Turkey Talk, Tokyo, Thaler and Technology: Stories you may have missed in October

October is always a busy month as we finally learn to accept summer is over and that the days are getting shorter. But in the midst of getting back into our post-summer routines and planning for upcoming holidays and celebrations, did you happen to catch all the news TD shared this month?

Not to worry, here’s a look at articles and highlights you might have missed last month in our October round-up.

In the Spotlight

In celebration of Small Business Week in October, TD shined a spotlight on some of the small businesses we are proud to work with across Canada. Check out the video series of their inspiring stories: Girls Addicted to Basketball Natural Wood Designs

Shining a spotlight on our technology transformation story, TD hosted its inaugural Tech Day, an event focused on the theme "Building the bank of the future" that brought together select technology partners and leaders from across the bank to share insights on innovation. Hear what the leaders had to say. Also watch the first video in the event's TD Future Ready video series and check back in later for more videos.


Too shy to DIY? Don't worry! TD Direct Investing busted myths to help Boomers get in the game. Did you know the technology gap between Boomers and Millennials isn’t as wide as you might think – except when it comes to online investing? Click here to find out why!

In the spirit of giving thanks and giving back this month, TD was 'talking turkey' about including charities as part of your estate planning. According to a TD survey, almost half (47 per cent) of Canadians make financial contributions to charitable organizations throughout the year. The survey also found that more than half (55 per cent) of Canadians plan to include, or would consider including, a charity as a beneficiary for part, or all, of their estate. If you are considering including a charitable organization as a beneficiary of your estate, click here for tips to keep in mind.

The critical role emotions and behaviours play in financial decision-making was recently in the news, as a pioneer of behavioural economics, Richard Thaler, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in October. Emotions can play a critical role in making financial decisions both small and large, such as when you're buying a home. A recent TD survey revealed that even though some markets across the country are cooling, 60 per cent of respondents would be willing to exceed their budget, with more than half (56 per cent) saying they would go over their budget by up to $50,000.

Reading Corner

The Vote is On! In October, young readers across Canada voted for their favourite TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards finalist as part of the CBC Fan Choice Contest. Voting ends November 19. Click here to see this year's finalists and check back in with us later this month to find out who will be the winner!

More than 550,000 grade 1 students across Canada in October received a free, special edition copy of Good Morning, Canada by Andrea Lynn Beck as part of the 18th annual TD Grade One Book Giveaway – Canada’s largest free book distribution program for school-aged children. Read more about the book and the program!

Innovate This!

In October, TD built on its reputation for excellent customer service with digital banking services powered by the Microsoft Cloud. TD generates close to 100 million digital records daily, and has more than 12 million digitally active customers. Find out more on how the Microsoft Cloud is helping harness that data, enabling TD to deliver on our promise of legendary service at every touchpoint.

Market Perspectives

Digging in on job numbers, corporate tax cuts south of the border, and the Q3 earning season, TD's own Bruce Cooper broke down for us what happened in the markets in October. Take a listen

On TD's MoneyTalk , Kim Parlee discussed what the changes the government announced about revisions to its proposed new tax legislation could mean for small businesses  with Pierre Letourneau, High Net Worth Planner, at TD Wealth. Hear what they had to say.

Speaking at the 2nd Annual Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit, Kim Parlee spoke with Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer at TD Bank Group, about the low carbon economy, green bonds and what companies need to do to give investors the information they need to assess the risks and opportunities of climate change.

Things worth celebrating

In celebration of National Coming Out Day, TD looked back on some of our employees sharing their greatest Pride moments.

Sake and ribbon-cutting ceremonies marked the return of TD Securities to Tokyo, Japan. The grand reopening of the Tokyo office was attended by over 200 guests, including dignitaries and TD executives. Find out more about how the Tokyo office fits into TD Securities' offering.

In October, TD celebrated the 2017 Canadian Disability Hall of Fame inductees. Click here for Paul Clark, President, TD Direct Investing, EVP, TD Bank Group and Chair of TD's People with Disabilities Committee's thoughts on inclusion at the 24th annual awards.

At this year's Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) awards, Matthew Rodier, a Portfolio Manager and Certified Retirement Specialist at TD Wealth was this year's winner of IIAC's Top Under 40 Award.

Kicked-off #FinLitMonth

Get ready to talk money now, before it's too late. To kick-off #FinLitMonth in November, a TD survey found Canadian parents know the importance of having the money conversation with their kids. They rank money among the top four most important topics to discuss with their children, and agree they are the biggest influence on the development of their children’s money skills. Find out more about the study and check back in with us throughout November for more #FinLitMonth activities.