The Canadian government's easing of foreign property restrictions in registered savings plans has created expanded opportunities for U.S. and other foreign money managers, and is prompting local firms to review their product strategies.

A two-stage increase that raises the foreign content quota to 25 percent this year and 30 percent in 2001 was announced Feb. 28 by Paul Martin, the federal finance minister. That is up from the 20 percent limit that had been in effect since January 1994.

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