Financial planning or wealth management?

Financial planning or wealth management?

By Susan Yellin – sunlife.ca It takes financial planning to create wealth, but you needn’t be wealthy to plan. So what’s the difference between planning and wealth management? A financial plan is not a single-purpose, one-time task. In fact, when you embark on this crucial strategy, it’s important you think of it as a multi-step, […]

Don’t let the news affect your retirement planning

Don’t let the news affect your retirement planning

The alarming headlines of 2017 might be tempting investors to take drastic action. But it’s smarter to take a deep breath and a longer view. For Canadian investors, 2017 has provided plenty of potential worries, with an erratic U.S. president given to Twitter eruptions being arguably the largest. The real danger for investors is that […]

Looking for guaranteed retirement income? Think about an annuity

Looking for guaranteed retirement income? Think about an annuity

By Sheryl Smolkin – Sunlife.ca As retirement nears, the focus changes from building your nest egg to converting it into income. But how can you avoid outliving your money? This is a vital concern, particularly when you’re looking at 30 or more years of retired life. Drawing down the capital and investment return from a […]

Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First

The power of saving early and steadily for the long term can make a great impact on your retirement lifestyle. In this installment of Life & Money Matters Peter shares some thoughts on the benefits of paying yourself first. Transcript: Pay Yourself First

Do you understand your NEW investment statement?

Do you understand your NEW investment statement?

Client Relationship Model, Phase 2 (CRM2) is an industry-wide regulatory initiative mandated by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). What is CRM2? CRM2 is an industry-wide regulatory initiative that the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have mandated under National Instrument 31-103. Starting in July 2014 and over the next two years, a number of changes will be […]

How to save for tomorrow when you’re not sure about today

How to save for tomorrow when you’re not sure about today

By Kim Armstrong – sunlife.ca Job insecurity doesn’t have to mean financial insecurity. These 5 tips will help you improve your financial health and plan for a brighter future. Sophia Erikson is a 26-year-old who, for the past 2 years, has had to live away from her family and friends, moving from one contract job […]

Using Critical Illness Insurance to Protect your Retirement

Using Critical Illness Insurance to Protect your Retirement

You have a retirement plan set out and it includes your RRSP.  Could a health interruption get in the way of your plan? If you need to withdraw money from your RRSP, not only can it affect your RRSP’s growth, it’s considered taxable income. In fact for every $1.00 you need, you’ll have to withdraw $2.00, based […]

RRSPs turn 60: a birthday review

RRSPs turn 60: a birthday review

By Susan Yellin   In 2017, the venerable registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) turns 60. Like any 60-year-old, the RRSP has its strengths and weaknesses. Happy birthday, RRSPs. Introduced in 1957 (even before the Canada Pension Plan), registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) were devised as and continue to be a way for Canadians who don’t […]

How Does an RRSP Contribution Reduce Your Income Tax?

How Does an RRSP Contribution Reduce Your Income Tax?

Here is a simple example to help explain. Joe: Annual Salary:  $50,000 Income Tax Paid:   – $11,036 After-Tax Income:    $38,964   An allowable RRSP contribution can be deducted From your income.  In other words your income will be lower when calculating how much income tax you owe for the year. If your income is […]

Money Facts 2017

Money Facts 2017

Manulife Solutions – Winter Edition 2016/2017

Manulife Solutions – Winter Edition 2016/2017

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4 guaranteed investment products you should know about

4 guaranteed investment products you should know about

By Jo Coughlin brighterlife.ca Thanks to good nutrition and medical advances, Canadians are living longer than ever before. But will our savings last as long as we do? Today, many of us can expect to live into our 80s, 90s, and some us even into our 100s. . . When you add up today’s long […]

Money Facts 2016

Money Facts 2016

The “Bigger Bang” RRSP Strategy

The “Bigger Bang” RRSP Strategy

Crunch the numbers with your advisor to see if an RRSP loan is right for you. AS THE CALENDAR YEAR WINDS DOWN, many Canadians start thinking about contributing to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Whether they make a single lump-sum contribution each year or contribute year-round with a “top up” before the annual RRSP […]

A Penny Saved…

A Penny Saved…

DO YOU REMEMBER  THE EXCITEMENT of being a kid on allowance day? Whether dashing to the corner  store for treats or carefully saving that money for something special, those  were some of our first experiences with saving our money and planning our spending. Today we still look forward  to payday, but after paying  the bills, […]

Can you benefit from the new RRIF withdrawal rules?

Can you benefit from the new RRIF withdrawal rules?

By Brenda Spiering RRIF minimum withdrawal rates were lowered last year. If you withdrew more than required, you have till the end of February to put it back and claim a tax deduction. A  Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) is one of the options for converting a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) into income, as […]

Why name a beneficiary?

Why name a beneficiary?

By Dave Dineen, BrighterLife.ca It’s hard to argue with the old saying, “you can’t take it with you.” Since you can’t take your money with you at the end of your life, you might expect more Canadians would name a beneficiary — the person they want to leave their money behind to — for all their financial […]

What’s your financial literacy score?

What’s your financial literacy score?

It’s more important than ever to have the financial literacy skills needed to manage your money and investments wisely. To help Canadians find the resources they need, a coalition of seven non-profit organizations have joined together to organize this November’s Financial Literacy Month. What better time to take a quick quiz to test your knowledge […]

Should you put your money in an RRSP or a TFSA?

Should you put your money in an RRSP or a TFSA?

By Paul Russell, BrighterLife.ca When deciding whether to save in an RRSP or a TFSA, the choice is basically to pay the tax now, or pay it later. But there’s more to consider. Here’s something we’d all welcome — you unexpectedly receive a $1,000 work bonus and want to invest it for the future. You […]

Are seg funds right for you?

Are seg funds right for you?

By Brenda Spiering, Editor, BrighterLife.ca Looking for an investment option that can help you sleep at night? Segregated fund products can guarantee you’ll get back some or all of the money you invest. Segregated (seg) fund products, available exclusively through insurance companies, provide the growth potential of market-based investments with the benefits of an insurance […]