Small-Cap Equities with Jordan Zinberg on The Unlimited Podcast

Small-capitalization (“small-cap”) equity investing requires a specialized investment and trading skillset. Since its inception in 2018, Bedford Park Capital has proven its proficiency in this area. Bedford’s President & CEO Jordan Zinberg joins Brian to explain what small-cap equities are, what it takes to be a successful small-cap investor, and why some of the risks of small-cap investing may actually be opportunities in disguise.

Jordan Zinberg is the President and CEO of Bedford Park Capital Corporation. Jordan has over 20 years of investment industry experience, including portfolio management and trading, and has served as a director of both private and public companies.  Before founding Bedford Park Capital, Jordan was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at a prominent Toronto-based investment management firm.  Prior to that role, Jordan spent 7 years at one of Canada’s largest investment dealers.  He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business as well as several industry licenses and certifications. He also holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.

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Federal Budget Breakdown with Ali Spinner on The Unlimited Podcast

On Tuesday, April 16, the government of Canada revealed its 2024 Federal Budget with major changes that impact investors, savers and business builders – most significantly of which being an increase to the capital gains inclusion rate.

In this “breaking news” episode of The Unlimited Podcast, we bring back the “Tax Ninja”, Alexandra (Ali) Spinner, to help break down the key changes and provide some guidance for immediate and long-term actions and plans. Ali can also be seen discussing the Federal Budget changes on BNN Bloomberg.

Key changes covered include:

  1. The increase to the capital gains inclusion rate
  2. The increase to the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption
  3. The introduction of the Canadian Entrepreneurs Incentive
  4. Changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Ali is a Partner in Crowe Soberman’s Tax Group, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and leader of the High-Net-Worth tax practice. Ali has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and tax and estate planning. Her practice focuses on helping wealthy families and high-performance professionals structure their affairs in a tax-efficient manner. Ali’s broad technical expertise includes domestic, cross-border, and international tax matters for individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations. She is experienced in complex estate and trust planning, post-mortem planning, corporate reorganizations, and the preparation of Canadian tax returns and compliance forms. In 2022, she was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

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Insurance 201 with Sterling Park on The Unlimited Podcast

As a follow-up to Episode 33: Insurance 101 with Simon Kay, this episode features Zak Goldman and Jonah Mayles from Sterling Park providing an Insurance 201 lesson for our listeners, with a focus on the tax and wealth creation advantages of whole life insurance.

Whole life insurance is a permanent insurance policy that grows in value over time by participating in distributions from the insurance company’s pool of investments. This type of policy offers a significant opportunity to boost wealth and estate value, for two key reasons:

  1. The policy’s value grows tax-free and is typically distributed tax-free[i] upon death, and
  2. When held within a corporation, the proceeds can be paid to your estate on a tax-free basis[ii] without being subject to additional taxes like most other corporate assets.

For someone with a corporation, the additional after-tax value of dollars invested in a whole life insurance policy can be potentially double what could be achieved without the use of insurance.[iii]

Brian and the “Dynamic Duo” of Zak and Jonah explain whole life insurance and how it works, compare the after-tax result of using insurance vs. not, and provide insight into how to know if an insurance policy is right for you.

Zak is a founding partner of Sterling Park. He has advised affluent clients and business owners for over 20 years. He holds the Family Enterprise Advisor™ (FEA) designation and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Jonah is a partner at Sterling Park and is the tax, legal and estate planning guru in the firm. Before joining Sterling Park, Jonah was a tax lawyer at Fraser Milner Casgrain and Torkin Manes where his practice focused on business succession planning, estate planning, advising on and drafting family trusts and structuring/implementing tax-efficient sales and purchases of businesses.

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[i] The tax-free nature of whole life insurance may not be absolute under certain circumstances, including in shorter duration insurance policies. This letter is meant only to provide a high-level overview of the benefits of whole life insurance and is not comprehensive. Please speak with Ginsler Wealth Financial Services Inc., a FSRA licensed insurance agency, or your own insurance advisors for more specific details.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] The precise outcome of utilizing these types of insurance policies will depend on the age, gender and medical profile of the insured(s) at time of entering into the policy and the age of death of the unsured(s) amongst other factors. Talk to Ginsler Wealth Financial Services Inc. or you own insurance advisor for more precise details.

This episode is brought to you by Ginsler Wealth Financial Services Inc., a FSRAO licensed insurance agent corporation. Nothing in this podcast should be deemed to be insurance or financial advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Charlie is the “Real” Architect: Lessons from Buffett’s 2023 Annual Letter

On February 24, 2024, Warren Buffett issued his always-anticipated, and widely read annual letter to shareholders. This letter, began with a special tribute to Charlie Munger, who passed away on November 28, 2023, just 33 days shy of his 100th birthday.

Of note, Buffett very clearly, and without any reservation admitted (or revealed) that Charlie was and has always been the brains behind Berkshire’s entire strategy (Buffett calls him the “architect”), while Buffett was (in his own words) simply the “construction crew”.

In other words, while for decades the world has lavished enormous praise on Buffett for being the world’s genius and best investor, it appears that all along, the accolades should have been going to Charlie.

Each year Buffett uses his letter to provide an update on Berkshire’s activities, but – we believe – it is really a platform for him to attempt to educate other investors on how to achieve success. Here are four top themes and lessons that we’ve identified from his latest letter. (All quotes below are from this years letter).

  1. Buy Wonderful Businesses at Fair Prices, Not Fair Businesses at Wonderful Prices

Perhaps Charlie’s most important strategic instruction to Buffett, or as Buffett says “abandon everything you learned from your hero, Ben Graham”. Does this mean value investing is not the right approach? We don’t think so – it just means having an intense focus on the “value” you are paying when buying what you believe to be great companies.

  1. Buy, Hold and Measure for the Long Term

When you do find these wonderful companies, buy and hold them for the long term, with little focus for the daily “and, yes, even year-by-year movements of the stock market.” For individual investors, this means: don’t trade frequently (or speculate), and don’t have an intense focus on short-term results. At Ginsler Wealth, we also believe that even yearly reviews of performance can be too short-term. Investing is a very long-term pursuit. As our Q4 2023 Quarterly Letter pointed out, if U.S. equity investors (as measured by the S&P500 returns) reviewed their investments based on 2023 calendar year results, they would be ecstatic. But looking back just one further year to 2022, their overall 2-year results would be less than mediocre.

  1. Don’t Expect Home-Runs (from Berkshire)

Buffett goes to great lengths in this year’s letter to make clear that Berkshire’s size and lack of options of “moving the needle” means “no possibility of eye-popping performance”. He instead suggests that the future for Berkshire looks like “a bit better than the average American corporation and, more important, should also operate with materially less risk of permanent loss of capital. Anything beyond ‘slightly better,’ though, is wishful thinking.”

(Secretly, I believe Buffett is trying to signal to readers the type of investor he welcomes at Berkshire, and the type that should invest, or speculate, elsewhere.)

But his forecast doesn’t sound very optimistic. Or does it? You may recall from Ginsler Wealth’s Q2 2022 Quarterly Letter, if an investor can achieve average returns but avoid major losses, resulting longer-term returns could likely be great. In fact, we believe that is the formula for investing success. We advise our clients to expect “reasonable” long-term returns (not homeruns), but with a likely lower chance of large drawdowns. When this approach compounds over many years—not scrutinized over every single month, quarter or even year, as per #2 above—we expect our clients to come out ahead.[1]

  1. Ignore Pundits, Forecasters and the Like

Buffett says “pundits should always be ignored”. As an example, he later says “Neither Greg nor I believe we can forecast market prices of major currencies. We also don’t believe we can hire anyone [emphasis added] with this ability.” Anyone! At Ginsler Wealth, when asked to make any predictions of the future, our answer is always the same: “We don’t know”.

 

Our approach to “not knowing”, is to build diversified portfolios that we believe should perform well, held over the long-term, with less chance of capital loss or impairment. Seems like we’ve been listening to Buffett all along![2]

 

You can read Ginsler Wealth’s summaries of Buffett’s 2022 (last year’s) Letter and 2021 Letter at the links provided.

 

[1] Investing is inherently risky and nothing above should be viewed as a guarantee or promise.

[2] Nothing in this article should be deemed investment advice.

 

Image Credits:

A. Costanza: Dave Quiggle
B. Mosby: Architect Magazine
C. Munger: Lane Hickenbottom/Reuters from Business Insider

Brian Ginsler on the Real Human Project

An Unlimited Podcast twist! This episode is a podcast within a podcast…

This episode sees the tables turned on our host, Ginsler Wealth CEO, Brian Ginsler, as he switches from interviewer to interviewee. Brian is interviewed as part of The Real Human Project by Sam, an AI interviewer, with the goal of helping people share their stories and reveal the “real human” behind each interviewee.

The Real Human Project is on a mission to help people get to know each other better. Through AI-hosted podcast interviews, everyone has an opportunity to make an episode about what makes them who they are. These episodes can then be shared with anyone the participant would like to share their story with. Once an episode has been shared, listeners are encouraged to respond with their feelings about the episode.

The Real Human Project has extended a special offer to all listeners of the Unlimited Podcast: for $50 USD off your very own episode, enter code “Unlimited” at checkout.

To learn more about The Real Human Project, or to get your own episode, visit realhuman.io.

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Insurance 101 with Simon Kay on The Unlimited Podcast

As long as humans have been taking risks, we have been looking for ways to mitigate those risks. Insurance, while a very popular risk transfer tool, can be complex and easily misunderstood. On this episode of The Unlimited Podcast, Brian speaks with Simon Kay of IPS insurance, who provides an Insurance 101 lesson, focusing on insurance for individuals and families.

Brian and Simon discuss different types of insurance, how to determine how much insurance you need, individual vs. group coverage, and more.

Simon is the President of IPS Insurance, a specialized insurance advisory firm with a very unique private underwriting approach to determine insurability. Simon is an insurance industry veteran, having started his insurance career back in 1988 as an insurance agent at London Life. More recently, Simon is a founding investor in Fairgrounds, a free-to-join racquet club focusing on Pickelball and Padel – some of the fastest growing sports in the word.

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And COMING SOON…The Unlimited Podcast goes back to school for Insurance 201, where we explore the use of insurance for tax-efficient wealth accumulation.

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This episode is brought to you by Ginsler Wealth Financial Services Inc., a FSRAO licensed insurance agent corporation. Nothing in this podcast should be deemed to be insurance or financial advice, and is for informational purposes only.

The original article for Brian’s summary of the history of insurance can be found here.

The State of Real Estate with Rob Kumer on The Unlimited Podcast

Real estate is a hot topic for Canadians, especially in the current housing-challenged environment. Rob Kumer, incoming CEO of KingSett Capital, describes what he’s seeing now and what Canadians might expect from the real estate market and the economy in 2024 and beyond.

Brian and Rob discuss Rob’s path to CEO of KingSett, KingSett’s investment process, various real estate sectors, affordable housing, government policies, the path to environmentally sustainable real estate, and more!

Rob graduated with an HBA degree from the Ivey Business School. He joined KingSett in 2004 as an analyst and is currently President & Chief Investment Officer, as well as incoming CEO, effective January 2024. Rob is also a director of the Sinai Health System foundation in Toronto.

Founded in 2002, KingSett is one of Canada’s leading real estate private equity firms, managing approximately $18 billion across real estate asset classes including office, industrial, residential & affordable housing, retail, urban, hotel and development.

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The Wisest Investment with Robin Taub on The Unlimited Podcast

November is Financial Literacy month in Canada, so as part of Ginsler Wealth’s ongoing efforts to promote financial literacy, Brian speaks with Robin Taub, CPA, CA, the author of The Wisest Investment: Teaching Your Kids to Be Responsible, Independent and Money-Smart for Life.

Brian and Robin discuss her path to writing the book on financial literacy, the 5 Pillars of Money, her 11 Healthy Habits of Financial Management, and how parents can overcome the challenges of teaching their children about money.

Robin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), keynote speaker, and bestselling author recognized for her expertise in personal finance and financial literacy. Her award-winning book, The Wisest Investment, has received accolades, including praise from David Chilton, the star of Dragons’ Den and author of The Wealthy Barber.

With a unique ability to simplify complex money topics, Robin acts as the “Google Translate” for personal finance, making it accessible to all. Her background includes roles in audit, taxation, and derivatives marketing at leading Canadian firms. She is also a passionate advocate for advancing women CPAs into leadership roles.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with High Distinction from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a lifelong learner, having completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course.

Residing in Toronto, Robin and her husband have raised two (mostly) money-smart young adults. Besides her financial expertise, she enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and attending concerts, including a memorable backstage encounter with Bruce Springsteen.

For more about Robin and to purchase a copy of The Wisest Investment, click here.

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Private Equity Secondaries with Robert McGrath on The Unlimited Podcast

The private equity asset class is often absent from the portfolios of the everyday investor. For those that do invest in private equity, they experience large capital requirements, long holding periods, and often higher risk – albeit in the pursuit of higher returns. Private equity secondaries may mitigate some of the challenges noted above. In this episode of The Unlimited Podcast, Brian speaks with Robert McGrath, Founder and Managing Director of Overbay Capital Partners, who will explain what private equity is, introduce private equity secondaries, and share the backstory of how he and his brother became early leaders in this space.

Overbay Capital Partners, is a private equity secondaries firm managing almost $2 billion in assets on behalf of institutions and private investors.

Robert leads Overbay’s investment team and is responsible for the overall management of the firm. Rob began working in secondaries almost 20 years ago when the secondary market was still in its infancy and a tiny fraction of its size today. He has had a front row seat on the secondary market as it grew from obscurity to the prominent investment strategy it is today. Prior to forming Overbay, Rob worked for 12 years as an intermediary in the secondary market at Setter Capital where he advised institutions on buying and selling private equity funds. Over that period, Rob was one of the most prolific secondary deal makers in the world, completing over 700 transactions, representing more than $20 billion in value. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Science degree in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics.

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Leading Champions with Frank Dancevic on The Unlimited Podcast

Frank Dancevic on The Unlimited Podcast

While the U.S. Open ended on Sunday, the World Championships of Tennis – known as The Davis Cup – is on! And Team Canada is back to defend their championship title after winning last year’s tournament.

On this episode of The Unlimited Podcast, Brian speaks with Frank Dancevic, former professional tennis player and current Captain of Canada’s Davis Cup team.

We were lucky to catch Frank just hours before he joined his team in Bologna, Italy for the start of Canada’s defending run.

Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Frank Dancevic is a retired Canadian professional tennis player. He first became the country’s top singles player, according to ATP rankings, on February 10, 2003, as an 18-year-old, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 65 in September 2007. He has been the captain of Canada’s Davis Cup team since 2017 and continues to lead top-ranked Canadian tennis players Felix Auger-Aliassime, Vasek Pospisil, and Denis Shapovalov, among others, in this year’s Davis Cup.

In this episode, Brian speaks with Frank about his experience as a professional tennis player, what it takes to be a world-class athlete, and how to lead and coach high performers.

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