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  • Employers tweaking health plans to appeal to millennials | Small Biz Advisor
    startup also offers free healthy meals several times a week a major perk for 23 year old Sam Hillman Some mornings we have soup or avocados and eggs says Hillman an account director with the company s sales team This emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle really shows the company s commitment to me as a holistic individual and not just a Turnstyle employee Life insurance companies such as Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial say a growing number of employers have been looking to implement corporate wellness programs in recent years partly in response to the desires of millennial workers Wellness programs include services such as smoking cessation on site flu shots and biometric screening which measures characteristics including blood pressure body mass index and cholesterol to track employee health Preventative health care has become increasingly popular as employers have come to realize how it can benefit not only the individual but the company Healthy workers are more productive miss fewer days of work due to illness and are less likely to request costly drugs later down the road We re trying to respond to what millennials are looking for but there are also benefits to the organization for doing these things says Joy Sloane a partner in the Toronto health and benefits consulting practice at human resources firm Morneau Shepell Insurers have also started using wearable fitness trackers and incentive programs that reward customers for practising healthy behaviours such as undergoing annual checkups or regularly hitting the gym Manulife which launched an incentive program south of the border last year announced on Tuesday it will bring it to Canada this year Flexible plans such as health spending accounts are also on the rise as employers look to recruit and retain young workers The millennial generation is looking for

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  • U.S. retail sales expected to grow 3.1% in 2016 | Small Biz Advisor
    annual estimate a year ago The nation s largest retail trade industry group says the uptick would top the 10 year average of growth of 2 7 Online mobile and catalogue sales are expected to fuel the uptick with growth of about 6 to 9 There are a lot of positives in the economy said NRF CEO Matthew Shay But he noted that economic volatility could make people feel uncertain

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  • ETF, ETP industry sees global net inflows of US$13.1B in January | Small Biz Advisor
    the global ETF and ETP industry gathered net inflows of US 13 1 billion in January 2016 according to preliminary data from an ETFGI report Funds listed globally have now gathered net inflows for two years At the end of January 2016 the global ETF and ETP industry had 6 180 products with 11 895 listings assets of US 2 853 billion In January 2016 43 new funds were launched by 17 different providers Last month equity funds experienced the largest net outflows with US 8 5 billion being withdrawn In particular ETFs providing exposure to U S and North American equities experienced the largest net outflows of US 13 8 billion followed by funds providing exposure to emerging market equity indices US 2 1 billion Meanwhile developed Asia Pacific equity funds gathered the largest net inflows of US 3 4 billion Overall investors favoured safe haven developed market Government bond ETFs and ETPs with net inflows of US 10 6 billion followed by broad and aggregate bond exposure US 1 7 billion and emerging market bond funds US 950 million Commodity funds stayed positive accumulating net inflows of US 3 4 billion with US 2 0 billion net inflows

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  • News | Small Biz Advisor - Part 9
    inflation and rates in 2016 report BY Advisor ca Staff January 19 2016 The domestic economy faces headwinds and tailwinds reflecting mixed patterns in the global economy finds Canadians break online holiday shopping records BY Staff January 19 2016 Canadians shopped online in record numbers during this year s holiday shopping season For the first ORPP AC appoints first CEO BY Jennifer Paterson BenefitsCanada com January 14 2016 The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Administration Corporation ORPP AC has appointed Saäd Rafi as its Poloz will cut BMO BY Craig Wong Canadian Press January 14 2016 The odds that the Bank of Canada will lower its key interest rate next week Cybersecurity breaches on the rise BY Staff January 14 2016 Canadian companies are taking steps towards establishing holistic integrated safeguards against cyber attacks according to Business hiring hit lowest levels since 2009 BoC BY Andy Blatchford The Canadian Press January 12 2016 The hiring and investment intentions of Canadian companies have fallen to their lowest levels since How global ETFs fared in 2015 BY Advisor ca Staff January 12 2016 The global ETP industry gathered US 372 billion in net new assets in 2015 That represents Expect some negative growth

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  • Small-business confidence slides | Small Biz Advisor
    scored a 63 6 reading for the month of September That s down from a score of 64 9 in August With a rating above 50 small and medium size businesses owners are expecting minimal improvements over the next year The latest result suggests the economy is truly kicking into low gear said CFIB chief economist Ted Mallett Ontario was the province most responsible for bringing down the national barometer

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  • Benefits for small businesses is a must | Small Biz Advisor
    message Validate Text Size F or business owners looking to attract and retain top talent providing group insurance has become a critical business investment A survey of Canadians done by Benecaid in November 2009 revealed that 90 say the availability of an employee health benefits plan plays a role in their decision to accept a job This article was first published on BenefitsCanada com on November 1 2010 To finish

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  • Small business employees at a disadvantage over retirement savings | Small Biz Advisor
    mall business employees in the United States are at a disadvantage when it comes to retirement savings according to a Transamerica survey When compared to employees at large companies small business employees are less likely to have access to a defined contribution plan or employee funded retirement plan They are also less active then their large company counterparts in saving for a comfortable retirement This article was first published on

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  • News | Small Biz Advisor - Part 189
    18 2011 The Ontario Securities Commission OSC has selected their 2011 2012 Small Business Advisory Committee SBAC The Newcomer program supports entrepreneurial immigrants BY Leigh Doyle March 17 2011 Business Development Bank of Canada BDC and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation CYBF have Small business internship program get 3 5 million from Federal government BY Leigh Doyle March 17 2011 The Canadian government renewed its investment in the country s the Small Business Internship Program SBIP Guidelines for coordinating benefits with an HCSA BY Benefits Canada Staff March 16 2011 With the prevalence of healthcare spending accounts HCSAs on the rise employees who are Half of family businesses without next business leader BY Steven Lamb March 14 2011 Small and medium sized business owners can make great clients Their net worth is usually higher 75 of small business owners see bright future BMO BY Leigh Doyle March 11 2011 Three out of four Canadian small business owners are optimistic about the economy according to One third of new jobs with small businesses BMO BY Leigh Doyle March 11 2011 A new report from BMO Economics has uncovered that small businesses are a major part No benefits makes recruiting harder say

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