Prince Albert’s Cole Kachur knows the value of hard work and dedication.
He attended the University of Saskatchewan and it was there that he decided to keep his focus on investment management. Over the years, he worked up the ladder to become a Senior Wealth Advisor and Associate Portfolio Manager for Scotia Wealth Management.
Kachur, who is a certified investment manager, holds one of the highest designations in the Canadian investment industry. “I recently saw an article that mentioned out of the 125,000 people licensed to sell investments in Canada, only 4,000 of us are held to the highest standards. I am very proud that I have achieved this designation and am held to the highest standard by both my clients and licensing body”
“Nothing has been handed to me,” he said. “[My success is because] of hard work and treating people the right way and doing what’s right for people for what’s been a 10 year period.”
His dedication to his craft eventually caught the attention of the Business News Network, Canada’s only all business and financial news network, which boasts a subscriber base of more than 6 million.
About a year ago, Kachur met someone from BNN while working in Toronto and was asked to come on one of the network’s shows.
For his first time on camera, Kachur did a short segment in Saskatoon. When that went well, he was invited to Toronto to shoot the next segment in the show’s studio. He will again be appearing on BNN’s flagship show, Market Call Tonight at 5:30pm on April 11th
He said he was only nervous his first time on camera.
“Once I got to Toronto and I was in the studio, at that point it was just having a conversation with somebody,” he said. “I’m very confident in my abilities on the financial side and to speak to topics on investments that are relevant to people.”
On the show, Market Call, investment professionals are invited to give their top investment picks. Kachur pointed out that his three top picks have had an average return of 22% since the shows run date in late October
While appearing on a nationally broadcasted show is nice exposure, he said the real benchmark on his success is when he’s recommended by clients to other members of their family.
Kachur describes his work as being more than helping people with their investments While investment management is one of his core responsibilities for clients, Kachur said he also provides advice and counsel to clients in other areas such as tax and estate planning.
“Even at an early age, I was interested in finance,” he said. “I come from a small business background with my family owning Kachur’s Golf Course in P.A. So I kind of have that entrepreneurial spirit. This is an area where I can combine both of them where I basically run my own business just like any other business owner. It’s also in a field I’m interested in and where I help people and build relationships over a number of years.”
Kachur said when he first started investment management, he didn’t realize how big of a role building those relationships with families would play. It’s an element to the work he enjoys the most now.
He said each family has their own story and knowing that allows him to better understand their financial situation as well. He mentioned one of the most gratifying parts of the job is to help families make sound financial decisions that lasts for generations.
Good financial advice, he said, is mostly on a case-by-case basis. He said it can be as simple as someone getting a will or planning for situations that are out of someone’s control. “Between my experience and the team of experts at my disposal, we haven’t come across a situation where we have been unable to provide quality advice.”
“For a business owner, it is going to be completely different than a retiree,” he added. “It’s really about having knowledge in different areas to make sure that we can provide advice on whatever it is our clients are going through.”
Although Kachur’s main office is in Saskatoon, he hasn’t for forgotten his Prince Albert roots. He works with a significant number of clients in the Prince Albert area and makes regular client visits to his hometown. Anyone interested in developing an investment strategy can contact Kachur through his web site www.colekachur.com or by phone 306.343.3260.
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