Romina Maurino has spent more than 10 years covering business, news and politics at major news organizations in Toronto. During her tenure at The Canadian Press, she wrote about everything from investing and personal finance to auto sector and the economic downturn. She continues working to help people gain a better understanding of their finances as a freelance journalist, and is also a Contributing Editor with The Financial Pipeline.
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UNPRI: Guidelines for responsible investing

UNPRI: Guidelines for responsible investing

UNPRI: Guidelines for responsible investing

Why are so many funds signing up for the UNPRI? The UNPRI is a set of guidelines meant to encourage responsible investing
The rise of ESG investing

The rise of ESG investing

The rise of ESG investing

Why is ESG investing so popular? It adds an extra component to the risk/return equation, asking investors to also consider the impact of their choices.
WTF is ESG investing?

WTF is ESG investing?

WTF is ESG investing?

Environmental, social and governance investing, or ESG investing, is becoming increasingly important to shareholders, but WTF is it?
How to spot a recession

How to spot a recession

How to spot a recession

October can be a scary month for markets, so when you think you spot a recession lurking, it’s important to keep them in perspective. Talk of crises and recessions can give anyone a fright, but markets naturally rise and fall – and it takes more than a slowdown to create a full-blown crash
Should you invest in pot stocks?

Should you invest in pot stocks?

Should you invest in pot stocks?

Proceed with caution when investing in growth stocks like cannabis aka pot stocks. Investing in pot stocks may be all the rage leading into legalization, but like any other growth stock, they should be approached with caution.
What’s SOFR?

What’s SOFR?

What’s SOFR?

SOFR is meant to provide more transparency and depth than LIBOR.The LIBOR alternative is based on actual transactions from a bigger pool to address the problems that led to a 2012 scandal
How to keep your income property from taking over your life

How to keep your income property from taking over your life

How to keep your income property from taking over your life

Do the right math to make sure your income property doesn’t take more than it gives. Renting out a home or condo can be a great way to have some passive income – but do your due diligence to avoid surprises.
What’s my return on an investment property?

What’s my return on an investment property?

What’s my return on an investment property?

Look beyond monthly cash flow when evaluating the return of an investment property. Rental properties can be a great investment – if you do the right math.
Invest in your future while paying rent

Invest in your future while paying rent

Invest in your future while paying rent

You can make your rent payments work for you if you do it right. Paying rent can seem like a waste of money, but there are ways to make renting more rewarding if you look at it as a way to save or earn some extra reward points.
Six questions every landlord wants answered, but is too afraid to ask

Six questions every landlord wants answered, but is too afraid to ask

Six questions every landlord wants answered, but is too afraid to ask

If you’re a landlord, here are the top questions you need answered. Six things every landlord needs to know before taking on tenants.
What’s the Ontario Standard Lease and how does it help tenants?

What’s the Ontario Standard Lease and how does it help tenants?

What’s the Ontario Standard Lease and how does it help tenants?

Landlord tenant agreements can be confusing, but the Ontario Standard Lease is helping renters understand their rights, and keep everyone on the same page.
How to avoid bad tenants

How to avoid bad tenants

How to avoid bad tenants

Taking a few extra steps can ensure your rental dreams don’t become a nightmare. Tenants can make or break your income property plans – here are some tips to find the good ones
What to consider before buying an income property

What to consider before buying an income property

What to consider before buying an income property

Location, return and tenant headaches – what you need to know before buying an income property. An income property can provide a side income and long-tern investment – as long as you do it right.
What are yields?

What are yields?

What are yields?

Yields tell you how much money you’ll make off a bond.Yields are important because they help you figure out how much you’ll earn off a bond, and can be used to compare value.
Why is my bond fund down?

Why is my bond fund down?

Why is my bond fund down?

Rising yields and interest rates can send the value of a bond fund down. If you invested in bonds to avoid market turmoil, higher interest rates and yields may bring a bit of a shock. But while no investment in completely risk-free, there are ways to ride out a rising yields storm.
What’s LIBOR?

What’s LIBOR?

What’s LIBOR?

LIBOR is the key measure for pricing everything from mortgages to derivatives worldwide - but after a rate manipulation scandal, it's set to be replaced
What are CDOR and CORRA?

What are CDOR and CORRA?

What are CDOR and CORRA?

Banks use certain yardsticks to figure out what rate to lend money off - and two of its key benchmarks are CDOR and CORRA.
Don’t let FOMO lead you into a bitcoin bubble

Don’t let FOMO lead you into a bitcoin bubble

Don’t let FOMO lead you into a bitcoin bubble

Still think bitcoin will make you rich? History suggests caution.
Why Blockchain is here to stay

Why Blockchain is here to stay

Why Blockchain is here to stay

Blockchain will continue to shape the financial industry no matter what currency reigns supreme.
What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin?

Should you give in to bitcoin’s siren call? Bitcoin’s popularity makes it hard for investors to resist the urge to jump into the much-hyped cryptocurrency. But what’s bitcoin really about, and is it a good idea?
Three things people get wrong about trickle-down economics

Three things people get wrong about trickle-down economics

Three things people get wrong about trickle-down economics

The trickle doesn't always reach all the way down with supply-side economics.
How Do We Increase Liquidity in the Canadian Bond Market?

How Do We Increase Liquidity in the Canadian Bond Market?

How Do We Increase Liquidity in the Canadian Bond Market?

Is action needed to boost liquidity in the Canadian Bond market?
Walt Disney Joins Growing List of Companies Issuing Maple Bonds

Walt Disney Joins Growing List of Companies Issuing Maple Bonds

Walt Disney Joins Growing List of Companies Issuing Maple Bonds

Walt Disney looks to diversify investors with $1.25 billion maple deal CAD.
Why Apple Took a $2.5 Billion Dollar Step into Canada

Why Apple Took a $2.5 Billion Dollar Step into Canada

Why Apple Took a $2.5 Billion Dollar Step into Canada

How Apple’s $2.5 Billion Issuance May Change the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

How Apple’s $2.5 Billion Issuance May Change the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

How Apple’s $2.5 Billion Issuance May Change the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

More foreign issuers likely to come to Canada following a flurry of activity in 2017.
How deals are made in the fixed income market?

How deals are made in the fixed income market?

How deals are made in the fixed income market?

fixed income market
Bond deal/Issuing Bonds: How does it go down?

Bond deal/Issuing Bonds: How does it go down?

Bond deal/Issuing Bonds: How does it go down?

Why Do Canadian Companies Raise Money Abroad?

Why Do Canadian Companies Raise Money Abroad?

Why Do Canadian Companies Raise Money Abroad?

Diversification key benefit of issuing abroad
What Is the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

What Is the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

What Is the Canadian Corporate Bond Market

When larger Canadian companies need to a loan, they access Canadian corporate bond market. Find out more about what is the Canadian corporate bond market.
Why Do American Companies Raise Money in Canada?

Why Do American Companies Raise Money in Canada?

Why Do American Companies Raise Money in Canada?

American companies come to the Canadian Market to borrow money, AKA 'raising money', for specific reasons.
What Is a Maple Bond?

What Is a Maple Bond?

What Is a Maple Bond?

Maple bond is the outsiders' way into Canada’s debt markets.
What Boosts Interest in the Maple Market?

What Boosts Interest in the Maple Market?

What Boosts Interest in the Maple Market?

Maple market sees new growth on the right mix of pricing and demand
Top Dividend Tax Credit Questions

Top Dividend Tax Credit Questions

Top Dividend Tax Credit Questions

The dividend tax credit gives investors a tax break on eligible investment income, but it’s most effective at certain tax brackets.
What Are Rate Reset Preferred Shares?

What Are Rate Reset Preferred Shares?

What Are Rate Reset Preferred Shares?

Rate reset preferred shares allow you to choose between two rate options every five years.
What Are The Causes Of Inflation?

What Are The Causes Of Inflation?

What Are The Causes Of Inflation?

What are the causes of inflation, and how much should you worry when it changes?
What are Share Buybacks?

What are Share Buybacks?

What are Share Buybacks?

Share buybacks can help investors take some profit, but they must be done for the right reasons
Explained: Top Canadian Retirement Planning Vehicles

Explained: Top Canadian Retirement Planning Vehicles

Explained: Top Canadian Retirement Planning Vehicles

What are the best retirement planning options for me?
Personal Pension Plans

Personal Pension Plans

Personal Pension Plans

Personal Pension Plans let business owners and incorporated professionals save while lowering taxes
Insurance Can Make Sure Your Loved Ones – Not the Taxman – Get Your Inheritance

Insurance Can Make Sure Your Loved Ones – Not the Taxman – Get Your Inheritance

Insurance Can Make Sure Your Loved Ones – Not the Taxman – Get Your Inheritance

A life insurance policy can be a safe and effective way to grow – and gift - your money tax-free
Tax Benefits of Stock Donation In-Kind

Tax Benefits of Stock Donation In-Kind

Tax Benefits of Stock Donation In-Kind

An in-kind donation of stock instead of cash can increase your gift – and lower taxable income.
Year-End Financial Checklist

Year-End Financial Checklist

Year-End Financial Checklist

Taking the time to look at your investments at year-end can lead to tax savings
Negative Interest Rates Are Meant to Stimulate The Economy – But They are a Last Resort

Negative Interest Rates Are Meant to Stimulate The Economy – But They are a Last Resort

Negative Interest Rates Are Meant to Stimulate The Economy – But They are a Last Resort

Negative interest rates are used to stimulate the economy when other tools have failed, but their success rate is yet to be determined.
Fintech’s Reach Into Bond Markets Promises More Transparency and Efficiency

Fintech’s Reach Into Bond Markets Promises More Transparency and Efficiency

Fintech’s Reach Into Bond Markets Promises More Transparency and Efficiency

Fintech is looking to connect players in the fixed-income markets by bringing bond origination online
Why Do I Pay Taxes When My Fund’s NAV Falls?

Why Do I Pay Taxes When My Fund’s NAV Falls?

Why Do I Pay Taxes When My Fund’s NAV Falls?

Why do I have to pay taxes when my fund’s net asset value is down?
What’s Alternative Finance?

What’s Alternative Finance?

What’s Alternative Finance?

Start-ups have lots of options to raise funds through alternative finance sources such as crowdfunding, third-party loans and grants
What’s Involved in Being a Venture Capitalist?

What’s Involved in Being a Venture Capitalist?

What’s Involved in Being a Venture Capitalist?

Venture capitalist is an exciting career field – but theirs is not a field without challenges.
What’s Fintech?

What’s Fintech?

What’s Fintech?

Financial literacy and efficiency among key benefits of developments around financial technology.
What’s a Mortgage Broker and When Should I Use One?

What’s a Mortgage Broker and When Should I Use One?

What’s a Mortgage Broker and When Should I Use One?

A mortgage broker can be a helpful ally as you hunt for the best loan options .
Considerations For Refinancing Your Mortgage Amid Low Rates

Considerations For Refinancing Your Mortgage Amid Low Rates

Considerations For Refinancing Your Mortgage Amid Low Rates

Refinancing your mortgage can give you a better rate and more credit – but you need to think about the big picture before you agree to new terms.
Top Things to Consider Before Selling a Business

Top Things to Consider Before Selling a Business

Top Things to Consider Before Selling a Business

There’s a lot more to selling a business than finding a willing buyer – plan ahead to make sure you’re ready
Surviving Bidding Wars

Surviving Bidding Wars

Surviving Bidding Wars

Bidding wars can be emotionally and financially draining - so it’s best to know what you’re getting into
Charitable Contributions Can Make a Difference – and Ease Your Tax Burden

Charitable Contributions Can Make a Difference – and Ease Your Tax Burden

Charitable Contributions Can Make a Difference – and Ease Your Tax Burden

Donating to charity is a great way to lower your tax bill while making charitable contributions to a cause you believe in.
What You Need To Know To Get The Best Tax Rebate

What You Need To Know To Get The Best Tax Rebate

What You Need To Know To Get The Best Tax Rebate

Preparation and a little tax knowledge will go a long way toward getting a good tax rebate.
Why Does Behavioral Finance Happen?

Why Does Behavioral Finance Happen?

Why Does Behavioral Finance Happen?

John Coates’ book, The Hour Between the Dog and the Wolf, explains the science behind behavioral finance and describes why an investor’s own behavior is often a roadblock to success.
What’s a Robo Advisor?

What’s a Robo Advisor?

What’s a Robo Advisor?

Robo advisor's can help you manage your money online – but they’re not without drawbacks.
What’s Behavioral Finance?

What’s Behavioral Finance?

What’s Behavioral Finance?

Investor behavior can be one of the biggest roadblocks to investment success, so take the time to understand behavioral finance - and yourself.
Why Does a Low Canadian Loonie Make Groceries Expensive?

Why Does a Low Canadian Loonie Make Groceries Expensive?

Why Does a Low Canadian Loonie Make Groceries Expensive?

A lower Canadian loonie can mean higher grocery bills – but there are ways to sidestep them.
Retirement Plans For Small Business Owners

Retirement Plans For Small Business Owners

Retirement Plans For Small Business Owners

Diversify pension planning to ensure proper retirement plans for small business owners.
Rate Reset Preferred Shares: Go Fixed or Floating?

Rate Reset Preferred Shares: Go Fixed or Floating?

Rate Reset Preferred Shares: Go Fixed or Floating?

Whether you decide to go fixed or floating with your rate reset preferred shares largely depends on your interest rate outlook
What Is An IPO And Is It Ever a Good Idea To Invest In One?

What Is An IPO And Is It Ever a Good Idea To Invest In One?

What Is An IPO And Is It Ever a Good Idea To Invest In One?

Initial public offerings or IPO can give you access to a new stock, but as an individual investor, you’re unlikely to get the allocation – or payoff – you’re hoping for.
Investment Tax Strategies

Investment Tax Strategies

Investment Tax Strategies

Proper tax planning can ensure you get the most return out of your investments.
Four Ways Interest Rate Changes Affect You

Four Ways Interest Rate Changes Affect You

Four Ways Interest Rate Changes Affect You

Rate changes by central banks can have a real impact for people when it comes to mortgage payments, debt and investing.
What is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

What is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

What is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

The central bank of the United States makes key decisions about interest rates and works to keep the economy stable.
Investing At Different Wealth Levels

Investing At Different Wealth Levels

Investing At Different Wealth Levels

Knowing where you fit in the wealth spectrum will help you target the right kind of money manager – and save you both a lot of time and effort.
What’s the Canada Pension Plan?

What’s the Canada Pension Plan?

What’s the Canada Pension Plan?

The Canada Pension Plan will provide some retirement income, but it should only be one piece of your pension puzzle.
What Is a Bond Index?

What Is a Bond Index?

What Is a Bond Index?

Buying into a bond index may seem like a safe way to wade into the over-the-counter market, but investors should be aware of possible pitfalls.
Summary: What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

Summary: What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

Summary: What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

The impact of rising rates on bonds can be confusing to many. Bond prices have an inverse relationship to interest rates, which means that when interest rates rise and bond yields go up, bond prices fall.
What is a Preferred Shares ETF?

What is a Preferred Shares ETF?

What is a Preferred Shares ETF?

A Preferred Shares ETF can give you simplicity and diversification, as well as a little expert help.
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