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Why Use A Mortgage Broker?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today, we recommend that our clients enlist the services of mortgage brokers when buying property or renewing their mortgages. Gone are the days of automatically renewing one's mortgage or leveraging a long-standing relationship with a local bank branch to secure financing. While, in the past, this was the business norm, in the highly competitive mortgage arena, clients get the best combination of rates and terms by having a professional mortgage broker shop the market for them...
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RRIF withdrawal rates

Monday, June 15, 2015

In the most recent federal budget, there were some interesting and progressive changes. The most obvious to many was that the TFSA annual deposit limit was changed from $5,500 to $10,000. While this is very helpful for many people, I wanted to talk about the changes to the RRIF withdrawal rates.
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Canada - Money for Life - Life Annuity

Monday, May 25, 2015

Click here to see a video detailing how Canadian residents can have a guaranteed monthly income throughout their entire retirement with Life Annuities.
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Permanent insurance

Monday, April 13, 2015

Although permanent insurance may be used to fund any need at death, it is an especially useful tool for the tax-efficient transfer of family wealth to the next generation or to charities...
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Term insurance

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Term insurance is a type of life insurance that provides coverage for a specified period of time, the policy's "term". If the insured dies during the policy term and the policy is active (or "in force"), a death benefit is paid to the beneficiary. To learn more about term insurance...
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Change happens

Monday, February 16, 2015

For most people “financial independence” is a goal. Achieving it relies on gradually converting our “Human Capital” capacity to work, through savings, into a lifelong cash flow. Having financial security or freedom of choice, means having an income, independent of government, employer and family, throughout our lifetime...
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What’s so great about a Tax Free Savings Account?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When the Canadian government first introduced the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA), it was most often used as a regular bank savings account where the interest was not taxed. But it can be so much more useful than that...
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Changes to the RRIF Minimum

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the year you turn age 71, you must convert your RRSP funds to a RRIF, annuity, or cash out. Converted to a RRIF, the plan must pay out a minimum of 7.38% of the value on January 1st. For example, if your account balance at December 31 was $100,000, you would be required to withdraw $7,380 the following year. The minimum withdrawal percentage continues to increase each year until it hits 20% at your age 94...
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Financial Planning – more exciting than you’d think

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November is Financial Literacy Month and the week of November 16th–22nd is hailed as Financial Planning Week. Prominent not-for-profit organizations, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF) strive to raise awareness of financial planning as fundamental to the financial well-being of Canadians...
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How Much Risk Can You Tolerate? Part 3 of 3

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Over the past two months we have examined some of the risks that challenge most of us. It is almost impossible to avoid risk entirely. Knowing where the pitfalls lie and planning for them will certainly help. You might, however, want to consider shifting the risk to someone else, like a life insurance company. Life insurance companies are in the risk business and they have products and services that can assist you in dealing with risk. Some of these are as follows...
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