Strictly Money

Each week, host Saijal Patel invites experts to discuss topical financial issues affecting the lives of individual Canadians. With a broad worldview, Saijal brings over 20 years of in-depth international financial experience and advocacy work, and is now on a mission to help hardworking Canadians build knowledge so they can confidently navigate the many financial decisions they face today, and be empowered to prepare for their futures.

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Premature Optimism In The Markets?

Premature Optimism In The Markets?

Saijal welcomes Sebastien Mc Mahon, Chief Strategist at iA Financial Group, to offer his financial outlook for Canada in light of recent inflation numbers that might suggest the high prices have peaked.

The Pros and Cons of Regulating Cryptocurrency

The Pros and Cons of Regulating Cryptocurrency

Saijal welcomes Justin Hartzman, CEO & Co-founder of Coinsmart, to discuss regulations in the crypto-space and the challenges of keeping up with an industry that is evolving at lightning speed.

The Science Behind Investment Behaviour

The Science Behind Investment Behaviour

Saijal speaks with Sam Sivarajan, Behavioural Scientist and author of, ‘Making Your Money Work: The Secrets to Financial Health,” to discuss the science behind human behaviour when it comes to finances and investing.

Job Outlook & Rising Wages in Canada

Job Outlook & Rising Wages in Canada

Saijal is joined by Brendon Bernard, Senior Economist at Indeed, and Michelle Slater, Director at Indeed Canada, to discuss the ongoing labour shortage, increased layoffs, rising wages, and Canada’s overall job outlook amid a time of uncertainty for employers and employees alike

Opportunities in the Commodity Sector

Opportunities in the Commodity Sector

Saijal speaks with Alfred Lee, Investment Strategist at BMO Asset Management, to discuss where Canadians can find the best investment opportunities in the commodity markets, from oil and clean energy plays, to cryptocurrencies and gold

Bond Markets & “The Inflation Story”

Bond Markets & “The Inflation Story”

Saijal is joined by Dominic Siciliano, Head of Fixed Income at iA Investment Management, to discuss the current state of the bond markets, how “the inflation story” is impacting bonds and asset prices, and how today’s markets compare with Canada’s last instance of high inflation in the 1990s

Individual Pension Plan: What You Should Know

Individual Pension Plan: What You Should Know

Saijal welcomes Trevor Parry, a tax strategist with TRP Strategy Group, to discuss the the pros and cons and eligibility requirements for Individual Pension Plans (IPP’s)

 

Supporting Small Business and Retirement Planning

Supporting Small Business and Retirement Planning

Saijal welcomes Barry Hillier, CEO of eQuo, a matchmaking platform that helps small businesses find funding and customers; And Jason Heath, a financial planner who discusses ways to manage your retirement plan in these inflationary times

Uncertain Economy

Uncertain Economy

Saijal is joined by Lesley Marks, CIO, Equities at Mackenzie Investments, to discuss the latest interest rate hike impact and investment opportunities; and Jean-Paul Bureaud, Executive Director at Fair Canada, to discuss how new banking rules will enhance customer protection

Travel Risks and Mortgage Loans

Travel Risks and Mortgage Loans

Saijal welcomes Matt Hands, from ratehub.ca to discuss ways you can protect yourself against travel interruptions, and David Larock, President of Integrated Mortgage Planners discusses new rules for mortgages.

Lessons in Estate Planning

Lessons in Estate Planning

Saijal welcomes Michelle Connolly, Senior VP in Advanced Wealth Planning at Wellington-Altus, to look at common mistakes in estate planning and what we can learn from them

Inflation & The Cycle of Market Emojis

Inflation & The Cycle of Market Emojis

Saijal is joined by Sadiq Adatia, CIO at BMO Global Asset Management, to discuss the future of inflation in Canada, the break-down of causes for present inflation, and the threat that “stagflation” poses to our economy 

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Saijal Patel

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Saijal Patel

Saijal Patel is the Founder and CEO of Saij Elle/Saij Wealth Consulting Inc., a financial consultancy and education platform with a mission to help women create financial independence and security through the company’s unique holistic Strictly Money program, financial institutions better serve the needs of female investors, and companies build effective financial wellness & inclusion programs for all employees.

With more than twenty years’ experience in the financial industry in North America and Asia, she is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and has held positions as a financial advisor and analyst.

Saijal is a former business anchor and correspondent for Canada’s Business News Network (BNN) and CNBC Asia. She’s delivered commentary and analysis on Asian economies, stock markets and corporate news to more than 300 million households around the world. Her coverage earned her recognition as one of the most influential South Asian Women Executives in the Media and Entertainment Industry.

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