Hey Gen X…let us help you grow and protect your wealth

Hey Gen X…let us help you grow and protect your wealth

Being sandwiched between Boomers and Millennials, you, as a proud Generation Xer might feel like you are the forgotten generation. Although you may be smaller in numbers than your generational counterparts, that doesn’t mean that you’re not mighty. Currently making up 30.7% of the Canadian labour force,1 Gen X has above average household incomes—on average over […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #8

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #8

POSTED BY PETER WOUTERS  At the risk of sounding nitpicky, governments don’t pay for anything. Working Canadians do. Taxpayers do. Taxes are directed to certain areas of need. Growing needs and rising costs means that there isn’t enough public money to go around. That reality is hitting retirees and will hit them harder as time goes on. […]

Decoding financial jargon

Decoding financial jargon

How to understand the language of finance like a boss. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? A colleague is talking to you about the alpha of one of their investments. You nod your head, but your eyes gloss over. The discussion ends and you wonder what you just had a conversation about.    Finance-speak can be confusing […]

Segregated funds vs. mutual funds: how do they compare?

Segregated funds vs. mutual funds: how do they compare?

Two great investment options with distinct differences. Many investors have heard about mutual funds and the wealth potential they have as an investment. Fewer know about segregated fund solutions (seg funds) and their unique features and advantages. Like mutual funds, seg funds are pooled investments. They combine the money of many investors, creating economies of […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #6

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #6

I’m sure you can come up with a list of things that don’t fit the “set it and forget it” philosophy. Set the cruise control and forget it. Set the room temperature and forget it. Invest in a certain investment that has a particular risk associated with it and forget it. You need to make […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

The myth of never touching your capital starts when people are working and saving for retirement. Some become conscientious savers, never touching their nest egg. That mentality spills over into retirement. Changing habits can be hard. Retirement myth #5: Never touch your capital. Conventional thinking and approaches often work on keeping your assets intact during retirement. […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #4

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #4

How much income will you need during retirement? The myths and misunderstandings continue, despite growing evidence and research that debunk them. Retirement myth #4: You need 70-85% of your current income in retirement. Retirement myth #4: You need 70-85% of your current income in retirement. A growing number of analysts and researchers on retirement income […]

How to save money as you head into retirement

How to save money as you head into retirement

By Cathie Ericson As retirement gets closer, your budget, priorities and lifestyle habits may change. Here’s how you can adapt to those changes and save money along the way. How do you picture retirement? Is it adventures with the grandkids? Vacations with friends? That sounds idyllic, but it’s not always realistic portrayal of retirement. According […]

Financial myths and realities: Succession planning

Financial myths and realities: Succession planning

By Patricia Dubois There are many money myths around, and Sun Life advisors have heard nearly all of them. Here are 2 about succession planning – and the realities behind them. There’s no shortage of misconceptions about money. Well-meaning but mistaken people often spread them to family and friends, and sometimes even try to insist […]

How much life insurance does my family need?

How much life insurance does my family need?

The answer to this question differs from one person to the next. Consider the following: ► What would be the financial impact on your family if they lost 100% of your income? ►  What would be the financial impact on your family if they lost 75% of your income? ►  What would be the financial impact on […]