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Doug Watt

Financial Writer/Editor

Location icon Canada

I'm a freelance financial writer and editor with extensive experience in corporate communications and journalism. I am currently the economics editor at MT Newswires Canada, working from a home office in Ottawa. I'm also a staff editor and writer at I do some freelance writing work for Tangerine and Content Innovo.

I've worked as a social media specialist at the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and as a senior writer at bond rating agency DBRS.

My journalism background includes: editor at, a leading online destination for Canadian financial advisors, and reporter/editor at national newswire service the Canadian Press.

Contact me at [email protected]

6 Personal Finance Takeaways from Federal Budget 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 In a pre-election budget aimed at numerous sectors of society, millennials and seniors seem to come out on top, with first time home buyers and income security for seniors the main targets for Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Single and the City: Buying a first home at 51

Friday, January 20th, 2017 Approaching the age of 50, Margaret, a single woman living in Toronto, had nearly given up on her dream of owning property in the city. All around her, home prices were skyrocketing in the uptown neighbourhood where she rented a small apartment.

The Julie Kinnear Team of Toronto Real Estate Agents
Should You Help Your Children to Buy a Property in Toronto

Toronto's hot housing market has created a dilemma for the baby boomer generation. With home prices verging on the unaffordable, should boomers ante up and help their kids?

Forward Thinking

In his inaugural budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau followed through on his promise to spend his way through the current weak economy, today introducing five straight years of deficits, including fresh support for children and seniors, as well as some much-needed additional infrastructure spending on things like transit, clean water and social housing.

Help special-needs clients have enough for the future | Advisor

The Problem - Joanne is getting to an age where she can no longer care for her son's day-to-day needs. The two are living in a bungalow-owned by Joanne, with a tenant-but they have not prepared financially to deal with Jack's needs when Joanne passes away.

2015 CAP Suppliers Report: Provinces hold the keys to CPP expansion

Whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to enhance the CPP can shift from being a mere campaign pledge to becoming reality hinges on the provinces-and especially on Quebec. As the first province to approve the federal government's pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) and set a deadline for implementation, Quebec is being watched closely by other ...

Gold Stocks Are Holding Their Own During the Bullion Price Slump

Bullishness is hampering the price of gold. Under normal conditions, the crisis in Greece would help gold prices rally, with investors using the yellow metal as a haven during tough economic times. Instead, gold has fallen to a three-month low because gold-market timers aren't supporting a new bull market or even a sustainable rally.

Social Finance
RIA Conference 2015: A Look Back - Social Finance

In the picturesque setting of Banff, Alberta, responsible investors from across the country gathered in early June to hear an impressive array of speakers discuss everything from aboriginal rights to carbon pricing and fossil fuel-free investing.

Rising Bond Yields Boost the Outlook for Insurance Stocks

Investors have enjoyed the benefits of low bond yields for the past five years, helping to create a bull market for both the TSX and the S&P 500. However, bond yields have been climbing recently, a change that will have important portfolio implications for investors according to Richardson GMP Asset Management.

Why one fund company won't dump fossil fuels

Spurred by the burgeoning divestment movement, two of Canada's investment firms recently re-jigged a pair of funds to make them fossil fuel-free. However, the country's largest responsible investment fund company isn't convinced that's the way to go. AGF and IA Clarington talked to about their new offerings at the Responsible Investment Association's annual conference in Banff, Alta.

Why are real assets so popular?

In the post-financial crisis years, investors faced with historically low bond yields and volatile equity markets are shifting more toward real assets, including real estate and infrastructure, which can often provide a more stable source of income.

3 Reasons to Consider Buying TransForce Inc. | The Motley Fool Canada

TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI), Canada's largest trucking company, has recently been on a roll and topped off this week with a solid earnings report and an analyst upgrade. Need more reasons to consider adding this stock to your portfolio? How about the company's seamless acquisition of three companies, including trucking rival Contrans?
Advisors accuse AGF of botching fund transfer

Some advisors are accusing AGF Investments of botching a fund transfer, raising questions about the company's commitment to socially responsible investing.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Surprises With Dividend Increase

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) (NYSE:CM) has endured a rough ride recently amid implications that the stock is the weakest among Canada's big banks. But better-than-expected earnings announced February 26, along with a surprise dividend increase, suggest that avoiding CIBC in your financial stock portfolio might be an exaggerated response.

Bitcoin ups and downs unraveling Silk Road?

The deep web black market site Silk Road is known for two things: as a place to buy drugs and other illegal products, and for being an early adopter of bitcoin.
Federal budget focuses on job growth

With a renewed commitment to balancing the books by 2015, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented a federal budget focused on jobs and infrastructure, with little new spending and no income tax breaks.

Advisor's Edge Report
Ignorant no more

From modest beginnings as a social media campaign, Idle No More quickly grew into a national aboriginal uprising, with protests and blockades across the country.
Ottawa urges implementation of PRPPs

Ottawa is urging the provinces to move forward on pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs), noting in this year’s federal budget that the federal PRPP regulatory framework has been fully implemented.

Advisor's Edge Report
Does investing in food punish the poor?

Rising prices have sparked investor interest in food commodities. But it’s a risky proposition and not all investors will be comfortable speculating on a market often driven by human misery.

Advisor's Edge report
Having their say

Say on pay is well on its way to becoming entrenched in Canada, with about 100 publicly traded companies now holding annual advisory votes on executive compensation. The campaign has made great strides in just five years.

Advisor's Edge Report
Hedging against nature

The Carbon Disclosure Project is now turning its attention to one of the world’s most important resources—water.
National securities regulator not dead: CFA Institute

The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government does not have the power to unilaterally create a national securities regulator through legislation, but there might still be a way forward.
Emerging markets a dilemma for SRI advocates

There’s an inherent tension between sustainable investing and emerging markets. While no-one can deny emerging market countries growth opportunities, the speed of that growth can be problematic.

Advisor's Edge Report
Protect clients from conflict minerals

Conflict minerals have become a critical issue for investors concerned with the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The pros of private real estate investing

Private real estate can be suitable for clients looking to offset the volatility of stock markets. But as an asset class, it’s not without risk.

Advisor's Edge Report
Progress for responsible finance

Many institutions have recognized that environmental and social issues are investment issues, too.

Advisor's Edge
Dual dividends

Cheryl Crowe has a unique job. As SRI specialist with Assiniboine Credit Union in Winnipeg, Crowe researches the social investment world, provides internal training and develops sales tools for the company’s 49 advisors.
Wealth preservation tops list of HNW concerns

With equities slumping, it’s a good time for fixed-income investment, despite a low-interest rate environment. While interest rates may change, fixed income provides other advantages for high-net-worth investors.
Budget delays OAS eligibility to 67

The federal government hiked the eligibility age for Old Age Security to 67 from 65 reflecting the reality that Canadians are living longer and healthier lives, and may prefer to keep working.

SRI Monitor
NEI files pipeline resolution with Enbridge

Concerned that Enbridge has not adequately assessed the risks related to the Northern Gateway pipeline, NEI Investments has filed a shareholder resolution with the company.

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