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Q: In your experience, do Canadian bank-owned online brokers such as RBC-DI or iTRADE allow individual investors to buy US T-Bills for registered OR non-registered investments accounts. If yes, how does one find the symbols for 3 month, and 2 years T-bills? If you have the symbols, please tell us, as brokers seem reluctant to.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on September 27, 2022

Q: Hi Peter,

Thanks for your insights at the MoneyShow last week. You mentioned Long Term Bonds as a viable investment option in the current market environment. Can you explain the rational? Also provide some recommendations for ETS (CAD currency preferred) or specific bond and or bond fund.

Thanks for your continued guidance during this bear market opportunity,
Angelo

Read Answer Asked by Angelo on September 23, 2022

Q: After reading your answer to a question on TIP and STIP on March 29, I invested in these two inflation-protected bond ETFs, however, their performance to date was extremely poor and I am down about 10%. Can you please explain why these "inflation protected" securities behave so poorly in the current high inflation environment? Aren't they specifically designed for situations like we have these days?

Read Answer Asked by Michael on September 23, 2022

Q: FYI, regarding a site to obtain GIC rates from all co's [including short term and cashable] see Cannex.ca

Read Answer Asked by steve on September 20, 2022

Q: With rising interest rates, does this ETF still make sense for fixed income? I had thought this laddered ETF would be less sensitive to rate increases but that has not been the case - I've been taking a red bath on these. Is there an alternative or another option in the bond space that you would recommend? The duration curve is painful

Read Answer Asked by Elliott on September 19, 2022

Q: Hi there. In light of last week's BoC's decision to raise interest rates by 75 basis point I was hoping you can help me understand why the banks have yet to raise the rates they offer on their 1-5 year GICs. When I look at the rates that were offered last month vs. now they are basically the same. I was hoping, maybe naively, that I'd see at least a 50 point increase across the board but nothing yet.



I know when the BoC raises rates the banks will increase their variable mortgage rates the next day so what gives? Did the banks already raise their GIC rates in anticipation of the announcement, is there a lag and they’ll raise rates in a few weeks or will they gauge market demand and offer the lowest rates they can get away?


I'm looking to create a 1-5 year ladder and I'd hate to do it now only to see the rates offered on GICs go up 50-75 basis points in a few weeks. Thanks for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Clinton on September 14, 2022