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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 […]

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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
By […]

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Estate planning with TFSA

What Happens to a TFSA When you Die?

Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are a great investment option with tax free investment growth and tax free withdrawals. Upon death, what happens to your TFSA depends on who the beneficiary is, or if you have named a successor holder.
TFSA Successor Holder or Beneficiary
Let’s look at the difference in tax consequences and probate, assuming the following designations:
Successor Holder – Spouse
Only your spouse can be designated as the successor holder of your Tax-Free Savings Account. The successor holder is designated instead […]

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RESP Grant BC offers

New Parents: Making RESP Contributions

I recently became a new parent at the ripe old age of 40. It has been exhausting, amazing, and overwhelming all at the same time. There are many things to consider financially for your new child, and this can feel daunting.
The first topic I will tackle in this series of blogs is the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).
RESP Grant BC parents should access for their child’s education
RESP’s are made up of contributions (principal) and different government grants. For example, […]

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Investing is a bumpy road

Investing: Never a Smooth Road

Fear and greed—the two emotions that are said to drive the equity markets. How quickly, it seems, that the sentiment can oscillate from one extreme to the other. Over recent times, Canadian and U.S. equity markets have experienced periods of remarkable advances in prices, as well as many months which seemed to forecast an Armageddon just around the corner.
It is interesting how quickly the focus of many market commentators can shift with these movements. After a volatile December for […]

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Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members

Volunteering for Arrowsmith Search & Rescue

I have always wanted to volunteer in my community, doing something that impacts peoples lives. So, two years ago I joined Arrowsmith Search and Rescue. I am really enjoying the experience, and hope that my efforts positively affect the people we serve. 
Because of my previous military training, I believed that S&R (Search & Rescue) was the best fit for me. From a training perspective, we are all required to complete the initial MIT (Member in Training) course. If you graduate from that course, you then move […]

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Choosing a Beneficiary

Do You Need to Revisit Beneficiary Designations?

Naming a beneficiary is a big decision that may sometimes be overlooked. At some point in your life, you may buy a life insurance policy or start a new job with a retirement plan and receive a form that includes a section for the names of your beneficiaries. Many people, unprepared, leave it blank or complete the section without much thought. If years have gone by since completing account paperwork, it may be time for a review. Here are […]

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financial advisors parksville - carly broetz

Financial Advisors Team in Parksville Continues to Expand

Precision Wealth Management is pleased to announce the arrival of Carly Broetz. Carly joins the growing financial advisory team at our office in Parksville.
Carly comes to Precision Wealth from Fidelity Investments of Boston Massachusetts, and was based in their Vancouver office. Fidelity is one of the largest investment asset management companies in the world.
Carly brings her energy and client relationship skills to our company. She looks forward to collaborating with our team of financial advisors in delivering wealth management services to Parksville, […]

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Navigating the Passive Income Rules: IPPs for Retirement

With changes to passive income rules now in effect for small business, owners may be looking for ways to invest income earned in their corporation. Contributing funds to an Individual Pension Plan (IPP) may help to increase retirement savings on a tax-deferred basis outside of the corporation.
What is an IPP?
An IPP is a defined-benefit pension plan that is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). While the IPP has been around since 1991, there has been renewed interest in […]

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Investing to Beat the Average

I WILL stick to the investment plan when things are calm, and especially when I’m feeling anything but calm. When my emotions are running high, it is the wrong time to make rational decisions, including rethinking my investment objectives.

Think about the last financial decision that you made – whether that be a major purchase like a home or vehicle, booked a vacation or simply bought a new wardrobe. How much time did you spend researching that decision, and how […]

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