4 Things Retirees Should Know About the 4% Rule

4 percent rule

When people are looking to make the transition to retirement, they want to know how much they can spend each year without running out of money. The amount of capital you can safely withdraw from your portfolio each year without running out of money has been called the “Safe Withdrawal Rate.” There is something called the […]

Chapter 2: THE DOUBLE O’s – What You OWN and What You OWE

What you owe and own

Chapter 2: THE DOUBLE O’s – What You OWN and What You OWE Even though the first meeting was set for our cottage, I was surprised when Aunt Lorraine and Mark showed up so early on Saturday morning. It seems Mark’s boys had come up for the weekend with their girlfriends, and the atmosphere was […]

What to do during a Market Downturn or Recession

Market Turndown and Recession

With the market decline this year and a potential recession, people want to know what they should do with their investments and financial plans. You can take the following suggestions and actions to help navigate a market downturn. Key Suggestions Avoid doing anything drastic With a market decline, it can be tempting to get out […]

Where do Financial Advisors work?

Financial Advisors

If you are unwilling to create and manage your own Retirement Road Map, you will want to find an advisor that specializes in working with people who, like you, are planning for the transition to retirement or who may already be retired. A report from July 2014 called “Sound Advice Insights into Canada’s Financial Advice […]

Planning your Will and Powers of Attorney

Will and Power of Attorney planning

A common question we received is what we should consider when planning our wills and powers of attorney.  The following excerpt from the Book – Preserving Wealth describes this. APPENDIX C: PLANNING YOUR WILL AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY Introduction This document contains background information regarding the planning of your Will and Powers of Attorney. Its […]

How to Navigate a Market Downturn for Retirees

Navigating Market Downturn

With the market decline this year, people want to know what they can do. The following are suggestions and actions you can take to help navigate a market downturn. Key Suggestions Complete a Portfolio Performance Review The first step is to find out if other portfolios with a similar investment mix have declined about the same […]

Paying Your Income Taxes in Retirement

Paying Income Taxes in Retirement

When making the transition from your working years to retirement, a common concern or question that comes up is, “How do I pay my taxes in retirement?”  I had this conversation with two clients recently as many retirees are unsure of how taxes work in retirement. Key Takeaways: As a retiree, you pay your income […]

Preserving Wealth The Next Generation

Preserving Wealth

The Definitive Guide to Protecting, Investing, and Transferring Wealth. This book is based on my experiences working with many families developing and implementing plans to build, preserve and transfer wealth. I hope you enjoy the first chapter! CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION—MEET THE CAST It was the usual opening day for our father’s summer cottage, the May […]

Seven Strategies to Withdraw Corporate Assets for Retirement

Corporate Assests for Retirement

A great strategy that many owners of Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPC) use to build up retirement savings is to invest within their corporation using the benefit of the tax deferral between their personal income tax rate and the small business income tax rate. At retirement business owners may end up with investment assets within their […]

Do you need Disability Insurance?

Disability Insurance

Do you need Disability Insurance? While reviewing the financial documents during a meeting with a couple in their forties who wished to create a retirement plan, I didn’t see any disability insurance for one of the spouses.  He had a group disability policy with work, but she was self-employed and didn’t have one.  She mentioned […]