improving economy tempers the impact of rising mortgage
rates.

The view from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp suggests
the nation’s once-roaring housing market is settling into a soft
landing, with construction moderating to more sustainable levels
and sales and prices ticking slowly higher.

Feb 5, 2014

Canada pension board opens Brazil office, eyes real estate, infrastructure

TORONTO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Canada Pension Plan Investment
Board said on Wednesday it will open an office in Sao Paulo in
April, intent on boosting real estate and infrastructure
investments in the region even as money is flowing out of
emerging markets.

CPPIB, a global dealmaker intent on diversifying its C$192.8
billion ($174 billion) portfolio, said the timing for opening
its fifth global office is perfect, though it noted competitors
like sovereign wealth funds are also hunting similar assets.

Feb 3, 2014

In hot Canadian market, parents hold keys to homeownership

TORONTO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Laura Parsons helped her son buy
his first home four years ago, and she’s ready to help her
daughter do the same, making her part of what many say is a
growing trend across Canada, where home prices have soared 84
percent in 10 years.

“I am going to give her the downpayment,” said Parsons, 54,
a mortgage banker in Calgary, Alberta, where an oil industry
boom has pushed home prices to record highs. “We’re the baby
boom generation, we have more money than we ever thought we
would, we have two incomes, we’re saving, so I’m going to help.”

Jan 29, 2014

Fund manager AGF profit below estimates, hurt by redemptions

TORONTO (Reuters) – AGF Management Ltd (AGFb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as the redemption of a single legacy account helped trim assets under management by 12.1 percent, even as global stock markets gained.

The Canadian fund manager, one of the nation’s largest independents, said net income from continuing operations was C$7.1 million ($6.4 million), or 8 Canadian cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended November 30, compared with C$13.0 million, or 14 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

Jan 15, 2014

Canada existing home sales soften in December – CREA

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Sales of existing homes in
Canada dropped sharply in December from November, the Canadian
Real Estate Association said on Wednesday, adding to a string of
data showing Canada’s housing market was cooling as 2013 drew to
a close.

The industry group for Canadian real estate agents said
sales activity was down 1.8 percent last month from November.
Actual sales for December, not seasonally adjusted, were up 12.9
percent from December 2012, which was a particularly weak month.

Jan 14, 2014

Canadian home prices edge higher in December -Teranet

TORONTO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Canadian home resale prices
edged up in December and returned the Teranet-National Bank
Composite House Price Index to a record high after a decline the
month before.

The index, which measures price changes for repeat sales of
single-family homes, showed on Tuesday that national prices rose
0.1 percent last month from November. In November, they fell 0.1
percent from October.