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Financial planning across generations

Financial Planning Across Generations: Wants vs. Needs

In many cases Baby boomers not only have to plan for their own financial future, but also that of their parents. Not all Baby boomers are going to inherit money from their parents; many will have to assist their parents both financially and personally. There is a distinct gap between the level of financial assistance that parents of adult children think they want, and what they really need.
Toronto-based, Bayshore Home Health conducted a survey in February 2018 that revealed […]

Investing takes grit

Investing Takes ‘Grit’

If there’s one thing the extended bull market run has taught us, it’s that investing takes “grit.” Often dubbed “the most hated bull market of all time,” as reported by the media for many years now.
Grit is about having the same goal for a very long time, and sticking to it despite setbacks or failures. Researchers have determined that it can be one of the greatest predictors of an individual’s long-term success, even more important than IQ or wealth.1
As […]

Old Age Security Clawback

Old Age Security Clawback

Many people are surprised that when they turn 65 they are not guaranteed to get all of their Old Age Security (OAS). They do not realize that OAS is income tested and if you make over a certain income in a year it will be “clawed back,” officially known as the OAS Recovery Tax.
How does the clawback work?
If you make $77,580 (2019) or higher, you get a reduction in OAS benefits by 15 cents for every dollar over that […]

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A Win-Win? Socially Responsible Investing

The release of Forbes magazine, 2019 Just 100 list suggests that Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations, may be more prophetic than ever. In Smith’s book, published in 1776, he used an “invisible hand” metaphor to suggest that in a free-market economy, businesses pursuing their own economic interests can end up serving the interests of society. Fast forward to today and the Just 100 list demonstrates that many large, U.S. publicly-traded corporations are successfully aligning business practices with […]

Financial Advice

The Value of Financial Advice

Money is emotional and the biggest risk is embedded in ourselves as decision makers. And that is why it is of utmost importance to have a good advisor to guide us through our financial decision-making. But how much value does an advisor really add?
Once I’ve done my homework and have partnered with a skilled and principled advisor who I trust, I may need them to be both my money planner and psychologist. Financial Tip: I will listen to my financial […]

Happiness is linked to Money

Happiness has a Dollar Value—Less than You Think

What drives our happiness? This is a question that researchers continue to investigate. Despite the oft-repeated adage suggesting otherwise, there is indeed an intrinsic link between money and happiness. However, the research might surprise you.
Each year, the United Nations (UN) measures the happiness of countries globally in its World Happiness Report. According to the UN, the variables that drive a nation’s happiness include income, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, trust, and generosity. Canada consistently places in the top […]

probate fees

Keep Probate Fees in Perspective

In Canada, we don’t have a “death tax,” where significant taxes must be paid on the transfer of wealth at death. Consider that in some countries like the U.S. or Japan, estate tax can reach rates of up to 40 and 55 percent respectively!1 Yet, over the years, probate fees have become a de facto estate tax.

Estimated Probate Fees on a $1M Estate Value by Province2

Probate is the process by which a court confirms the validity of the will […]

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Finding the Right Financial Partner in Parksville

It’s important to take action and make sure your financial future is in order, and it’s never too early to start. But where do you begin? Everyone wants to know if they are getting what they pay for. How do you choose the right financial partner?
Financial planners have varied training, qualifications, and experience in Parksville and across Vancouver Island. Many financial planners hold designations and have passed courses in financial planning. Others are also registered with their securities regulator […]


Budget 2019: New Housing Affordability and Retirement Planning Initiatives

In late March, the Federal Government tabled their final budget prior to October’s federal election. The Budget holds key initiatives aimed at helping young people with housing affordability, and to help seniors with retirement planning. Here are some notable changes that may impact you or your loved ones, specifically targeting the young and the old:
The Young: Housing Affordability
While many children may be hoping for support from the bank of mom and dad to purchase a home, if this isn’t […]

RRSP withdrawal

Don’t Make this Costly Mistake! Be Sure to Declare RRSP Withdrawals as Taxable Income

RRSP withdrawals must be part of your tax planning strategy. It is extremely important to understand the implications of Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) withdrawals on your taxable income in the year you make the withdrawal.
Below is a well written article that highlights the implications of RRSP withdrawals, and provides a good understanding of the tax system. Remember, seeking professional tax advice is always a prudent strategy.

Running afoul of the CRA on RRSP withdrawals can be a costly mistake
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