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

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

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?

Photo by Victoria Borodinova from Pexels 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 they had […]

Trusts for Retirees – Probate Planning

When estate planning, most retirees wish to review strategies to avoid probate fees, which in Ontario are 1.5% of the value of the asset that is distributed via a will.  A potential client asked, “Can trusts be used to avoid probate costs when we transfer assets to the next generation?” The answer is yes. For retirees, […]

Nine Tax Strategies to Pay Less Tax in Retirement

Income tax is one of the largest expenses any retiree has. The Fraser Institute Report indicated that Canadians paid 45% of income as taxes in 2019.  Your goal in retirement should be to organize your income stream to: reduce the amount of tax you may have to pay  preserve any government tax credits preserve government […]

The 38 Blog Posts from 2021

I would like to thank all of you who have visited our blog and website. Below I have sorted the 38 blog posts I wrote last year by topic of interest to make the content easier to find. Some of the articles are good, some are ok, and some are……  Feel free to forward them […]

What do I do if I don’t want to be an executor?

The question that arises occasionally from clients is: Can you turn down the role of an executor if you are named one?  Why turn it down? You may not want to be the executor due to family conflict, or the job may be too much for you. So, can you turn the role down?  The simple […]

Risks to Retirement Income Planning

Retirement Income Planning is a speciality in the world of financial advice. There are specific risks that are different from simply saving for retirement. It requires a different skillset for the advisor to be able to plan for the specific risks when developing an income plan that will last a family’s entire lifetime.   From my […]