Imagine you woke up today and could no longer go to work – Would you be able to pay your bills? What if you are diagnosed with cancer and must travel for treatments? Could you afford to lose your income and pay for healthcare expenses?
For most Canadians, the answer is no. A survey conducted by RBC found that 50% of Canadians could not afford to take time off work if needed. Luckily, there is a solution available.
Having a child with a critical illness can take both an emotional and financial toll. Having a critical illness policy on your child can give you the peace of mind that if your child become seriously ill, you’d have the financial resources to care for them.
Disability insurance is designed to help you and your family cope financially in the event that you become disabled and are unable to work. The purpose of this type of insurance is to protect your earning potential, therefore protecting your savings and lifestyle. Not all disability policies are created equal and it’s important to understand the differences between group and individual disability policies.
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.
More and more Canadians concerned about the financial costs of major disease are turning to Critical Illness Insurance to gain peace-of-mind and protect their savings. Critical Illness Insurance provides a lump sum payment to the beneficiary who has contracted or suffers from a major disease. This allows them to “soldier on” in the short-term and pursue treatment without the concern over immediate expenses.
There are a number of obstacles that could potentially de-rail a comfortable retirement. These include marriage breakdown, a stock market crash, and being sued. Another huge obstacle would be the diagnosis of a life threatening critical illness affecting you or your spouse. While it might be difficult to insulate yourself against some of the threats to retirement security, Critical Illness insurance goes a long way to mitigate the financial disaster that could result from a change in health as we approach retirement.
Considering that the wealth of many Canadians is comprised of the equity in their homes and the balance of their retirement plans, having to access funds to combat a dreaded illness could put their retirement objectives in jeopardy. Imagine that you are just a few years into or approaching retirement and you or your spouse suffers a stroke. The prognosis is for a long recovery and the cost associated with recovery and care is projected to be substantial. Statistics show that 62,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year* with over 80% surviving* many of whom would require ongoing care. Since 80% of all strokes happen to Canadians over 60 those unlucky enough could definitely see their retirement funding jeopardized.
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