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  • Small Biz Advisor | Smallbizadvisor.ca is the trusted resource for Canadian advisors of small and medium-sized businesses, providing news and advice on benefits plan administration, the value of emerging medications, regulatory and legal issues, retirement strategies and investment trends.
    pressuring regulators to increase client protection and compensation when More Your Business News U S jobless claims fall to four decade low BY Josh Boak The Associated Press The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to a four decade low last week a Many small businesses experience roadblocks to growth BY Staff Hedge funds down slightly in Q1 BY Advisor ca Staff RSS More News Group Retirement More ORPP details revealed BY Jennifer Paterson Benefits Canada The Ontario government has announced a series of design and feature details for the Ontario Scrap ORPP but expand CPP says Mintz BY Melissa Shin Advisor ca Implications of the voluntary CPP for employers BY Jean Pierre Laporte BenefitsCanada com RSS More Group Retirement Group Benefits Drug pooling plans still face many barriers BY Liz Brown Insurance industry drug pooling introduced in 2012 was supposed to protect small and mid sized Changes to government mandated benefits may be coming soon BY Advisor ca Staff How pharmacy services are catching on with private payers BY Sonya Felix BenefitsCanada com RSS More Group Benefits Your Business How to use Twitter to stay informed BY Jay Palter Advisor ca You need relevant information to run your

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  • News | Small Biz Advisor
    to growth BY Staff April 21 2016 Too few entrepreneurs are continuing to build their business or scale up in the province Hedge funds down slightly in Q1 BY Advisor ca Staff April 19 2016 Hedge funds were down 0 37 in Q1 2016 with total AUM declining by US 6 4 billion Three in five Canadians say stress harms their health BY Staff April 19 2016 Constantly being busy may be the new normal but being stressed shouldn t be More than Canadian execs more ethical than most survey BY Staff April 19 2016 Only four percent of Canadian finance executives could justify unethical behaviour in an economic downturn Canada s lagging productivity our Achilles heel Scotiabank CEO says BY The Canadian Press April 14 2016 Canada s Achilles heel is the country s lagging labour productivity and while governments can help turn ORPP bill has option for other provinces to join BY Jann Lee and Jennifer Paterson Benefits Canada April 14 2016 A new bill for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan ORPP introduced today will also include Consumer spending up 6 in Q1 BY Staff April 14 2016 Consumer spending in Canada grew by 6 2 in the

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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor
    March 21 2016 Unlike most employers in Canada plan sponsors that offer prescription drug benefits in Quebec have Biosimilars starting to take off BY Karen Welds BenefitsCanada com March 21 2016 Biosimilars biologic drugs that are highly similar to Health Canada approved biological medications save for Health outcomes and personal choice collide BY Kathleen O Keefe BenefitsCanada com March 10 2016 The health choices employees make could be used against them by employers writes Kathleen O Keefe 56 of employers use mobile technology to support employee health survey BY BenefitsCanada com Staff March 8 2016 Mobile technology is being adopted by employers according to BenefitsCanada com More than half 56 of What s the impact of emerging cancer treatments on benefits plans BY Glenn Kauth BenefitsCanada com March 3 2016 New immuno onocology treatments for cancer are showing a lot of promise but many questions remain Hacking your way to a healthier workforce BY Yaelle Gang BenefitsCanada com February 25 2016 Communications tools like smartphones can help create a healthier workplace writes Yaelle Gang BenefitsCanada com While employees 7 ways your clients can communicate benefits better BY Kanupriya Vashisht February 16 2016 Communicating benefits clearly is almost as important as

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  • Group Retirement | Small Biz Advisor
    2015 The SCPP might be welcome news to small employers writes Jean Pierre Laporte BenefitsCanada com When Minister of Government of Ontario announces ORPP enrollment details BY Craig Sebastiano BenefitsCanada com August 13 2015 The details on enrollment in Ontario s ORPP plan are in writes Craig Sebastiano at BenefitsCanada com The How small players can find GRS prospects BY Patti Ryan July 21 2015 Being smaller shouldn t stand in the way when it comes to finding Group Retirement Sales Leveraging your relationships to identify GRS prospects BY Patti Ryan July 13 2015 When it comes to finding Group Retirement Sales GRS prospects there s just no substitute for When is a good time for review of a group retirement plan BY Shane Hohlweg TRG Group April 21 2015 An employer who offers a group retirement program to its employees has the responsibility to Conducting an effective group retirement plan review part 2 BY Patti Ryan March 3 2015 In the second part of a two part series Patti Ryan looks at how advisors should Conducting an effective group retirement plan review part 1 BY Patti Ryan February 25 2015 In the first part of a two part series

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  • Your Business | Small Biz Advisor
    You need relevant information to run your practice writes Jay Palter Advisor ca Twitter can help Too many distractions Try these tech solutions BY Peter Nowak CanadianBusiness com April 14 2016 The modern office is packed with distractions that can break your concentration and disrupt your 3 ways to keep your communication positive BY Dr Sandra Folk PROFITGuide com April 14 2016 There s no place for negativity in business writes Dr Sandra Folk PROFITGuide com What you can How to help small businesses get extra capital BY Patti Ryan April 12 2016 When clients have cash flow issues or ambitious expansion plans where should they look for Human rights ruling on miscarriage puts employers on notice BY Jann Lee BenefitsCanada com April 12 2016 An interim decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario s last month has put employers Research shows banning commissions is not the answer BY Advisor ca Staff April 6 2016 New research from the University of Calgary s School of Public Policy finds that banning commissions U S introduces fiduciary rule for advisors and brokers BY Advisor ca Staff with files from Associated Press April 6 2016 American advisors and brokers must act as

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  • North American stock markets lower in early trading, loonie and oil down | Small Biz Advisor
    pulled back in early trading amid lower oil prices and a weaker Canadian dollar The loonie fell 0 25 of a cent at 78 80 cents US giving up some of the ground gained in recent days On the commodity markets the June contract for North American benchmark crude oil fell US 1 to US 43 18 while the May contract for natural gas gained 0 9 of a cent to US 2 078 The June contract for an ounce of gold lost US 2 90 at US 1 251 50 Meanwhile the S P TSX composite index slipped 9 45 points to 13 901 84 In New York the Dow Jones industrial average fell 40 55 points to 18 055 72 while the S P 500 slipped 5 08 points to 2 097 32 The Nasdaq composite lost 11 56 points to 4 936 57 In corporate news General Motors Co was up 89 cents at US 33 08 after it reported better than expected financial results for its first quarter The automaker says it earned US 2 billion or US 1 24 per share Earnings adjusted for non recurring costs were US 1 26 per share The average

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  • Knowing, communicating and pricing your value | Small Biz Advisor
    have time to deal with any of these issues properly After sitting down with them we outlined our process which involves five steps consultation collaboration communication prescription and check up Our process is designed to sound like a trip to the doctor s office so it s easier for clients to relate to After consulting and collaborating with the couple we communicated the most important item to deal with finalizing their move and sorting out their mortgage and financing We prescribed internal and outside experts to take care of the task for the client and it was resolved successfully Since our process is circular it never ends we re continually checking up We are now the first point of contact for them on any question related to money or their business and we know that we ve been able to reduce their stress and provide a great deal of value to them When we tell other business owner clients this story they connect with it and understand the value we d provide them Set your price Another thing we learned is that price is inherently tied to value One of our colleagues said there is no such thing as too high a price only an absence of value We like this quote because it correctly frames the discussion for advisors If you re providing a lot of value to your clients then you should charge more for it When clients see their lawyers or accountants they rarely seek out the lowest cost option In many cases they want the most expensive expert because that signifies they are the best in their field Wealth management should be no different On the other hand if you re not providing a lot of value to your clients then you should be worried about

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  • OSC pressured to introduce best interest standard | Small Biz Advisor
    and interests of investors and the industry that serves them As such several key themes have driven the panels submissions comments and focus this year The need for a best interest standard During 2015 the panel repeatedly urged OSC to create a best interest standard which would require advisors to put their clients interest first It s a basic first step in investor protection and it s long overdue This panel also pushed the Financial Services Commission of Ontario FSCO the Financial Services Tribunal FST and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario DICO to foster a system that puts clients first Conflicted compensation in the advisor client relationship During the year the Panel continued to urge the OSC to act to prohibit the payment of embedded trailer commissions Other jurisdictions have already done so the OSC must follow suit by eliminating all third party embedded commissions and remuneration As part of this issue the panel expressed concern about the proliferation of new products designed to skirt around CRM2 These rules don t apply to insurance products because insurance companies don t fall under the purview of securities regulators Conflict resolution and restitution The G20 High Level Principles on Financial Consumer Protection states Jurisdictions should ensure that consumers have access to adequate complaints handling and redress mechanisms that are accessible affordable independent fair accountable timely and efficient The panel is lobbying for restitution which it argues is essential to the complaint and redress process and should be of paramount importance to regulators Specifically it recommended a compensation fund that would not only compensate victims of fraud but offer restitution for consumers who are harmed by poor or negligent behaviour on the part of their service providers or registrants The know your client process The KYC process is a key concern for

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