Canada Savings Bonds (CSBs) were a financial product issued by the Bank of Canada (BOC) from 1946 through 2017. They offered a competitive rate of interest, with a guaranteed minimum rate. These bonds had both regular and compound interest features and were redeemable at any time.
Introduced as a way to manage national debt, Canada Savings Bonds also provided citizens with a stable, low-risk investment option. These were similar in many ways to U.S. savings bonds offered to American citizens.
Understanding Canada Savings Bonds
The Canadian government discontinued the sale of Canada Savings Bonds in November 2017, citing declining sales and rising program administrative costs. Government officials said the bond program had gradually become a less critical part of the country’s federal debt management strategy, being replaced by funding programs that offered more financially attractive rates.1
CSBs were available in denominations of $100, $300, $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 with ten-year terms. The interest rate was fixed for the first year and would then switch to a variable rate based on market conditions for the remaining nine years until maturity.
The Canadian government will continue to honor all existing bonds at the time of maturity or redemption, and unmatured bonds will continue to earn interest until they reach the point of maturity. The Canadian treasury can reissue unmatured bonds after they have been lost, stolen or damaged, but will merely redeem any such bonds that have already reached maturity for payment instead of reissuing them.
History of Canada Savings Bonds
The genesis of the Canada Savings Bonds program is similar to that of some war bonds programs in the United States. Canada initially started selling war bonds in 1915 to help finance military efforts by the Allies during World War I. Initially dubbed war bonds, and they would become known as Victory Bonds a few years later. Around the same time, the U.S. began selling Liberty Bonds.
In 1945, the Canadian government began selling securities that were similar to the Victory Bonds but were called Canada Savings Bonds.
Over the past few decades, many Canadians first experienced investments in the form of Canada Savings Bonds. Their predictability and low risk made them a good starting point for inexperienced or cautious investors. As they grew in popularity, the bonds represented a portion of the investment portfolio for many Canadian residents.
However, the Canadian government began to see them as less attractive and not as financially profitable as other funding and debt management options. Starting in the early 2000s, federal officials and advisors in the Canadian government began recommending the program be discontinued. Initially, finance department officials resisted and instead implemented some tweaks to the program, making it more competitive and appealing to investors.
A few years later, though, government studies revealed the escalating costs of the program did not make it fiscally practical. The value of bonds issued was dropping significantly. In March 2017, as part of the release of the federal budget, the government announced the end of the Canada Savings Bonds program, effective later that year.
Camarico Launched Camarico Financial Corporation and Pilot Investment Program – TheNewswire.ca
July 29, 2021 – TheNewswire – Camarico Investment Group Ltd. (CSE:CIG) (CNSX:CIG.CN) (“Company”) is pleased to announce the restructuring and relaunch of Maverick Northstar Inc as Camarico Financial Corporation (“CFC”). CFC will lead Camarico Investment Groups non-equity-based investment strategies.
CFC has received a non-interest-bearing loan from Camarico Investment Group for the sum of $200,000 CAD to initiate CFC’s proprietary Pilot Program, Reserve Capital and G&A. CFC will place Reserve Capital in Collateralized Short Term Demand Notes with qualified third parties.
CFC will provide monthly updates on Pilot Program performance and findings.
Camarico Financial Corporation is not a licensed financial service provider and WILL NOT sell financial products, such as: mutual funds, insurance, securities or stocks, options, futures, OR have specific duties within a financial services company, such as portfolio management or supervisory responsibilities.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CAMARICO INVESTMENT GROUP LTD.
“R. Mackenzie Loree”
Chief Executive Officer
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
Forward-Looking Information: This press release may include forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business of the Company. Forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the management of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release.
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Do-it-yourself is fine when the stakes are low; everything you need to know about patching drywall is on TikTok. But what about when the stakes are high? Would you rewire your home after watching a few TikTok videos? Probably not, and the same logic goes for financial advice.
Pouring your savings into an investment — or any product — being hawked on social media is generally a bad idea. But how will you know which bits of advice are legitimate, and which are bunk? Below, experts weigh in on the worst investment advice they’ve seen recently on TikTok and other social media.
1. The FIRE movement is for everyone
FIRE stands for “financial independence, retire early,” and given how the movement has spread on social media, the acronym is apt. Chris Woods, a certified financial planner and founder of LifePoint Financial Group in Alexandria, Virginia, says that many of the core tenets of the FIRE movement are great: They focus on lowering your expenses, saving heavily, putting money into diversified index funds and generating multiple streams of income to help you retire early, which may all be sound financial decisions.
The problem is, everyone’s financial situation is different. Financial planners spend a lot of time upfront learning as much as they can about someone’s unique financial standing before making any recommendations. And for some, he says, the FIRE movement may be an appropriate goal. But it’s not for everyone, and sound bites from social media influencers can’t take your personal situation into consideration.
“So many people will do what these influencers are saying, even if it’s not the appropriate thing for them,” Woods says. “That’s one of my big overarching disappointments or gripes with the influencers out there. Because a lot of times, they’re talking about this stuff without context.”
The next time you see someone living their best #vanlife and boasting how they retired at 30, remember you’re seeing a highlight reel, Woods says. Their financial situation may have been completely different from yours, and there’s no guarantee what worked for them is right for you.
2. Forget about 401(k)s and IRAs
There’s a thought out there that boring, long-established wealth-building strategies, such as funding retirement accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs, are outdated.
“This is all so faulty and so bad I don’t know where to start,” says Tiffany Kent, a CFP and portfolio manager at Wealth Engagement LLC in Atlanta.
Kent says that to stand out on social media, someone can’t just talk about typical retirement accounts over and over again, no matter how proven they are. Boring doesn’t inspire viewers to smash that “like” button.
Instead, they talk up new, complicated — and at times confusing — products, simply to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes the ideas are a bit contrarian, other times they’re outright outlandish. But this approach, Kent says, is absolutely the wrong way to get financial advice.
“If it’s boring, it’s good,” Kent says.
3. Precious metals are the best long-term play
Gene McManus, a CFP, certified public accountant and managing partner at AP Wealth Management in Augusta, Georgia, said by email that he’s seen claims that precious metals IRAs (which invest in gold and silver instead of stocks and bonds) are a better choice than typical IRAs.
He said acolytes of the strategy argue that precious metals IRAs better protect your money from things like inflation, global supply shortages or a collapse of the financial markets.
But McManus disagrees.
“The long-term history and performance of gold and silver do not indicate that they are a rewarding asset class,” he said. “There are short-term periods that they might outperform the S&P 500, but over the long term, they don’t make sense to own, especially exclusively or overweight in a portfolio.”
4. Hundreds of thousands of people can’t be wrong
It’s true that there’s power in numbers. However, it’s equally fair to say that mob mentality, echo chambers and hype can get in the way of rational decision making. Anthony Trias, a CFP and principal at Stonebridge Financial Group in San Rafael, California, says he’s worked with clients who are investing in stocks they’ve heard mentioned on social media — no matter how staggering the claims of future potential — because of how many people were talking them up.
“There are going to be 300,000 people on social media saying one thing,” Trias says. “But prudent investors block out the noise, do their due diligence and look at who they’re actually listening to.”
Trias also echoes Woods’ concerns. Validating investment ideas based on social media hype is problematic, he says, because investment decisions should be highly tailored to you and your needs — and that’s just not possible on social media.
5. Your cryptocurrency will absolutely go to the moon
All the rocket emoji in the world couldn’t give a valueless cryptocurrency long-term staying power, no matter who’s pumping it.
Clayton Moore, founder and CEO at crypto-payment system NetCents Technology, said by email that while engaging platforms like TikTok have been instrumental in spreading the word about cryptocurrencies, they’ve also become breeding grounds for fraud.
“You’ve got to watch out for the crypto influencer who’s just in it for a quick buck,” he said. “The classic pump and dump.”
Moore said it’s common for crypto influencers to accept payment in exchange for making wild claims about a coin, only to abandon their support for it once the check clears.
“If it is too good to be true, 99% of the time, it is,” Moore said.
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