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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…

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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…

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It Pays to Stay Invested…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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QUEBEC 2019 FINANCIAL FACTS

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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…

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