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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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.

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

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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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