Latest Articles

9
Feb

Why Organizations Should Include US Currency Options in Canadian Term Deposits

  US Term Deposits offer strategic advantages for financial institutions and brokerages, as well as their clients. By focusing on product diversification, currency risk management, customized investment solutions, and the pivotal role of CDIC insurance, this article sets the stage for a comprehensive exploration of nominee-based and client-named US dollar guaranteed investment certificates (GICs). It emphasizes the importance of these

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25
Jan

The Portfolio+ Way: Transitioning to a POD Structure

Organizations must continually evolve and adapt to thrive in today’s ever-changing business and technical landscape. The team at Portfolio+ understands this well and is embracing new ways of working. Portfolio+ is pleased to share that it has embarked on a transformative journey to enhance its capabilities in product design and exceptional customer support. This voyage involves a strategic move to

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22
Jun

What Is a Core Banking System?

What Is a Core Banking System?  When it comes to managing, prioritizing, and adopting new banking technologies, there’s an awful lot to consider lately. From endlessly evolving digital transformation strategies that may include complex cloud migration initiatives and API-based integrations, banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions are tirelessly confronting a rapidly changing financial services landscape. While exploring new opportunities

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27
Apr

What Is a Credit Union?

If you’ve ever wandered the warm, misty streets of Vancouver in the spring, driven the flat endless plains of the Canadian Prairies, or even grew up in small town Ontario, there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen a credit union here and there. Throughout Canada, both small and large independent credit unions are a staple of the communities they

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17
Apr

What Is a Reverse Mortgage?

What Is a Reverse Mortgage? Exclusively designed for seniors or individuals aged 55 years and older who either already own their home or are close to paying off their mortgage, a reverse mortgage is a loan that allows homeowners to borrow money against the equity in their homes. In contrast to a conventional mortgage, a reverse mortgage does not require

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1
Mar

GIC Software | 5 Best Features for Financial Institutions

What Are the 5 Best GIC Software Features for Banks and Financial Institutions? Banks and financial institutions know that the right GIC software is one of the most critical components of a core banking system. It not only provides a trusted foundation for creating and offering a diverse range of deposit products that appeal to a wide range of investors,

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15
Feb

Are GIC Investments Making a Comeback?

GIC investments are traditionally more popular among a certain type of investor, but according to recent data from the Bank of Canada, it appears that GICs and fixed-term deposits are on the rise with their popularity set to skyrocket in 2023, as more and more Canadians turn to safer investments in the face of heightened economic uncertainty.  In fact, data

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31
Oct

Portfolio+ Elevates Security Stance with Its Successful SOC 2® Type 2 Examination

Portfolio+ chose the industry-recognized 360 Advanced, Inc., a licensed CPA cybersecurity and compliance firm, to perform the demanding third-party examination. Portfolio+, which leverages innovative technologies to drive an open banking ecosystem for personalized banking and financial services, announced today it has successfully completed its System and Organizational Controls (SOC) 2® Type 2 Report on controls relevant to Security, Availability and

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26
Oct

What Is Deposit Insurance and CDIC’s Fast Insurance Determination?

What Happens When A Bank Fails? Your money isn’t available. Yes, that’s right. It probably comes as a bit of a shock. Your banking app is down, too—that’s just a part of this whole thing. You read the message, though, right? I think it says something like, your financial services are not available. Not very helpful, is it? They should

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3
Sep

What Is a Schedule I Bank?

What is a Schedule I Bank in Canada?  It’s OK to admit that maybe there’s a point where your understanding of the banking landscape kinda-sorta-slips-away-from-you. Maybe you know a thing or two about investment banking. Maybe you’re even a bit of a specialist in personal investments at your firm. The kind of person everyone goes to for advice on the

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