Is your investment advisor legitimate?

Sources for checking on an advisor’s registration and disciplinary history I am a big fan of the combination of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) investing with Advice-Only, Fee-for-Service financial planning. I think it can be a cost-effective combination for many. On the other hand, there are many people who...

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The Role of the Executor

An Introduction to Estate Planning – Part 5 Once you die perhaps the most obvious observation one can make is that you are no longer in charge. The only way to establish some degree of control over what happens to your assets, your estate, is to...

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Charitable Giving

An Introduction to Estate Planning – Part 4 I read about a well-off senior couple who had four children. They decided to “adopt a fifth child” for estate planning purposes. This meant that, in their will, instead of distributing their assets four ways equally among their...

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Children: Trusts and RESPs

AN INTRODUCTION TO ESTATE PLANNING – PART 3.2 In my last post, I discussed the importance of naming a guardian in your will, someone who will take care of your children if you die before they are old enough to take care of themselves. Another item...

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CHILDREN: GUARDIANSHIP

AN INTRODUCTION TO ESTATE PLANNING – PART 3.1 When people get around to making a will, they often think of their family first. If they are married, they will think of their spouse first. Some assets can be inherited directly, outside of the will. Here I...

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How Much Do I Need to Retire?

An Introduction to Retirement Planning – Part 2 “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Danish proverb   Imagine you and your spouse are 35 years old. You hope to retire at 65. There is an almost 25 percent chance that one of you...

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When can I retire?

An Introduction to Retirement Planning – Part 1 In the middle of this extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may feel like we have been forcibly retired. Our governments have shut down large swaths of the economy in order to enable the physical distancing that, we...

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The Benefits of Charitable Donations

An Introduction to Tax Planning – Part 5 The numbers of people who are applying for Employment Insurance (EI) and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other supports that the government has rolled out in recent weeks are just staggering. Perhaps, like me, the figures...

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