The “Know Your Client” rule

The “Know Your Client” rule

Before providing you with advice, investment advisors must meet the requirements of the “Know Your Client” (KYC) rule to ensure their advice is suitable for you. At your first meeting, your investment advisor will ask for your: Marital status Age – your date of birth Occupation – if you are retired, your occupation before you retired Income […]

Retirement Income Enhancer – Insured Annuity

Retirement Income Enhancer – Insured Annuity

 If you are like most Canadians, you may be looking for: Guaranteed supplemental retirement income Ways to guarantee you don’t lose any of your hard-earned money A guaranteed income certificate (GIC) will work perfectly. The problem is that GIC revenue is interest income and is taxed at your marginal tax rate. In today’s low interest […]

Segregated Funds Benefits

Segregated Funds Benefits

As you know, I’ve helped you manage your risk be it with life insurance, critical illness, or disability insurance. I also have expertise in helping you with your investments and managing risk there too. As an independent insurance advisor, I’m uniquely qualified to offer you segregated funds, which are an investment product with principle guarantees, […]

Intro to Segregated Funds

Intro to Segregated Funds

Investing your money is an effective way to put your money to work and build your wealth. By investing smart, it helps give you more flexibility to earn more on your money, build more security for your retirement, and ultimately give you the chance at achieving your financial goals and dreams. However, investing comes with […]

ESG Investing

ESG Investing

More and more, Canadians want their investments to reflect their personal values and we want our investments to have an impact for positive change in the world.  There are many approaches to responsible investing, including: Climate change Women in leadership Community development Excluding fossil fuels, weapons, and vices Companies that perform well on environmental, social […]

Financial markets at a glance

Financial markets at a glance

FINANCIAL MARKETSAT A GLANCE   MARCH 31, 2021 Canadian and U.S. equity sectors were generally positive this month. Short-term and global bonds outperformed, amongst a backdrop of rising yields. Here are the financial markets at a glance.  Download the PDF     CANADIAN EQUITIES   US EQUITIES     Sector9 of the 11 Canadian equity […]

TFSA in a nutshell

TFSA in a nutshell

A Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a personal savings account that can be used to save for any goal. After-tax money can go into a TFSA, but your investments grow tax-free and you won’t pay any tax on withdrawal.Who should invest in a TFSA?Canadians who have reached the age of majorityGreat for short term, medium-term, […]

Have you ever heard of an Immediate Financing Arrangement?

Have you ever heard of an Immediate Financing Arrangement?

Do any of the below resonate with you? I hold traditional investments inside my holding/operating company I am looking to diversify my holdings towards an alternative tax advantaged asset class I want to increase the internal rate of return on my estate plan.  I want to maximize the Capital Dividend Account balance (corporate IFA).  I […]

2021 Federal Budget @ your fingertips

2021 Federal Budget @ your fingertips

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Generational Wealth Transfer- Using permanent insurance

Generational Wealth Transfer- Using permanent insurance

You already have excess wealth that you plan to pass on to the next two generations. You want them taken care of financially and have likely earmarked a portion of your investment portfolio for them.One issue that arises is that all non-registered investment growth is eroded by taxation. A tax-free permanent insurance policy can make […]

Why/When to own Corporate Owned Permanent Insurance

Why/When to own Corporate Owned Permanent Insurance

When should you consider Participating Whole Life Insurance inside your Corporation? You’re a significant shareholder in a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation Age 40+ and healthy The corporation has excess annual cash flow and/or investment assets not needed for business purposes. Typically, been in business for at least 5 years. Want to maximize your estate and […]

Cap Taxes with an Estate Freeze

Cap Taxes with an Estate Freeze

Ease the tax burden on you, your family and your business with an estate freeze What is an estate freeze? Though the term may sound sophisticated, an estate freeze is a commonly available technique that is used to defer the tax on the future growth of your assets by passing all future growth to the […]

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 #9

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #9

POSTED BY PETER WOUTERS  Things often go wrong or take an unexpected turn even though you carefully planned what you were going to do. Robert Burns’ famous line basically said that the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. That extends to intentions of staying on the job or finding paid work later […]

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 […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #7

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #7

POSTED BY PETER WOUTERS  Some rules of thumb and long held assumptions may work well while you are saving for retirement. Holding on to them when you are spending those savings during retirement, may become toxic to your financial health. The myth is that you’ll have enough money to last through retirement as long as the […]

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 […]

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