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Understanding the Canada-U.S. Totalization Agreement

April 10, 2019
Many Canadians and Americans face the reality of a career that spans both sides of the 49th parallel. Amidst an era of globalization, it is common for promotions to create cross border opportunities and for company restructurings to force a long-term cross border move. The result of having a career on both sides of the

Managing Exchange Rate Risk

April 4, 2019
Where do you see the exchange rate going? This is a common question amongst our client base, many of whom enjoy a cross border lifestyle.  In fact, as Americans living in Canada may have noticed, the exchange rate is right up there with hockey and the weather in Canada’s national conversation. The trouble is, accurately

Cross Border Retirement Income: Canada Pension Plans, Canadian Old Age Security, U.S. Social Security and the Windfall Elimination Provision

March 21, 2019
Calling all eligible benefit holders of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Canadian Old Age Security (OAS) and U.S. Social Security (SS)… Does your or your spouse’s story narrate a history of employment in both Canada and the U.S.? If so, you may have the privilege of drawing from SS, OAS and CPP. The confusion lies

Terry Ritchie in “Weak loonie, competition from U.S. home buyers work against Canadian snowbirds”

February 7, 2019
In past years, with a strong Canadian dollar, Canadian Snowbirds were able to pick up investment properties or vacation homes in popular locations such as Arizona, California and Florida. With a softer Canadian dollar, snowbirds are finding some competition for these types of homes. Cardinal Point Capital Management’s Terry Ritchie discusses the current state of

Terry Ritchie in “Yes, you can buy your way into U.S. citizenship”

January 24, 2019
For Canadians looking to move to the U.S. permanently, one increasingly popular option is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. This program, created by Congress in 1990, is known as the “million dollar green card” and offers a green card and a path to citizenship for an investment of between $500,000 and $1 million USD. Conditions

Cross Border Transition Planning – RESPs

January 16, 2019
“How do I move my financial life to another country?” It’s a question we hear from many clients as they begin making a cross-border transition. When you are making the move to the U.S., you want to transition your finances smoothly and seamlessly while saving time, headaches, and every dollar you possibly can. Much like

Cross-border Canadian Departure Checklist when moving to the U.S.

January 3, 2019
Canadians become permanent residents of the U.S. for many personal and professional reasons. Prior to a move, it’s important to be organized and understand that significant differences exist between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to cross-border financial planning and investment matters. The following actionable items should be considered when cross-border transition planning from

All for Naught?

December 20, 2018
As we approach the end of the year, it’s natural to take stock of how everything in our life is going: family, health, wealth and more. But when we reflect back, we may find that our wealth, at least that part which is tied to the stocks markets, probably hasn’t performed all that well in

An Income Tax Comparison: Moving from Ontario to Florida

December 13, 2018
While many people are drawn to Florida for its endless sunshine and warm nights, when examining the tax environment between Canada and Florida, the argument in favor of moving south becomes even more compelling. In this blog, we will examine the tax rates for a Canadian province (Ontario) and a sunshine state (Florida) from the

Cardinal Point Featured at CFA SF Society Event

December 10, 2018
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