Planning for the New Passive Income Rules Affecting Private Corporations

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In July 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced potential options for changing the taxation of investment income earned by private corporations. The proposed changes were strongly opposed by many stakeholders and, in October 2017, Minister Morneau announced that changes would be made to the proposed new rules and that draft legislation would be released as part of Budget 2018. The resulting highly anticipated Budget was tabled by Minister Morneau on February 27, 2018. While Budget 2018 has scaled back many of the proposed measures from the July 2017 Consultation Paper, it has moved forward with various amendments to the Income Tax Act1 that will affect small business corporations in Canada. The amendments with respect to passive income earned by a private corporation will still have an adverse effect on small business owners and may affect the way small business owners choose to invest their retained earnings. In particular, the effect of the changes on the small business deduction (“SBD”) will likely leave small business owners seeking tax-efficient options for the investment of corporate retained earnings that will reduce the impact of these changes.

Bill C-74, which contains the legislative provisions to implement the new passive income rules, received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018.


Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund Quarterly Report

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Dear Investors,
We are pleased to send you our fourth quarter 2018 report for Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund.  The Q4 update discusses performance over the past quarter and our thoughts going forward.  Moreover, it includes a snapshot of the portfolio holdings as of the start of 2019.

Q4 2018 Performance

  • Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund was down 4.65% (Class F, net of fees) during Q4 2018 and ended 2018 down 2.53% in what turned out to be a volatile year for world markets.  Performance was within expectations given our 45% weight to global equities which was mitigated by several of the portfolio’s alternative assets and strategies that performed well (including some gains in December).

Please click below to view our Q4 2018 performance report as well as the Fund Brochure.

Additional information and a product video for Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund can be found on our site as well.

As always, please feel free to contact our team to discuss the Fund in greater detail.