Most Canadians still investing with their heart

While we’re only human, wise investing means more than simply following your heartTORONTO — Two-thirds of Canadians surveyed by the Bank of Montreal are not able to keep their emotions in check when they make investment decisions and a majority have invested on impulse.The BMO Psychology of Investing Report also finds four-in-10 respondents to the Pollara poll say emotions play a role in their investment decisions.And 60% say they’ve invested on impulse at least once.The most common emotions respondents reported were anticipation, trust and fear.The report also found that many Canadians are unaware of how to make an investment and lack the confidence to do so.About 44% say that they are not confident when investing, while only one-quarter do careful and extensive research when making an investment decision.The report is the second in a series of Canadian mindsets when it comes to personal finances. A previous report found 60% of Canadians engaged in impulse shopping and mood-lifting impulse purchases cost Canadians $3,720 annually.Like shoppers, investors need to ensure they’re in the right state of mind in order to make the best decisions that they do not later regret, said Serge Pepin, vice-president of investment strategy at BMO Asset Management Inc.“While we’re only human, wise investing means more than simply following your heart,” he said.Pepin added that reading the business section of newspapers and magazines, researching online and seeking advice from experts can help ensure they are making the most informed investment decision.The report also revealed that 41% of respondents don’t believe they’re investing enough — with 90% of those saying they haven’t saved enough to invest and 83% saying they want to pay off debt before investing.The survey results are from online interviews with a random sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older, between Nov.6 and Nov. 8.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

Niagara police search for missing 67yearold man

Niagara police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 67-year-old man.Luciano Armenti, of Port Colborne, was last seen leaving his home near Oxford Blvd. and West Side Rd. around 9:30 a.m. on Monday.Armenti’s family contacted police about twelve hours later after his vehicle was found parked in the area of Weir Rd. and Ramey Ave. in Port Colborne. Police say they are concerned for his welfare and believe he may on foot in the area where his vehicle was located. Armenti is described as being five-foot-ten, roughly 180 lbs, with a medium build, and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey and tan Nike jacket, jogging pants and running shoes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Niagara police.Media Release: Missing Persons – NRPS Attempting to Locate Missing Port Colborne Man – https://t.co/VRkK3vqycv pic.twitter.com/MHnWTUMHxm— NRPS (@NiagRegPolice) April 23, 2019 read more