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‘Tis the season for tax-loss selling


December 5, 2018
Subject | ETFs | Invesco | Tax & Estate

As the year-end approaches, many investors with taxable accounts may be seeking to dispose of securities that have lost money. The strategy of tax-loss selling allows the investor to claim a capital loss, which offsets capital gains for the current year. Any unused net capital losses can then be applied against taxable capital gains in any of the three preceding years, or carried forward indefinitely to future years. To realize capital gains and losses in 2018, trades must be executed by Thursday, December 27 to ensure settlement by Monday, December 31, the last business day of 2018.

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Want to build smart cities? Then we need a new infrastructure financing model


November 30, 2018
Subject | Industry views | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

What comes to mind when you hear the term “smart city”? It might be a clean and safe space where people and places are connected by digital technology. Or a place where self-driving cars take us around and pollution is a thing of the past. We all have a vision of what a smart city should be – but for most of us what we imagine is far removed from the cities we actually inhabit, with clogged roads, smoggy days, and outdated infrastructure.

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Managing interest rate concerns


March 16, 2018
Subject | Smart beta

February’s increased volatility impacted both equities and fixed income, reminding all investors of the havoc that shifting interest rates can have on their portfolios. The correction occurred as U.S. bond yields headed higher, signaling a sell-off in the debt markets while also making equities less appealing.

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Supplementing bonds with quality dividends


November 24, 2017
Subject | ETFs

For income investors, the recent uptick in short-term interest rates served as a reminder that their bond portfolios remain vulnerable to risk. Rising interest rates tend to erode the value of a bond portfolio, leaving investors vulnerable to declines in portion of their portfolio which is supposed to be relatively safe.

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Canadian small business tax reform, the road until now


October 27, 2017
Subject | Tax & Estate

On July 18, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada released a consultation paper and draft legislation on the use of various tax-planning strategies through private corporations (otherwise referred to as Canadian small businesses). During the consultation period, which ended on October 2, 2017, the public was given the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes. The Government received an astounding 21,000 submissions during this period. Further changes to the proposals were announced in October 2017 (see below) through to the Fall Economic Statement released on October 24, 2017. Below is an updated summary of the proposals.

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Q&A: What is factor investing?


February 28, 2017
Subject | ETFs | Smart beta

Factor investing has attracted a lot of attention from investors and media recently, but its roots can be traced back to the 1960s. As innovators in the factor-investing space, we believe in pushing the boundaries of portfolio construction with factor-based methodologies that go beyond traditional indices, allowing investors to target specific risk/return objectives with more precise portfolio-building tools.

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Q&A: How are Canadian advisors using low volatility in portfolios?


October 12, 2016
Subject | ETFs | Institutional | Smart beta

We hosted two experts from S&P Dow Jones Indices for an in-depth conversation about low-volatility as an investment factor. In this final installment of the interview, we discuss different advisor views on low volatility, how it pairs with other factors and how it can be used in portfolios.

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Q&A: Are all low-volatility strategies the same?


August 31, 2016
Subject | ETFs | Smart beta

As market volatility continues unabated, investors across the globe are seeking out tools, strategies and solutions to reduce their overall risk while still reaping the rewards that equity investing can provide. Low-volatility strategies have become valuable tools for many investors and advisors, but are all low-volatility strategies created equal?

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Sell in May and go away? Maybe not


June 3, 2016
Subject | ETFs | Institutional | Smart beta

“Sell in May and go away” is a well-known market adage that warns investors to sell their equity holdings in May to avoid the typically volatile May-to-October period. Historically, stocks have underperformed in this six-month (“unfavourable”) period, compared to the six-month (“favourable”) period from November through April.

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