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What The Heck is a Seg Fund?

What The Heck is a Seg Fund?

What The Heck is a Seg Fund? In today’s economic environment it is important to understand your investment options and alternatives. When looking at investments you need to determine your goals and objectives as an investor.  Asset allocation is at the core of many...

Decoding Financial Jargon

Decoding Financial Jargon

Decoding Financial Jargon How to understand the language of finance like a boss.   DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? A colleague is talking to you about the alpha of one of their investments. You nod your head, but your eyes gloss over. The discussion ends and you wonder...

Why Should We Insure Our Kids?

Why Should We Insure Our Kids?

Why should we insure our kids? The purpose of any insurance is to offset possible future financial losses. We can learn from the following examples:  Tom and Sara had three children, two boys and a girl. One of their sons died at the age of five. Nobody wants to...

How to Get Income Out of Your RRSPs

How to Get Income Out of Your RRSPs

How to get income out of your RRSPs Roger and Linda, like many Canadians, have saved for years for their retirement. They took advantage of RRSPs and now have a substantial amount of savings. As Roger will turn age 71 this year, they need to decide on the best...

Essential Tax Numbers For 2020

Essential Tax Numbers For 2020

Essential Tax Numbers For 2020 With a new year comes new tax numbers. You really want to take advantage of everything you can in regards to your hard-earned money. The more you can write off against your earnings and the more strategic you can be - means the more you...

Learn All About The Home Accessibility Tax Credit

Learn All About The Home Accessibility Tax Credit

Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC) Jennifer is age 70, lives in Ontario and is on disability, she owns a house, but the bathroom is the old school type and needs an upgrade since it’s not very accessible for someone with a disability. Jennifer decided to put in a...

How to Achieve Financial Success

How to Achieve Financial Success

How to Achieve Financial Success It is possible for just about everybody to achieve financial success. Getting there is usually not a matter of financial wizardry. By following some basic principles, you can make your financial dreams come true.  Set Objectives Goals...

A Smart Way to Pay Less Tax Using Life Insurance

A Smart Way to Pay Less Tax Using Life Insurance

Is Your Life Insurance Policy Just a Protection Plan? Ray had thought of his life insurance as purely a protection plan. Taking a holistic approach to his finances prompted him to explore his current life insurance policy for tax deferral options. The Universal Life...

We Hand-Wrote Our Own Wills

We Hand-Wrote Our Own Wills

Maybe you’ve asked, “Can I write my own will?” We are not lawyers, but here’s what we know... It’s okay to write out a will by hand in many provinces, including Ontario, but all of it must be in your own handwriting. You must also sign it.If you can have a lawyer...

We Really Do Have Death Taxes!

We Really Do Have Death Taxes!

Do you own property in the U.S.? Do you own property on which you’ve been claiming depreciation? Do you own anything that would produce a capital gain if you sold it? Do you own a business? Do you have an RRSP, RRIF or other registered accounts?   If you answered...

If Anything Should Happen to Me…

If Anything Should Happen to Me…

While waiting for surgery, Uncle George realized that Aunt Grace might not know about everything that needs to be done if he dies, so he made her this list of things she should do if "anything should happen to me".   Before you tell anyone - Clean out our safety...

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