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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Protecting Seniors’ Finances | Estate Plans & Final Wills

Protecting Seniors’ Finances | Estate Plans & Final Wills

Saijal speaks with Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge – and Dr. Tom Deans, author and Intergenerational Wealth Expert.

Food Insecurity in Canada | Holiday Charity Donations

Food Insecurity in Canada | Holiday Charity Donations

Saijal is joined by Cheryl Keddy-Scott, Executive Director at Village of Home – and Shannon Craig, Chief Marketing & Product Officer at CanadaHelps.

How Can We Learn from the Collapse of FTX?

How Can We Learn from the Collapse of FTX?

Saijal welcomes back Justin Hartzman, CEO & Co-Founder of Coinsmart, to discuss the sudden collapse of FTX, which was – just weeks ago – the second largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world.

Investing in Alternatives | Fine Wine Investing

Investing in Alternatives | Fine Wine Investing

Saijal speaks with Jeff Shell, Head of Alternatives at BMO Global Asset Management – and Atul Tiwari, CEO of Cult Wine Americas.

Has the CRA Become Predatory?

Has the CRA Become Predatory?

Saijal is joined by Tim Cestnick, Co-founder and CEO of Our Family Office, to discuss the growing discontent over the CRA’s services, and why the agency might be in need of a complete overhaul.

Inflation & the Holidays | Small Business Struggles

Inflation & the Holidays | Small Business Struggles

Saijal speaks with Jason Vickers, National Retail Transformation Leader at Deloitte Canada — and Jeff Brown, Head of Commercial Solutions at Equifax Canada.

Toronto’s Housing Market | Financial Market Outlook

Saijal is joined by David Larock, President at Integrated Mortgage Planners — and Greg Taylor, Chief Investment Officer at Purpose Investments.

The Economic Damage of China’s COVID Measures

The Economic Damage of China’s COVID Measures

Saijal welcomes Elaine Dezenski, Senior Director at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD), to discuss China’s restrictions related to COVID-19, the toll these measures are taking on the economy, and what the global ramifications could be.

EI and CPP “Tax Hikes” | Finance Advisor Standards

EI and CPP “Tax Hikes” | Finance Advisor Standards

Saijal speaks with Evelyn Jacks, President & CEO of the Knowledge Bureau — and Jean-Paul Bureaud, Executive Director of FAIR Canada.

The Increase of Financial Gifting in Canada

The Increase of Financial Gifting in Canada

Saijal is joined by Julie Petrera, Senior Strategist of Client Needs at Edward Jones Canada, to discuss a new financial study, unveiling the number of young Canadians relying on “The Bank of Mom & Dad.”

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.

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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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