Spending the winter stateside?

On February 7, 2017, a bill was presented to Congress proposing that Canadians over age 55 can stay in the U.S. up to eight months each year without having to file U.S. taxes. But until that bill passes, it’s critical to keep track of how many days you’re stateside. Overstay your welcome and you may need to complete a U.S. … Read More

Is it better to invest a windfall all at once or a bit at a time?

Savvy investors are familiar with the concept of dollar-cost averaging — investing smaller amounts at regular intervals. You buy more shares or fund units when prices are low and fewer when prices are high, reducing the average cost of your investments over time. Another convenient benefit is that regular intervals can match up nicely with your paycheques. But what if … Read More

Retiring? Consolidation is even more important

Your retirement success depends on the strategic management of the different types of investments that make up your nest egg. These include: Secure assets to preserve your capital — very important once you are no longer earning income. Growth assets to help ensure your nest egg lasts as long as you need it to. A variety of registered and non-registered … Read More

Simplify your financial life

If you have investments with different investment firms and financial institutions, you’re not alone. It can happen pretty easily. Maybe you have a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) from your first place of employment and a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) you opened at your bank. Perhaps you bought some stocks at a discount brokerage. The problem is, scattered investments … Read More

What if your child boomerangs back?

An empty nest won’t necessarily remain empty. According to Statistics Canada, 42% of young adults aged 20 to 29 live with their parents. Even at ages 25 to 29, 25% are back home.¹ A child can move home for any number of reasons — a low-paying job, unemployment, an ended relationship. Or a child might be gainfully employed but saving … Read More

When the nest empties, life changes

At first, when the children have left home, it’s the psychological side of things that strikes you — the exhilaration of newly found freedom, or melancholy over missing your kids, or perhaps mixed emotions. But later, practical matters take over. Here’s a look at some common financial matters to consider once your nest has emptied. The pros and cons of … Read More

Plan now for year-end to-dos

In December, many people face a time crunch with holiday planning and end-of-year tasks. But you can reduce the stress by getting a head start on your financial to-do list. Here are some steps you can start planning now. TFSA withdrawals. Do you plan on taking money out of a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) in the near future? Make the … Read More

Tips for saving on life and health insurance

Mortgage payments, car payments, property taxes… With so many demands on your cash flow, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get the protection you need for less? There is. In fact, there are a number of ways to make life and health insurance more affordable, as the following examples show. Mandy, single parent Mandy, a single … Read More

Married or single? It makes a difference in retirement

A car or a condo costs the same whether there is one person buying or two. But financial planning is different for single and married people, especially in retirement. Here’s a look at the challenges and opportunities unique to couples, singles and the widowed. When you’re married In addition to companionship, retired couples can take advantage of a range of … Read More

Saving for your kids’ education? It may cost more than you think

For the 2016/2017 academic year, the average undergrad tuition in Canada was $6,373. But undergrads in dentistry paid $21,012; in medicine, $13,858; and in law, $11,385.1 Costs for residence also varied widely, from $8,000 at one university to more than $14,000 at another this past year.2 Then there are all the miscellaneous expenses associated with schooling, from books and lab … Read More