EBook: The Health Savings Account in a Canada-U.S. Context
A good savings or investment account allows you to avoid tax on contributions, income, and distribution. Not all available options meet these goals. For Americans living in the U.S., the Health Savings Account (HSA) does, in certain circumstances. For Americans living in Canada, though, the HSA’s benefits disappear as contributions cannot continue and tax liability opens up in Canada for income in the plan. Similarly for Canadians living in the U.S., benefits cease for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs). Take a look at this e-book for more detail on the savings and investment plans available and see how they compare.
Infographic: Can A Foreign Spouse Claim U.S. Social Security?
In most cases, a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. resident spouse cannot receive U.S. Social Security spousal benefits if they live outside the U.S. for six consecutive months. But a foreign spouse who is a citizen or resident of Canada, among certain countries, can receive these benefits if certain rules are met. Read this infographic where [...]
For Canadians moving to the U.S., the options for their home are to sell it, to keep it as a secondary residence, or to rent it. Each has its pros and cons.
Choosing to rent creates tax and capital gains issues in Canada and in the U.S., ongoing tax filing requirements, and the need for a dependable local property manager. Decisions need to be made in a timely way to maximize available tax exemptions. It is complicated, but it may be a wise choice. Cardinal Point’s cross-border specialists can help you decide if it is right for your specific situation and then show you how to use the Canada/U.S. Tax Treaty provisions to your advantage.
Ebook: U.S. IRAs Can Be a Taxing Issue for Canadian Beneficiaries
A Canadian inheriting a U.S. IRA faces different tax implications than an inheritance in Canada would generate, namely, income tax and income withholding in the U.S. and income tax in Canada. It may be possible, though, for such a beneficiary to defer taxes in both countries by establishing an Inherited IRA account.
Social Security vs. Distributions in a Down Market
When markets decline, there can be a temptation to begin taking government retirement benefits (Social Security, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security) early to allow your portfolio time to recover. But there are a multitude of factors to consider in deciding, such as rate of return assumptions, life expectancy, spousal benefits, and how benefits will impact tax planning. Also, what you need to consider varies from one type of retirement benefits to another.
Ebook: Income Tax Implications of RRSP Withdrawals as a Non-Resident of Canada
There are many income tax implications to leaving Canada and establishing tax residency in the US. Ask Cardinal Point about its many publications on this topic. The tax issues become very complicated when a nonresident of Canada takes an early distribution of a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Cardinal Point, registered and licensed in Canada and the US, is well-positioned to provide financial, tax, and investment advice. Their approach is to manage investment and tax accounts on a Canada/US tax-effective basis, ensuring that Canadian withholding tax paid can be recovered over time.
Press Release: Pro Ice Management Group Team to Join Focus Partner Firm Cardinal Point
Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:FOCS) (“Focus”), a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, announced today that the team from Pro Ice Management Group Inc. (“Pro Ice”) will join Cardinal Point Capital Management ULC (“Cardinal Point”). The Pro Ice team is expected to join Cardinal Point in the third quarter of 2022.
Infographic: Canadian Expat – Selling Your Principal Residence
For individuals moving from Canada to the U. S. and planning to sell their Canadian home, there are different Canadian and U.S. tax implications. To avoid or minimize tax liability, specific criteria need to be met around the questions of whether tax residency is in Canada or U.S. when the sale occurs and if the home qualifies as a principal residence. If sold while still a Canadian tax resident, a status that can be maintained for a period beyond the moving date, exemptions apply. Additional compliance requirements need to be met when the property is sold by a U.S. tax resident.
For Canadian tax residents moving to another country, the Canadian Deemed Departure Tax has significant and complex ramifications that should be carefully considered. Advice in advance of a move from a qualified cross-border tax specialist and financial planner can reveal strategies to best prepare yourself for this tax, including possible exemptions and deferrals.
Moving from Canada to the U.S. – What you need to know Ebook
If you are considering moving from Canada to the US, you should plan well in advance—especially for financial and tax considerations. Residency is a key tax issue, and as it is not specifically defined but more inferred by the Canada Revenue Agency, extreme care must be taken to ensure compliance. Cardinal Point specializes in precisely these issues and can offer you a complete checklist of very specific actions to take as you move through this complicated process as well as expertise in both Canadian and US investment opportunities.
Perhaps you have your financial house in order for retirement. But have you thought through questions around how long and how well you will live when you’re retired? Non financial issues are often neglected, and yet they are often the ones with greater impact on your quality of life. Ask yourself these three seemingly simple questions. Your answers should guide you to a more satisfying retirement.
East Coast Taxes for Retired Divorced U.S. Citizen
Where is the right place to retire – Canada or USA? Which province or state? These are difficult questions with lots of factors to consider, many of which are personal. Taxes should not be the most important issue, but neither should it be ignored. Cardinal Point’s experts can guide you through the implications of each option you are considering.
There are a number of rules changes proposed by Congress that will impact retirement accounts. The changes will benefit US residents and also Canadians with IRAs and other retirement accounts. There are many ways this could be advantageous for you, possibly deferring tax or extending benefits. Cardinal Point, as the leading cross-border specialist, can show you how.
Infographic: Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption & Qualified Small Business Corporation
The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) is available to all Canadian residents and Americans living in Canada as a tax deduction on the sale of a Qualified Small Business Corporation (QSBC). It is indexed to inflation, and it can be used in part. Three tests must be met to claim an LCGE, and there are complicated regulations governing each of these.
Infographic: Cross-Border Implications of Holding a 529 Plan Infographic
Canadian families returning to Canada from the US must consider significant tax implications associated with any existing 529 Plans, including whether a Canadian higher education institution is eligible under the Plan. Also, there is the likelihood of new Canadian tax liability as well as the possibility the 529 may be deemed a resident trust. Transferring ownership of the 529 may avoid triggering new taxes.
West Coast Taxes for Retired Divorced U.S. Citizen
As cross-border financial and tax advisors, we are constantly being asked by clients as to where it is better to retire – Canada or the U.S.? Further, if Canada or the U.S., which provinces or states should be considered? This decision has endless personal factors, such as where your family and friends are located, accessibility [...]
US citizens who renounce citizenship or Green Card Holders who surrender their Green Cards may be subject to US Expatriation Tax. If you are considering this, it might be wise to seek advice about questions around citizenship, long-term residency, and Covered Expatriate status, as well as the required forms, applicable rules, and tests surrounding this tax. Cardinal Point has the answers to these complex issues and offers advice specific to your unique circumstances.
Cross-border Wealth Management – Canadian Residents with U.S. Real Property
For Canadians owning property in the US but with no residency or tax ties there, the question of how to pass such property on to their heirs is much more complex than they may think. A seemingly generous but in reality ill-advised decision can have massive negative financial implications. Relevant Canadian and US tax regulations, forms, and exemptions frequently change. Cross-border financial and tax expertise is needed to navigate here, and at Cardinal Point, we specialize in precisely these areas.
New E-Book: Options for U.S. IRA account holders when living in Canada
Few financial advisors are licensed or equipped to provide investment advice for American and Canadian cross-border clients, and there is a lot of bad counsel circulating at present. The best advice usually leads to a choice from three main options, but which one? Cardinal Point is an advisor firm that specializes in this area as it meets the highest industry standards and is licensed to manage investments in both countries.
While currency exchange is not recommended for speculation, many clients will need a different currency in the future. For them, fluctuations in currency exchange markets create opportunities to time conversions that need to be made eventually. However, there are numerous factors to consider beforehand, such as when the need will be, capital gains tax questions, historical averages, conversion costs, and availability of investment opportunities.
New E-Book: Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption & Qualified Small Business Corporation
The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) is available to all Canadian residents and Americans living in Canada as a tax deduction on the sale of a Qualified Small Business Corporation (QSBC). It is indexed to inflation, and it can be used in part. Three tests must be met to claim an LCGE, and there are complicated regulations governing each of these. There are implications regarding succession planning, and its benefits can be multiplied through use of family trusts. An LCGE can be a significant deduction, and Canadian or dual Canada/US tax residents need professional help devising a tax-efficient strategy.
CRA & IRS Administrative Issues Cross-Border Tax Filers Should Be Aware of
Administrative challenges inherent in the IRS and CRA create serious roadblocks to efficient tax filing for cross-border taxpayers. This is particularly true for Canadians claiming foreign tax credits on Canadian returns; they are often asked via a Review Letter from the CRA for a U.S. Tax Account Transcript. Because of severe IRA backlogs, obtaining this document can be difficult in the extreme, but Cardinal Point has had success arranging CRA filing extensions, thus avoiding undue tax and penalties.
New Ebook: Cross-Border Implications of Holding a 529 Plan
Many Canadians move for career opportunities to the U.S., work and raise families, and then plan to relocate back to Canada. A qualified tuition and educational savings plan for children (a 529 plan) is exempt from taxation in the U.S., in most cases even when a child attends a Canadian university. If you are a Canadian who is considering such a plan, and especially for anyone with an investment in a 529 plan who is moving back to Canada, clear expert advice from a cross-border financial specialist is a very prudent step.
Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption & Qualified Small Business Corporation
The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (“LCGE”) is a once-in-a-lifetime tax deduction that is available for every Canadian resident individual on up to $883,384 CAD (2020, and indexed to inflation on an annual basis) of capital gains realized on the sale of Qualified Small Business Corporation (“QSBC”) shares and certain other capital properties. In order to claim the LCGE, the capital gain must be realized by an individual, trust, or partnership (with the gain allocated to an individual) with an available LCGE balance.
Financial service providers who accept commission based on the investment vehicles they recommend are inherently conflicted. Cardinal Point’s only revenue source is fees directly paid by clients which places their interests ahead of our own. Cardinal Point advocates tighter regulation generally for investment advisors. There are also good reasons supporting proposed congressional bills to ban U.S. legislators from trading individual stocks. Existing laws are inadequate, and temptation to use nonpublic information for personal gain is high.
Infographic: Options for U.S. IRA account holders when living in Canada
Few financial advisors are licensed or equipped to provide investment advice for American and Canadian cross-border clients, and there is a lot of bad counsel circulating at present. The best advice usually leads to a choice from three main options, but which one?
One of the many ways for employers to compensate employees beyond salaries is via an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). Ensuring that you maximize the benefit of an ESPP while minimizing the tax burden is particularly important in cross-border tax situations.
ISOs capital management | Canadian vs U.S. Residency
In this article, we will focus on Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) granted to key employees. In an era of remote employment, a firm understanding of the tax implications is critical where cross-border circumstances exist.
Thorough retirement planning is about more than just finances. Sure, it’s important to have a large enough nest egg to support your desired lifestyle during those golden years. But where do you want to live? What do you want to do? Who do you want to do it with? In this blog post, I’ll help you explore the other details you need to consider before you make the transition from worker to retiree.
Rental and Sale of Your Canadian Home as a Non-Resident of Canada
If you’re a non-resident of Canada but are planning to rent out or sell a home you own within the country, you’ll face certain tax consequences. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the most common tax obligations associated with both rental and sale of a Canadian principal residence.
Good news on the tax front as the IRS lengthens life expectancies for its RMDs. The result of this may be an effective tax cut for you. If you are a US citizen or expat living in Canada, Cardinal Point Wealth Management can assist with complicated cross-border financial and tax planning.
If you’re a non-resident of Canada but receive income from sources within the country, you may still have Canadian tax obligations. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Part XIII and Part I tax laws and how they may apply to your situation.
Cardinal Point Wealth Management’s Terry Ritchie Featured on MDRT
Cardinal Point’s Vice President Terry Ritchie was recently featured in an article on MDRT, the website for the premier association of financial professionals. Check out the highlights in this blog post.
Financial planning doesn’t come with a crystal ball. No one—not even the best investment consultant—can say with absolute certainty how the market will move over a given period of time. We can, however, make predictions based on historical trends while diversifying the portfolios we manage in such a way as to capitalize on possible growth and mitigate potential loss. Learn more about how we do so in this article and explore our vision for the coming year.
Planning a move to Canada? Understand Canadian tax residency rules
Moving to Canada from the U.S. or any other country will have tax implications, which are often quite complex. Learn more about the way tax liability in Canada is determined and how this may impact you in this article.
Planning a move to the U.S.? Understand U.S. tax residency rules
Moving to the U.S. from Canada or any other country will have tax implications, which are often quite complex. Learn more about the way tax liability in the U.S. is determined and how this may impact you in this article.
Here we are again! We are almost at the end of the year and Congress is debating and tweaking a bill that would significantly change tax law. If implemented, these changes would have important implications for future tax years and there is planning that would need to be executed now for certain taxpayers. In this case, the year is 2021, and the bill is the 2,135 page Build Back Better Act (BBBA). The effective dates of the various tax measures are mostly for years starting after December 31, 2021.
Tax law in Canada was fairly stable in 2021 but Tax Brackets continue to creep up since they are indexed to inflation. The inflation factor was actually only 1% for 2021, so the changes to the brackets were minimal. The federal tax rates themselves did not change substantially.
December 2021 Income Tax Highlights for U.S. Citizens living in Canada
If you are a U.S. citizen living in Canada, you probably know that one of the responsibilities attached to United States citizenship is to file an annual income tax return reporting your worldwide income, unless you are under the filing threshold. You will also pay U.S. income taxes, to the extent they are not offset by foreign tax credits for taxes legally paid or payable to Canada – your country of Tax Residence.
Canadian ‘Change of Use’ Rules for Cross-Border Real Estate
When our clients move from Canada to the U.S. or vice versa, they often leave real estate behind. While some choose to sell their former residence, others want to convert it into a rental property. Whichever action they take, tax considerations must be made. Learn more about the Canadian ‘change of use’ rules that should influence these decisions in this article.
Cardinal Point Wealth Management’s own Matt Carvalho, Chief Investment Officer, was recently featured in a CityWire Canada article titled, “It’s not always this good: Advisors make the case for fixed income.” View the article
Does the Timing of Required Minimum Distributions Matter?
The answer is a resounding yes. If you’re 72 years of age or older and need to meet the minimum distribution requirements for your qualified retirement plans each year, several factors need to be considered when determining the best time to do so. Learn more about them in this blog post.
Cardinal Point to Join Focus as a New Partner Firm, Bringing Cross-Border Tax and Wealth Management Expertise to the Focus Partnership
Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FOCS) (“Focus”), a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, announced today that Cardinal Point Capital Management Inc. and Cardinal Point Wealth Management, LLC (together, “Cardinal Point”) have entered into a definitive agreement to join the Focus partnership. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to the receipt of regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
The British Columbia (BC) Speculation and Vacancy Tax
If you’ve been living in the US or elsewhere abroad and plan to purchase property in British Columbia in the future, you are going to encounter the SVT or BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax. Designed to address real estate affordability, the tax is imposed annually based on factors including residency status and where you derive and report your income. Learn more about the SVT and its complex cross-border implications in this article.
Combating Inflation Risk Within a Diversified Portfolio
If you have been paying any attention to economic news lately, you’ve likely been inundated with articles about inflation. While some economic media outlets are predicting sustained inflation over 3%, it is truly impossible for anyone to know what the future may hold. That is why our Investment Committee continuously meets to review market conditions and discuss any additions that may provide value to our client portfolios. Learn more about how we combat inflation risk with diversification in this article.
Structuring Options for a Canadian Owning U.S. Vacation Property
Home equity in Canada has significantly increased, and some Canadians are now thinking about purchasing vacation homes. Thanks to a favorable Canadian-to-U.S. dollar exchange rate, many of them are also considering the U.S. as the possible location of such vacation property. If you are among them, you need to consider your wealth structuring options before you make a purchase. Learn more in this article.
Terry Ritchie on Life and Retirement Traps for Cross-Border Clients
From dangerous assumptions and differing tax rules to inadequate health coverage and life insurance considerations, there are several common traps U.S. retirees moving to Canada may face without the guidance of a cross-border wealth manager. Terry Ritchie recently shared his insight into these traps with ThinkAdvisor, an online resource for financial and investment advisors.
The Health Savings Account in a Canada-U.S. Context
Everyone should save for retirement and rainy days. However, once you’ve established an emergency fund in a basic savings account, the decisions you’ll need to make about how to invest your money become more complex. This is doubly so if you’re moving from the U.S. to Canada or living cross-border. In this article, we’ll take a look at why health savings accounts (HSAs), which are tax friendly in the U.S., may not be as tax friendly in Canada.
The Importance of Neighborhood Choice When Moving Cross Border
With so many factors to consider when planning a move across the Canada/U.S. border, it is easy to neglect researching the history and ethnic diversity of the neighborhoods in which you may want to buy your new home. Learn more about why these details matter in this firsthand account of one family’s experience.
With recent headlines touting hidden bond risks, you may be wondering if you should be concerned about your bond holdings. In this piece we’ll take a look at why Cardinal Point views bonds as a means to provide stability in client portfolios and not an area of dramatic long-term risk.
Should You Consider a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
Whether you’re planning your own retirement or helping an older relative with his or her later-life decisions, a continuing care retirement community may be a good housing option. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the definition of continuing care, the various levels available, and other considerations to make when evaluating facilities.
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance Investing
Would you like to align your investments with your personal views? If so, ESG investing—also known as socially responsible investing or impact investing—may be for you. In this blog post, we’ll take a brief look at recent growth in this investing model as well as the various factors evaluated within it.
At present, only Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are permitted to enter the country. If you’re planning to move to Canada during this pandemic, you’ll need dual citizenship or to travel as the immediate or extended family member of a Canadian citizen. You’ll also have to follow specific protocols before and after entry into the country
Scott and Marie McFarland lived and worked in Canada for many years as well as in the U.S. for a time. They eventually retired to the United States, choosing the Sun Belt as their home. The McFarlands are not wealthy. However, they will gladly tell you that they feel rich.
Canada Non-Resident Planning: A Guide to Retirement Account Unlocking
Canada Non-Resident Planning: A Guide to Unlocking Your Retirement Account
Are you a former Canadian resident with a Canada-based retirement account or pension? If so, and you’ve permanently departed the country, you may be able to unlock these retirement savings. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various provincial rules surrounding this opportunity.
What You Need to Know About the Canada and U.S. Tax Treaty
Are you considered a taxpayer in both the U.S. and Canada? If so, a better understanding of the two countries’ income tax treaty—established in 1980—may help you minimize your tax burden. In this blog post, we dissect several examples of residency and the treaty’s implications.
From insurance policies to checking and saving accounts, loan payments, and other monthly bills, who will handle your assets and obligations should you die unexpectedly? If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that unpleasant surprises are always possible. Meeting annually with your spouse, significant other, or a trusted family member or friend to go over your financial and personal wishes can give you peace of mind in an otherwise uncertain world. Learn more about the details you should review in this article.
Do you have assets in two or more countries? If so, you’ll want to read this blog post about managing the different currencies in your portfolio. In it, you’ll learn more about Cardinal Point’s philosophy on currency hedging including considering your future income needs.
Estate Planning when moving from the U.S. to Quebec
If you’re a Canadian living in the U.S. or elsewhere in Canada and planning a return to your home province of Quebec, there are a number of factors you’ll need to consider including the ramifications of such a move on your current estate plan. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at differences between Common Law and Civil Law and how they relate to estate planning.
Gifting Strategy for U.S. Citizens with a Non-U.S. Citizen Spouse Planning a Relocation to Canada
There are notable instances where having a non-U.S. citizen spouse results in complications when it comes to tax and estate planning. For example, there is no estate tax marital deduction when the donee spouse is not a U.S. citizen unless a QDOT, a form of qualified domestic trust, is used. This QDOT structure is not an ideal planning structure in many situations.
It is estimated that over $11 trillion USD is indexed or benchmarked to the S&P 500 index, or what many investors consider ‘the market.’ However, while that index does capture a good chunk of the public stock market capitalization in the U.S., it omits the rest of the globe. The criteria by which companies are included—which involve a secret selection committee and very general guidelines—are also somewhat murky.
Matt Carvalho, CIO, was recently interviewed by ETF.com and discussed an ETF addition to our core broad market allocation. As a new year approaches, it’s a natural time to review your investments and make any necessary changes. If you think this may include adding additional ETFs to your portfolio, this article on the picks of […]
Should I Be Triggering Capital Gains Before December 31st?
As a result of COVID-19 and numerous other economic factors, the fiscal climate going into 2021 is relatively uncertain. Canada and the U.S., along with essentially every other country in the world, have significant government deficits to repay. There has been much talk about how this will be accomplished, and an increase to capital gain tax rates is a commonly referenced possible solution. The below outlines the current tax treatment of capital gains in Canada and the U.S., the appetite for change in each country, and a few questions to ask your financial planner about realizing capital gains before December 31, 2020.
Terry Ritchie on Sending Money Between the U.S. and Canada
BNN Bloomberg recently featured the expertise of Cardinal Point’s Partner and Director of Cross Border Wealth Services, Terry Ritchie, in an article on the costs and conveniences of sending money between the U.S. and Canada. Regularly splitting his time between Calgary and Phoenix, Arizona, Terry has decades of first-hand experience in cross border transfers. Topics [...]
529 plans are a popular U.S. higher education savings option. However, if you have any intention to move back to Canada in the future or think your child might choose to attend a college or university outside the U.S., you should consider the possible tax implications before investing in a 529 plan. Learn more about how these plans work and cross-border tax considerations in this article.
Moving Across the Border and Leaving Your Aging Parents Behind
The senior population—defined as those age 65 and older—is exploding in both the U.S. and Canada. If you’re planning a move across the border for work or retirement, it’s likely you have an aging family member or two to consider. In this article, we’ll explore the documents you need to have in order as well as other steps to take before you relocate away from the senior citizens you love.
What can Snowbirds do with their U.S. Vacation Property During the Pandemic?
Thanks to COVID-19, fleeing Canada’s winter will be impossible for many snowbirds this year. But what should you do with your U.S. vacation home when you’re unable to visit? From renting to selling, Cardinal Point Wealth Management’s Vice President, Terry Ritchie, shares his insight into associated tax implications in an article for The Globe and Mail.
Terry Ritchie in Podcast: Tax Implications for Americans Living in Canada
Minimizing liability when paying income taxes can be complicated for the nearly 1 million American citizens living in Canada. Terry Ritchie, Cardinal Point Wealth Management Vice President, recently shared his expertise on this topic with Financial Planning for Canadian Business Owners podcast host Jason Pereira. From the tax definition of U.S. resident and income tax filing requirements [...]
Canada – Can I Deduct Home Office Expenses During COVID-19?
Have you been working from home as a result of a stay-at-home order in your area during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you may be able to deduct related expenses from your 2020 Canadian personal income tax return. In this article, we will discuss specific qualifying conditions that must be met as well as eligible expenses and necessary supporting documentation.
Silver Linings – Financial Planning Opportunities During the Coronavirus Turmoil
As the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. While the past month has brought the steepest stock market correction in history along with unprecedented volatility, it has also created a number of positive opportunities for Cardinal Point clients. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few metaphorical silver linings including why our current economic environment is prime time for tax-loss harvesting, mortgage refinancing, and currency conversion.
Terry Ritchie on Unraveling Cross-Border Financial Planning
Snap Projections, a financial planning software company, recently featured Cardinal Point’s Partner and Director of Cross Border Wealth Services, Terry Ritchie, on their Growing Your Financial Advisory Practice podcast. Given Terry’s more than 30 years of experience in cross-border financial, investment, tax, and estate planning, it’s no surprise that Snap Projections chose to tap into his insight for this primer directed at financial planners who want to serve US-Canada clients.
Sweeping New Changes to U.S. Based Retirement Accounts in 2020
On December 20, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 – better known as the SECURE Act – was signed into law. This is the most extensive piece of retirement planning legislation passed in U.S. history. And although the legislation is not as broad as the U.S. income tax changes of [...]
Terry Ritchie featured in article, “Could cross-border partnerships be the key to serving ex-pat clients?”
In today’s increasingly mobile society, it’s not that unusual for people to give up residency in their nation of birth in order to work or retire in another country. In fact, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, there were an estimated 271,642,105 ex-pats around the world in 2019. But what does this globetrotting mean for the financial professionals who advise them?
We all know politics is an uncomfortable topic for many people. In fact, a recent research paper from the University of Nebraska found that politics was making Americans physically sick. According to the study, nearly 40% of Americans reported that they were stressed out by politics, while 20% said they were losing sleep over politics. In recent conversations with clients, politics is certainly on many people’s mind and is hard to avoid.
Cardinal Point Wealth Management Featured in ETF.com
Terry Ritchie, Director of Cross-Border Wealth Services, and Matt Carvalho, CIO, recently sat down with Lara Crigger at ETF.com and discussed some of the tricky aspects of moving abroad. When your expenses are in a different currency from your income, currency hedges and dollar-cost-averaging are normal ways to deal with uncertainties in global markets. But […]
My typical days the last 16 years may involve some combination of reading the latest academic research paper, running different scenarios of minor adjustments to a model portfolio or keeping tabs on the newest investment vehicles available to clients- all in the hopes of trying to eek out a few extra basis points of return. When this far in the weeds, it can be easy to forget the reasons we invest our money in the first place.
Health Insurance Options for Seniors Moving to the U.S.
One of the most important considerations for Canadians moving to the U.S. is health insurance. Coverage in the U.S. can be expensive, especially for those with pre-exisiting conditions. Find out how long it would take you to qualify for Medicare and what some of your other health care options are in the U.S.
Understanding the Canada-U.S. Totalization Agreement
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 […]
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
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”
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”
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 […]
“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.
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 […]
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 […]
Retirement Compensation Arrangements: Are They Right For You?
An RCA is perhaps the most effective and misunderstood tax deferment opportunity that exists in Canada today. It may be used for a wide range of situations, including small business owners, athletes, incorporated professionals, highly paid executives receiving yearly bonuses, and those approaching retirement. In 1986 it was recognized by the CRA that individuals not […]
Cardinal Point was founded with the idea of delivering an exceptional client experience and world class expertise to clients with Canada-U.S. cross-border financial planning considerations. Cardinal Point is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in the areas of capital preservation, tax planning, risk management, and delivery of long-term investment returns through varying economic […]
An Income Tax Comparison: Moving from Ontario to Florida
While many people are drawn to Florida for its endless sunshine and warm nights, the argument in favor of moving south becomes even more compelling when examining the tax environment between Canada and Florida. It will be moved from Ontario to Florida. In this blog, we will examine the tax rates for a Canadian province […]
Residents of Canada: Tax Ramifications of being forced to liquidate a U.S. retirement account
As mentioned in a previous article, many banks and brokerage firms are informing U.S. non-resident clients that they are no longer able to service their accounts and that their accounts have been restricted or even closed. In that same article, we outlined the following: U.S. citizens and Green Card holders who reside in Canada or […]
Diversification is the most important concept in investing, but also perhaps the least exciting. If anyone knew for sure exactly which one company or country would have the highest return in the coming year,- there would be no reason to hold anything else. But while being able to predict markets with any certainty sounds great in theory,- in practice nobody has been able to consistently outsmart the market. So what do you do if you can’t predict be the best performing stock or sector in the coming year? You diversify.
It’s common to hear about the long-term investment averages that we’ve all become accustomed to. Conventional wisdom says that over the long run stocks should earn something like 10% per year. And in that regard, the conventional wisdom is actually pretty good. Over the last 30 years through the end of 2017, the annualized return […]
Terry Ritchie featured in the Globe and Mail: Foreign Exchange
Terry Ritchie gives his insights and tips when dealing with foreign exchange options. From the Globe and Mail article: “I’m not a big fan of the banks,” said Terry Ritchie, a financial adviser who works both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. “They’re great for convenience. But if you can take the time and wait a […]
How a U.S. resident can receive tax-free alimony from a Canadian
While most people know that alimony is normally taxable income to the recipient and tax deductible by the payer, in the case of cross-border taxes, alimony can be received tax free while the payer still gets a tax deduction. Let’s look at an example where this would apply. Sarah is a U.S. Citizen who has […]
Residents of Canada: What are the Canadian and U.S. Tax Ramifications when being forced to liquidate a U.S. brokerage account.
As noted by several articles that have been published, many banks and brokerage firms, including Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, and others, are informing U.S. non-resident clients that they are no longer able to service their accounts and that their accounts have been restricted or even closed. In this case, the term “non-resident” is not […]
Don’t Settle: Choose wisely when selecting a cross-border wealth management firm
Your whole life you have done things correctly: worked hard, saved and prudently invested your money. Then one day, out of the blue, you receive a letter from your U.S. investment management firm saying they no longer want to work with you because you reside outside of the U.S. Worse yet, they give you 90 […]
As we discussed in a previous article, many Canadians are shocked to learn that California taxes their RRSPs. Canadians are often also surprised and dismayed to learn that their Canadian trust could be subject, inadvertently, to the long arm of California’s tax system. Even just having a beneficiary – think trust fund baby – of […]
Question: I am looking to move to the U.S. and am not sure if I will sell my home before I leave Canada. Could you please outline the tax ramifications if I were to sell it before departing Canada versus selling while a tax resident of the U.S.? Answer: You have requested that we provide […]
American Taxpayers Immigrating to Canada: Maximizing the Roth Conversion Strategy
Starting a new chapter in your life by relocating north of the border can be exciting. However, there are many financial and tax implications to take into consideration before you embark on this path. Whether you are an American citizen, a Green Card holder, or otherwise a U.S. resident taxpayer, you may have built up […]
An Investment Philosophy That Places Clients First
“We’re in a business of trying to do the right thing for the client” This quote came from David Butler, Co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), on a recent interview he did with Bloomberg Radio host Barry Ritholtz. This sentiment is core to what we believe at Cardinal Point Wealth in working with clients like […]
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet and Facebook have been some of the best performing stocks in the first half of this year. But what may be surprising is that those six stocks made up 98% of the S&P 500 Index returns for the first half of 2018 […]
Terry Ritchie featured in The Globe and Mail, Buying a Dream Home
From The Globe and Mail article: Mr. Ritchie says he increasingly receives inquiries from well-to-do Canadian retirees who want to spend even more time at their homes in sunny Florida, California or Arizona than the rules allow… Read the article here
Income Tax Implications of RRSP Withdrawals as a Non-Resident of Canada
A large number of the clients that we work with are those that move from Canada to the United States. In these cases, we spend quite a bit of time making our clients aware of the income tax implications of leaving Canada and establishing tax residency in the U.S. We have written many publications on […]