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 […]

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

The following graph shows the rolling returns (returns over X consecutive years) for 1, 5, 10 and 20 years. The green lines are positive returns and the red are negative returns. Each consecutive line shows more green lines and fewer red lines thus showing that the longer you stayed invested, the better chance of positive […]

Financial planning for special needs children

Financial planning for special needs children

How to support their care for a lifetime. Most families are concerned about planning for their children’s financial futures, but for families with special needs children, financial planning strategies have a different and often more complex dimension. The cost of supporting an individual with special needs adds up quickly – from therapies, medical equipment and special […]

Which investments can reduce your tax bill?

Which investments can reduce your tax bill?

Taxes may be inescapable, but your choice of investments can have a huge impact on how much tax you pay. It all depends on your personal situation and how you structure your investment portfolio. 3 types of investment income and how they work A basic investment portfolio can generate three types of income: Interest income. […]

Staying invested in the market

Staying invested in the market

POSTED BY PETER WOUTERS of Empire Life A common piece of advice for investors is that long term success doesn’t hinge on timing the market. It’s time in the market that may make the bigger difference. Most investors aren’t professionals. Accredited investment specialists devote their education, training, time and resources to studying the markets and individual companies. […]

Paying the Price for Post-Secondary Education

Paying the Price for Post-Secondary Education

With Peter Wouters, Director, Tax Retirement & Estate Planning At least 70% of new jobs require some form of post-secondary education or specialized training and the price of entry isn’t cheap. Post-secondary costs have steadily risen and continue to rise on a yearly basis. In this installment of Life & Money Matters, Peter Wouters explores different […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building Wealth Through Investing – Six Principles to Investment Success & Four Ways to Minimize Tax

Building Wealth Through Investing – Six Principles to Investment Success & Four Ways to Minimize Tax

LIFE LEARNING: This information will help you understand your investment options, the risk factors, and methods to reduce investment risk. Building wealth through investing is a vital part of any financial plan but can often be one of the most confusing and emotionally challenging experiences you will encounter. Many marketers promise “get rich quick” stock suggestions or sure- fire […]