The New Retirement Reality

The New Retirement Reality

Canada’s population is aging at an accelerated rate. An unprecedented number of Canadians are making the transition to retirement

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 […]

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 […]

Ride out volatility with a systematic approach

Ride out volatility with a systematic approach

A systematic investing plan provides discipline and the potential for better returns. Investors who watch the markets closely can get dizzy tracking all the ups and downs – and, as prices fluctuate, often unpredictably, it can be hard to stay focused on long-term plans. When markets drop, it can be very difficult to fight the […]

It Pays to Stay Invested…

It Pays to Stay Invested…

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, […]

Money Facts 2017

Money Facts 2017

Manulife Solutions – Winter Edition 2016/2017

Manulife Solutions – Winter Edition 2016/2017

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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 […]

BMO ETF Portfolios – Understanding ETFs

BMO ETF Portfolios – Understanding ETFs

Proven Strategies to improve your Finances

Proven Strategies to improve your Finances

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