Archive for the ‘Competitive Intelligence’ Category

Bank loan funds’ mislabeling masks increasing risks

By Dan Hallett on January 16th, 2020

Razor-thin interest rates have motivated investors to reach for extra returns for years. Accordingly, many investors have invested in investment funds holding bank loans – a.k.a. senior secured loans, leveraged loans, term loans, floating rate...

Cryptocurrency: A Tool for Speculation, Not Investment

By Dan Hallett on December 5th, 2019

I have often criticized the investment industry for pumping out products designed to sell, rather than build, wealth for investors, and have worked to raise investor awareness of how gimmicky products destroy wealth. The battle against such products...

Do Dividend-Paying Stocks Offer Bear Market Protection?

By Dan Hallett on September 12th, 2019

There is a lot to like about dividend-paying stocks. Dividends generally follow earnings, and are cold hard evidence of earnings’ existence. In Canada, this infatuation with dividend-payers is compounded by our love of bank and utility stocks, and...

Utilizing Investment for Impact

By Loren Francis on July 18th, 2019

Whether saving for a rainy day or creating wealth for the benefit of the next generation, investing by its nature is about the future.  At HighView we take a goals-based investment approach, and as wealth architects, we look to design an investment...

21 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR

By Mark Barnicutt on June 28th, 2019

When families have built wealth over years or decades, and in particular when that wealth was largely due to an event such as the sale of a business, their attention quickly turns to getting peace of mind knowing that their wealth is protected. This...

Ontario Government’s Opposition to Client-Friendly Proposals Leaves Many Questions

By Dan Hallett on October 2nd, 2018

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli recently issued a statement stating that his government does not support the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) proposals published on June 21, 2018. The proposals recommend – in a nutshell –...

The 5 Elements That Determine Whether a Financial Advisor Is a True Fiduciary (According to Canadian Courts)

By Mark Barnicutt on September 18th, 2018

“In a client’s best interests” is a phrase heard often in the financial industry. While many investment advisors simply talk about this concept, fiduciary financial advisors have a moral and ethical duty to live up to it. So what makes a...

Why Do I Need an Investment “Fiduciary”?

By Mark Barnicutt on October 17th, 2017

A true investment fiduciary is all about putting the client’s interests first. Too many investment advisors only pay lip service to the idea of “putting the investor first”; a true fiduciary has a legal and ethical responsibility to live up to...

The Investment Industry Owes Its Clients Better Treatment

By Dan Hallett on July 28th, 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators launched a lengthy consultation period in January on their proposal to eliminate embedded commissions – i.e. commissions paid to those selling investment products that are built into the product’s price or...

HighView Financial Group Joins the Responsible Investment Association

By Loren Francis on May 29th, 2017

The Responsible Investment Association (“RIA”) and HighView Financial Group announced today that HighView has joined the RIA as an Associate Member. “We are very pleased to welcome HighView Financial Group as an Associate Member of the...

See Beyond

Receive Market Commentary + Stewardship Insights.