NSSC Blog: Before You Invest

Question of the week: What are loads?

We continue to get questions from investors regarding investment fees. The latest question was about loads. Specifically, one reader wants to know what a load is. We’ve outlined a few different kinds of loads in previous posts, but we’ll go through them again so you can get the full low down on loads all in one place.

Question of the week: What happens to an RESP if my child doesn’t go to college?

Last week we talked about RESPs and that led a reader to wondering what happens to the money in an RESP if their child doesn’t go to college or university? It’s definitely a possibility. Some parents start funding their RESP before their child is walking. Who knows what they might be doing 18 years down the road?

If this situation does arise then you could have four options to consider:

Question of the week: What is a management expense ratio (MER)?

Our last two blog posts have focused on investment fees, specifically embedded commissions and deferred sales charges (DSC). In both posts we mentioned management expense ratios (MER). Apparently when we mentioned them we should have gone into greater detail about them, as that’s what investors have asked for this week.

Question of the week: What are embedded commissions?

You may have heard the term embedded commission in the news recently. Following the release of CSA Notice 81-330, embedded commissions have been the talk of business and investing news programs and online, through news sites, social media and investment forums. The discussions and talks are helpful because it makes sure investors are informed about what is happening in the industry.