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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Financial Facts 2020 – Quebec

Financial Facts 2020 – Quebec

Due to COVID 19 the RRIF minimum withdrawal has been modified down. See the 2020 rates at the end of this article Age 2020 RRIF Factors 55 2.15% 56 2.21% 57 2.27% 58 2.35% 59 2.42% 60 2.50% 61 2.59% 62 2.68% 63 2.78% 64 2.89% Age 2020 RRIF Factors 65 3.00% 66 3.13% 67 […]

It Pays to Stay Invested…

It Pays to Stay Invested…

Saving taxes on RRIF withdrawals

Saving taxes on RRIF withdrawals

Income from a RRIF qualifies for the $2,000 pension credit on your income tax return. You can take out as much as you want from a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) since there’s no maximum, but keep in mind that every dollar out is considered taxable income in that year. This is why many retirees […]

Consider the potential taxes when you plan your estate

Consider the potential taxes when you plan your estate

Many Canadians save and invest not just to build a better future for themselves but also to leave a financial legacy for their children or grandchildren. Without proper planning, however, much of that legacy could wind up going to the government in the form of taxes. For example, suppose you own a vacation property (that […]

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 […]

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRSP

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRSP

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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. […]

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRIF

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRIF

https://youtu.be/fQQX0a9LDf8 CASE STUDY GUIDE

QUEBEC 2019 FINANCIAL FACTS

QUEBEC 2019 FINANCIAL FACTS

8 money management tips for couples

8 money management tips for couples

Are couples and money incompatible? Is financial planning a relationship killer? Here’s some advice on managing money together without destroying your relationship. 1. Break the money taboo Did you know that money is one of the main sources of conflict in couples? For love and money to coexist, you cannot bury your head in the […]

RRSP contributions for working seniors

RRSP contributions for working seniors

Written by Peter Wouters Stan is turning 71 this year. He is enjoying a life filled with travel, relaxation and time with his family. Like more and more people, work is still very much a part of his life. Stan expects to work at least part-time for the foreseeable future. To Stan, this keeps his mind […]

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