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TFSA or RRSP?

One of the most common investment questions Canadians ask themselves today is, “Which is better, TFSA or RRSP”?

Here’s the good news – it doesn’t have to be an either or choice.  Why not do both? Below are the features of both plans to help you understand the differences.

 

Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) 

  • Any Canadian resident age 18 or over may open a TFSA. Contribution is not based on earned income.  There is no maximum age for contribution.
  • Maximum contribution is $5,500 per year starting in 2013 ($5,000 per year for the period of 2009-2012).  The contribution must be made by December 31st.
  • There is carry forward room for each year in which the maximum contribution was not made.
  • The deposit is not tax deductible, but the funds accumulate with no income tax payable on growth.
  • Withdrawals may be made at any time on an income tax-free basis.  Withdrawals create additional deposit room commencing in the year after withdrawal.

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Don't wait too long

Don’t Wait Too Long to Convert Your Term Insurance

If you require permanent life insurance coverage for family, estate planning, business, or tax planning purposes or you just wish to accumulate money in your life insurance program it may be time to look at a permanent, level cost solution.

Many of us purchase large amounts of low cost term insurance to cover our needs while we are raising our families or growing our businesses.  However, as the saying goes, “there is no free lunch”.  Eventually this low cost term insurance starts to become expensive and other options should be considered.  If you are unable to qualify for a new permanent insurance policy don’t worry, your safety net is the conversion option in your existing policy.

4 REASONS TO CONVERT YOUR COVERAGE

  • A change in your health you are no longer able to qualify for life insurance or you have received a sub-standard rating.  

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Cascading life insurance strategy: A lifetime gift for your grandchildren

If you are a grandparent wishing to provide an asset for your grandchildren without compromising your own financial security you may want to consider an estate planning application known as cascading life insurance.

What are the benefits of the Cascading Life Insurance Strategy?

  • Tax deferred or tax free accumulation of wealth;
  • Generational transfer of wealth with no income tax consequences;
  • Avoids probate fees;
  • Protection against claims of creditors;
  • Provides a significant legacy

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How stable is Canada’s life insurance industry?

Over the past decade, the number of life insurance companies operating in Canada has decreased dramatically because of mergers and acquisitions.  For example, people who had policies issued by Maritime Life, Commercial Union, North American Life, or Aetna Life now find themselves insured by Manulife Financial.  How concerned should we be about the state of the life insurance industry in Canada as a result?

As it turns out, insurance is one of the most closely-regulated industries in Canada.  Unlike the United States, in Canada there is a government organization that supervises all federally-incorporated and foreign insurers to ensure that these companies operate in a prudent manner.  This organization is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI).  Companies that are provincially chartered are overseen by the province in which they do business.  Don’t worry, though: all of the major life insurance companies are federally regulated by OSFI. Read more

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Feb
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What to do after selling your business

The contract is signed. The cheque is cashed. Your business has been sold or you’ve been given a golden handshake. Now what?

It’s a question many former company owners have a tough time answering. Whether you’re looking to sail around the world, start a new enterprise, or spend time with your family, you must now figure out what to do with your money—and with your life.

Here are 13 things business owners should do after leaving.

  • Relax

Shifting gears in a rush increases the likelihood of missteps, financial and otherwise. Take some time to reflect on what’s happened, and what’s to come. You don’t need to accomplish everything at once.

  • Define your goals

Do you want to spend time with family? Travel? Get involved in a charity or a community cause? Start a new business? Write it down.

 

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Twelve key documents you need to gather

By Brenda Spiering, Editor,BrighterLife.ca

Can you imagine what would happen if you died and your beneficiaries didn’t know where to find your will? Or your money?

It happens all the time according to Jim Yih, author of the personal finance blog, retirehappyblog.ca: “When someone dies, there are a whole bunch of questions that need answers but the only person with the answers is not here anymore.” You really love your family and friends, says Yih, so take the time to get your estate organized so you don’t leave them with a big mess to sort through during such an emotional time. Read more »