Decoding financial jargon

Decoding financial jargon

How to understand the language of finance like a boss. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? A colleague is talking to you about the alpha of one of their investments. You nod your head, but your eyes gloss over. The discussion ends and you wonder what you just had a conversation about.    Finance-speak can be confusing […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

The myth of never touching your capital starts when people are working and saving for retirement. Some become conscientious savers, never touching their nest egg. That mentality spills over into retirement. Changing habits can be hard. Retirement myth #5: Never touch your capital. Conventional thinking and approaches often work on keeping your assets intact during retirement. […]

School of Thought

School of Thought

Being aware of cognitive biases can help us make better investment decisions. Every day, we make thousands of decisions; some put that number as high as 35,000.[1] The vast majority are routine and without especially big consequences – but then there are the ones that matter a lot more. Choices about investments generally fall into the […]

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

The following graph shows the rolling returns (returns over X consecutive years) for 1, 5, 10 and 20 years. The green lines are positive returns and the red are negative returns. Each consecutive line shows more green lines and fewer red lines thus showing that the longer you stayed invested, the better chance of positive […]

Age, Gender and Retirement Perspectives

Age, Gender and Retirement Perspectives

Do you think that retirement for you and future generations will be significantly different than it is for current retirees? If you say, “yes”, you’re not alone. Most consumers anticipate meaningful differences. Thoughts, expectations, confidence and planning do differ when considering age and gender. Here are some recent findings shared with permission from the LIMRA […]

Insurance made easy

Insurance made easy

Getting the protection you need is faster and simpler than ever before. When thinking about getting a financial plan in order, many people tend to focus on investments, bank account balances, or paying down debt. Insurance protection can sometimes get put on the back burner, often because of misconceptions: it’s not fun to think about, it […]

Which investments can reduce your tax bill?

Which investments can reduce your tax bill?

Taxes may be inescapable, but your choice of investments can have a huge impact on how much tax you pay. It all depends on your personal situation and how you structure your investment portfolio. 3 types of investment income and how they work A basic investment portfolio can generate three types of income: Interest income. […]

3 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

3 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

By Deanne Gage Think your mortgage will be part of your life for decades to come? It doesn’t have to be. Here are three strategies to shorten your route to mortgage freedom. Stretching out your mortgage over as long a period as possible may keep your payments down and help your short-term cash flow. But […]

Estate planning in the cyber age‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Estate planning in the cyber age‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

WITH MORE AND MORE CANADIANS conducting their daily business online – from banking and business meetings to shopping and hailing a cab – it should be no surprise that digital assets are increasing. According to Deloitte Canada, the average Canadian has $1,000 to $2,000 in value stored online.1 Deloitte estimates that by 2020, the average […]