The Francis Forum Provides Perspective
The Francis Forum is a quarterly newsletter written to help provide you with important analysis and perspective on the financial markets. Each quarter we take time to provide you with advice, links to important resources, and in-depth analysis on topics that can affect you and your family’s economic well being. Topics can include changes to Canadian tax law, the Canadian budget, retirement planning strategies and many other interesting topics. We also pass on information on upcoming seminars, community events, and some other interesting articles related to achieving a good work life balance.
Investing is a powerful tool for building wealth and securing your financial future. One of the world’s best investors Warren Buffett has said “Investing is simple, but not easy”. While it may seem daunting at first, understanding the basics of investing is the first step towards making informed financial decisions. In this article, we’ll explore Investing 101, covering the fundamental concepts and strategies that every aspiring investor should know.
As we approach Fall, we start to think of the end of the year. Here are a few financial planning tips as we approach the end of 2023.
The Bank of Canada announced today that it will hold the overnight rate at 5% despite an inflation rate increase to 3.3% in July 2023 which is trending further away from its target inflation rate of 2%. The central bank is adopting a “wait and see” stance as there was a sharp drop in domestic GDP growth reported for the first half of 2023 and increased unemployment to 5.5% in July compared to 4.9% a year ago.
Bank of Canada interest rate hikes are designed to curb demand in the economy by making it more expensive for consumers and businesses to borrow and by squeezing household budgets due to higher debt costs and rents.
Our primary goal is to ensure Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) and Wire orders are initiated, executed, and approved in a secure manner while meeting the needs of our clients. We want to ensure that you receive your fund requests when you need it; for example, buying a new car or any other purchase.
Please be reminded of the following process to ensure no delays are encountered for funding requests.
As we dive into the second half of 2023, it’s an exciting and crucial time for investors like you and me. We find ourselves at the crossroads of economic recovery, policy shifts, technological breakthroughs, and geopolitical events that have the potential to shape the financial markets in significant ways. In this article, let’s embark on a personal journey as we explore the key factors to keep an eye on from a financial market perspective in the latter half of 2023.
Q2 Update: Cycle, further interrupted The COVID-19 virus has stalled the mini-cycle rebound and made a global recession likely. The duration of the virus pandemic is unpredictable, but policy stimulus, pent-up demand and a lack of major imbalances argue for a solid upswing when the virus threat clears. Continue Reading
Keeping Your Kids Busy at Home – Awesome Links/Ideas and Navigating Volatility during the Covid-19 Crisis
Our colleague Allison and friends at Invesco have put together a list of websites that can be a great way to keep our kids connected to the outside world and feel busy, and give us the time we need to connect with others during this period of market volatility.
In about five seconds, all of the Halloween costumes and decor will be whisked off to the clearance aisle and stores will become one big explosion of red and green. Wasn’t it just summer? The holidays sneak up on us faster than the sudden emergence of pumpkin spice in September so it’s important to start…
When young adults become fully responsible for their personal finances for the first time, they’re often in for a rude awakening. Financial literacy is rarely taught in school, and if their families didn’t discuss credit scores, taxes and interest rates as they were growing up, these newly-minted members of the “real world” can easily get…
Each month, clients are welcome to join us for a variety of compelling Seminars that can help you gain a better understanding of the multiple facets of the financial world as well as in other non-financial topics. We bring in established accredited professionals in a professional and impartial environment and allow you the ability to ask questions. Topics range from tax planning and retirement planning, to travel options and seasonal gardening. The topics and speakers are selected based on where your interests lie, and we are always open to suggestions.
We feel it is important that we provide opportunities for you to interact with the team throughout the year, and enjoy some time together with friends and family. As such we organize several activities throughout the year. To see the events which we typically organize, see the list to the right.
Typically we organize events throughout the year, at least one per quarter:
Family Movie Events
Let’s Take a Swing at Cancer
Children’s Christmas Event
16th ANNUAL EUCHREFEST 2023
Duane and his team cordially invite you to enjoy an informal evening of Euchre in a tournament format.
For all of you Euchre enthusiasts, this will be a fun night of cards with a chance to win fabulous prizes!!
All are welcome, whether you know the game or not, but if you are a beginner, brush up, because the competition is fierce.
Space is limited to the first 16 respondents.
Please RSVP to Feda Shureih at email@example.com, or by signing up online but do so ASAP as spots will fill quickly. The rules of the evening will be sent out to all participants before the event.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Broadway Bar and Grill, 1896 Prince of Wales Drive
Please contact Feda on or before Monday, November 13th, 2023
“Let’s take a Swing at Cancer” Golf Tournament
We are excited to once again bring you the “Let’s take a Swing at Cancer” Golf Tournament in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
This year the tournament will take place at the Greyhawk Golf Club on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 with check-in and lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.
About The Tournament
In 2004, the Herman Hansen Memorial Golf Tournament was founded in memory of Ed’s father Herman Hansen, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2001 and then sadly passed away in August 2003. It is our goal to raise money and awareness in support of the ongoing work of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
After 18 years the tournament and “Drive” events have raised just over $360,000 and we are back again this year to raise even more!
This year’s tournament is brought to you by Gifford Carr Insurance Group, Ed Hansen of Hansen Lawn and Gardens Inc., Steven Lacroix of A. Lacroix Heavy Equipment Rentals, Jim Hill of Travel with Jim and Steve, Duane Francis of Mandeville Private Client Inc. and Eric Gill of Pro Printers.
About The Cancer Foundation
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is dedicated to increasing cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario by working to fill the gaps in services for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Foundation partners with local organizations and hospitals to ensure residents have the best care close to home, shorter wait times for diagnosis and treatment, access to research and the latest new therapies and overall improved quality of life. For more information on the ORCF please visit: www.ottawacancer.ca