Life Stages

How Young Professionals Can Set Themselves Up for Financial Success

Starting your professional career can be equal parts exciting and terrifying. Having a steady stream of income for the first time is a great feeling but knowing what to do with the money can be confusing. Below are 5 strategies that all young professionals should employ to make sure their finances stay on track.

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The Saving Versus Mortgage Dilemma

After all the bills are paid, sometimes we find ourselves with a surplus of cash and are left wondering the best way to use it.  Your options for available cash essentially fall into three categories: spending it, investing it, or pay down debt.  Trying to perfect the balancing act of savings as much as possible while still trying to pay for a mortgage can be stressful and somewhat confusing.  While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for allocating cash, there are some tried and true principles that could help you make the most of your money.

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Term vs Permanent Insurance

When it comes to life insurance, there are many options available – so many, in fact, that it can be an intimidating process to undertake. Many people are unsure about which option is best in terms of cost, coverage and meeting their goals. That said, insurance can be quickly and easily simplified by dividing it into two broad categories: permanent and term. Each of these insurance categories has multiple variations.

The video below is intended to provide clarity and relieve some of the anxiety associated with choosing the most appropriate insurance option for your situation. If you have questions about insurance options and what would best suit your needs and goals, please contact us – we’d be pleased to answer your questions!

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Estate Maximization

In your lifetime, you’ve worked hard to build assets, some of which you may want to pass along to loved ones or charitable organizations after your death. The following video explains how to use a Life Insurance Estate Maximization strategy in order to minimize taxes and maximize your legacy.

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Individual vs. Mortgage Insurance

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or purchasing a vacation property, if you have a mortgage your lender will encourage you to purchase mortgage insurance.

Like every other life insurance policy, a death benefit will be paid if the insured person dies. Mortgage insurance is usually not the most cost effective and flexible way to protect your assets and family. In almost every case there are less expensive policies than those offered by lenders.  The video below explains the difference:

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Using Joint-Last-to-Die Insurance to Protect Your Estate

Joint-Last-to-Die (JLTD) insurance is designed to protect the assets for the beneficiaries of an estate. A JLTD policy is issued on the lives of two people; typically spouses. The policy continues after the death of one spouse, and the benefit is paid on the death of the surviving spouse.

This type of insurance is an effective estate planning tool that provides protection for your estate as well as keeping premium costs lower than traditional insurance approaches.

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Estate Planning Checklist

Benjamin Franklin once claimed there are two things in life that are inevitable: death and taxes. In the case of those people who die without a will and proper estate planning, the adage can easily be altered to: death and more taxes.

The wise Benjamin Franklin also once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So consider looking at the few simple steps below to ensure that you are ready for the inevitable.

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Who needs retirement planning?

On average, 1,250 Canadians turn 65 years old every single day. Most Boomers were born between 1961 -1965. And people are living longer, much longer. With all of this happening, it’s small wonder that the media, politicians and the financial services business are all talking about retirement. That kind of focus may be good, because of what it means for savings habits and pressures on goods and services. There are a lot of myths we have to be wary of if we want to ensure we have an adequate retirement income that lasts a lifetime.

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How To Involve Your Family In Estate Planning

Estate planning is an essential part of any financial plan. While you may think that having an estate plan is place is diligent enough, sharing that plan with your family is just as important. Many people do not want to upset their family by bringing up a potentially unpleasant topic, but instead of thinking of it as a plan for the end of your life, consider it a financial continuation plan for your family.

Your estate plan will include you will, insurance, and power of attorneys. All of these strategies will have been put in place to ensure your family will be taken care of in the event of your death. Having a sincere conversation about this plan will only benefit your loved ones in the long run.

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Boomers worried about healthcare costs in retirement

A national study of Canadians with more than $100,000 in investable assets shows that worry over healthcare needs has emerged as the second most important driver, behind retirement itself.

Among investors under 50, 34% identify healthcare as a priority compared with the average of 46% of all respondents, but even among this younger group, healthcare needs emerge as a significant rationale for investments.

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