Annuities: Managing the Risk of Living Too Long

Insurance and Risk Management – Part 7 What? There is a risk in living too long? Imagine you are 65 years old. You have been reasonably diligent in saving for retirement. Now is the time to cash in. You are about to start receiving your Canada Pension...

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Segregated Funds: Mutual Funds with Insurance

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 6 Doesn’t this Post Belong Under Investment Planning? While segregated funds are investment products, the fact that they have certain insurance features and can only be bought through someone who is life-insurance-licensed, I have placed this topic under...

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Life Insurance

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 2 Life insurance probably ranks up there with wills and estate planning when it comes to enthusiasm for the average person. They both have to do with death. Really, life insurance should be called death insurance since...

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Risk Management

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 1 Wouldn’t you love to be a risk manager? It sounds like a job for the man or woman who gets great joy from being a party pooper. I suppose that might be true in some circumstances,...

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Asset Allocation: Putting It All Together

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 8 Over the course of this series on investing, I have written about bonds and stocks and the ways they may be purchased, that is, individually or via funds, whether those are mutual funds or Exchange-Traded Funds. For now,...

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Passive Indexing vs. Active Management

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 7 In the world of investment funds, passive investments that track an index are relatively recent innovations. In the US, John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, launched a mutual fund in the 1970s that tracked the S&P 500 Index....

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