“Why do I need a financial plan?” + MORE Jan 12th

How to go about securing the best Retirement Plan in Canada.
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Maximizing spousal RRSP contributions in your 70s + MORE Mar 23rd

Q. My wife will turn 71 in 2022. She has three spousal RRSPs that we will arrange to mature on the same day: Feb. 8, 2022. On that day, we will convert all the RRSPs into a RRIF. Between now and then, I wish to take full advantage of my ability to continue making contributions to spousal RRSPs. I am.... More »

Women, here’s how to save more for retirement — or you’ll live to regret it + MORE Mar 2nd

The right adviser and the right habits can impose discipline, writes Lesley-Anne Scorgie..... More »

Reality-testing your financial plan + MORE Mar 16th

Q. I am contemplating changing financial planners and I just met with one who seemed very impressive. Within about three hours he had everything laid out for me: the investments I should purchase, the use of life insurance, delaying CPP to 70 and more. Still, I would like to get a second opinion bef.... More »

Marriage or mortgage: Which is the better investment? Mar 30th

Weddings can be expensive, but so can many of the things that come after a wedding—like a home purchase, starting a family and saving for retirement. And so money is an important relationship issue even before a couple ties the knot.  Both weddings and home purchases can both cause people to thin.... More »
Q. I am in my early 50s, have a steady job, I’m not a big spender, and I make RRSP contributions. Why would I need a financial plan? I don’t see how it could help me.
A. To answer your question (and it’s a good one!), let’s think about why people get a plan, the benefits of having a plan and how you can get the most out of one.
Planning is about mastering change, and there are generally two types of plans: reactive and proactive.
Reactive plans occur when there has been a change in a person’s life and they need a solution, such as a change of jobs, divorce, when transitioning to retirement, commuting a pension, etc. 
Proactive planning is about thinking about life and seeing what is possible. You’re looking ahead at how to maintain and enhance your lifestyle over your lifetime without the fear of ever running out of money, no matter what. Proactive planning is almost always a work in progress, because life happens, and people’s needs and wants change. The important thing is to have a planning model you can access at any time to help you make important financial and lifestyle decisions…

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Using The Wealth Formula to boost investment successFor many Canadians, learning investment basics can lead to smarter choices and, ultimately, a better retirement. A good starting point is understanding the fundamental elements that determine investment success or failure. These elements can be summed up in a simple equation I call “The Wealth Formula.”
Six powerful forces will determine the sum of your future wealth: three “Wealth Builders” and three “Wealth Killers.” Their impact will pull you and your money in different directions—often at the same time—working either to grow or shrink your wealth. Small variations in any one of these opposing forces can have an enormous influence on your ultimate results.
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Wealth Builders
All else being equal, the more money you save and invest, the more you end up with…right? Of course. Saving and investing more today, and regularly over time, means more wealth, perhaps significantly more wealth, in the future. But while that may be obvious, it isn’t easy…

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