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Fear of stock market leaves couple’s $1.94 million in assets earning negative returns

<b>Situation:</b> Couple near retirement has all financial assets in GICs and cash earning less than inflation<p><b>Solution:</b> Raise returns with guaranteed …

The best Bluetooth speaker to buy right now

Big sound, on the go<p>With each passing year, the portable Bluetooth speaker category gets better options at lower prices. What used to be a $200 purchase if you wanted the best of the best is now almost half as expensive, making these gadgets more accessible than ever before. With advances in …

Shopping

The Speaker Shack

What an amazing first day at the HiFi Show Live 2017, incredible sounds from a variety of systems with a full report to follow, but first let's see …

Don’t let a juicy yield distract you from overall returns, even in retirement

You’re getting ready to retire. For decades, you’ve been making contributions to your RRSP and TFSA with the purpose of building up a nest egg. …

Can wireless audio quality finally match wired? We tested the latest, AptX HD

Listening to music with Bluetooth headphones connected to your phone is convenient, but wireless headphones can never compete with a great set of …

Audiophile

How People with Different Conflict Styles Can Work Together

When it comes to conflict, most of us have a default approach: we either tend to avoid it or seek it out. The avoiders among us shy away from disagreements, value harmony and positive relationships, and will often try to placate people or even change the topic. Avoiders don’t want to hurt anyone’s …

InterAct

Keeping Your Strategy Meetings Focused on the Long Term

Mauricio is president of the European operation for a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm, and his firm has had its trials lately. The company recently took a hit on the stock market. One of its major suppliers is under an ethics investigation resulting in significant delays. And a very visible …

Management

Book giveaway for Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel Jul 27-Aug 15, 2017

"The rarest of business books that teaches decision-makers how to think, not what to think. I found it superb and wholly original." - Malcolm Gladwell

When Employees Think the Boss Is Unfair, They’re More Likely to Disengage and Leave

Corporate America is spending enormous sums of money on unconscious bias awareness training. But there’s little evidence that these training programs succeed in reducing bias — perhaps because there’s little evidence that unconscious bias correlates with actual biased behavior. And despite the …

The Workplace

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

Management

Want To Become A Better Leader At Work? Try Spending Less Time In The Office

Conventional wisdom has it that the more time you spend in the office, the faster you’ll climb the corporate ladder. But what if spending time on other aspects of your life could make you a better leader?<p>Stewart Friedman, a professor of management at the Wharton School of Business at the University …

University of Pennsylvania

What to Do When You’re Returning to a Company You Used to Work For

The idea of boomerang employees — workers who voluntarily leave a job at an organization and then rejoin that same organization at a later date — is gaining more and more acceptance from hiring managers and in the labor force. If you’re one of these employees, how should you handle your comeback? …

San Francisco

The Personality Traits of Good Negotiators

Although there are hundreds of books about how to negotiate more effectively, the advice they offer is often difficult to apply, for three reasons. First, there are just too many contextual specificities underpinning each negotiation, such that one size does not fit all. Second, the effectiveness …

Psychology

Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed …

Management

How to Work with Someone Who’s Always Stressed Out

We all know people who seem to be constantly stressed out — who claim to be buried in work, overloaded with projects, and without a minute to spare. Colleagues like that can be difficult to work with, but you probably don’t have a choice. How do you deal with coworkers who can’t handle stress? …

Self-help

How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

One of the most exciting and — sometimes anxiety-producing transitions in a career — comes when you move from being an individual contributor to becoming a manager. At this juncture, <i>what you think, what you say, and how you show up —</i> in effect, your leadership presence — can have a direct impact on …

Leadership

Three Questions to Advance Your Career

In most organizations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in …

Management

Why women (especially) should delay taking CPP

Women have good reason to worry about retirement finances – they tend to live longer than men, have lower pensions and are more likely to become widowed and need long-term care. That means that for women, in particular, delaying the start of taking their Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement …

Retirement

Why it's tough to be Buffett, how to retire comfortably off a TFSA, and a reality check on GIC rates

Financial literacy is like diet books in that everyone at this point knows the rules more or less, but have trouble following them when it's most important. Morgan Housel presented an excellent example of this in a recent column,<p>"Take Warren Buffett's 2008 investments in several banks. Looks easy …

Investing

An investor with a unique look at diversification

<b>Andrea Thompson</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Senior financial planner at Raymond James in Toronto<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Most of her investments are in mutual funds and ETFs, including two hedge funds. She also owns individual stocks such as Shopify Inc., Open Text Corp., and Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corp., as well as …

Investing

How to Handle a Disagreement on Your Team

When you manage a team of people, you can’t always ensure that they’ll get along. Given competing interests, needs, and agendas, you might even have two people who vehemently disagree. What’s your role as the boss in a situation like this? Should you get involved or leave them to solve their own …

Management

Business school: Executive courses ranking, Michelin’s revolution

<i>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT</i> …

Education

Behavioral Job Interview Tips: How to Prepare and Succeed | The Art of Manliness

Job interviews can be nerve-racking. You have one shot to convince a potential employer that they should hire you instead of dozens (and maybe …

Gordon Pape: My Buy and Hold Portfolio has enjoyed 13% annual growth

If you're an invest-it-and-forget-it person, this Buy and Hold Portfolio is for you. It was created in June 2012 so we are currently celebrating its fifth anniversary. The portfolio contains a bond ETF and a mix of Canadian and U.S. stocks, which will rarely change.<p>On the equity side, I focus on …

Investing

Why investors must look to the future, a gold stock to avoid, and what really is a realistic rate of return

Value manager Charles Brandes once said that 'what growth managers pay in valuations, we pay in time" and this remains one of my favourite investment quotes. In a recent (highly recommended) podcast with FT Alphaville's Cardiff Garcia, George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen …

Business (Canada)

Three lower-risk REITs with rising payouts

<i>John Heinzl is the dividend investor for Globe Investor's</i> Strategy Lab<i>. Follow his contributions</i> here<i>. You can see his</i> model portfolio here<i>.</i><p>Real estate investment trusts deserve a spot in every well-balanced investment portfolio. They own assets that typically rise in value, offer above-average …

Investing

Time to get over our squeamishness about reverse mortgages

There's still one notable example of the old Canadian conservatism with money.<p>It's the reluctance of retired people to crack open the equity they have in their homes and spend the money. Strong growth in demand for reverse mortgages suggests this won't last.<p>Our less cautious attitude to money can …

Mortgages

How to De-Escalate an Argument with a Coworker

During a conversation with a colleague, you stop following what he’s saying, and focus on how red his face is, as he yells at you about what’s wrong with your proposal. When you tune back in, you hear him scream, “It’s a one-sided, shortsighted approach that shows no respect for my team’s input!” …

Self-help

Exclusive interview with Warren Buffett: ‘I always have been enthusiastic on Canada’

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. came to the aid of Home Capital Group Inc. this week, signing an agreement to inject up to $400-million in equity into the distressed mortgage company. The deal allows the famous investor to buy an initial stake of almost 20 per cent in Home – and, if …

Investing

Think you can do better than 5% annual returns? Some brilliant minds say no way

My father was fond of remarking that a man who has low expectations can never be disappointed. I prefer to think that he did not mean this remark as a reflection upon his experience as a parent, but rather as an investing tip.<p>It's a tip that has special relevance these days, with interest rates …

Investing