This section includes short articles written by our advisors on current topics, as well as answers to questions asked at some of our client meetings. Blog topics range from delving into the nuts and bolts of an investment strategy or what to look for in an advisor, to understanding why estate planning is so important, and whether you will have enough savings for retirement.
In times of turbulence in the market many clients asked me my thoughts on gold. Here is some information I think you might find interesting. Richard Wylie’s latest edition of The Big Picture commentary explains that during times of heightened uncertainty, investors have sought the refuge of lower risk investments. One of these so-called safe-haven investments, gold, has a particularly long history of attracting attention during periods of political and social upheaval.
Many don’t believe that life insurance is there to help you out when you least expect it. When you purchase term insurance, the purpose of it is to simply give you peace of mind with the hopes that you’ll never have to make a claim. However, the importance of it really comes through when one of the persons insured passes away prematurely leaving behind their loved ones to deal with the finances and children’s education.
What Cottage Owners May Want to Consider Sooner Rather than Later
The summer is coming to an end quicker than we would like. And for many, that means closing down the cottage. For myself, and many of my clients, summers at the cottage are a break from the hustle and bustle of “city living”. Having a place to retreat to in the warm months is just one of the many benefits of having a cottage in the family.
Here’s a great article by James Burton of Wealth Professional magazine I’d like to share with you today:
Fees have hit rock bottom thanks to Fidelity but good advisors will always have the ammunition to prove their value, according to an industry veteran.
The vast majority of our clients understand that financial services do not come for free. This is why our business exists. Not all Canadians have the time nor the inclination to manage their financial affairs. Therefore, they delegate that responsibility to financial professionals like ourselves.
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Well, today’s biggest estate planning issue is what we call the Beneficiary Lottery. This is the solution that many people default to by trying to avoid conflict or not dealing with estate issues. In a nutshell, when wills are made they are done per individual, not jointly. At any time, either party can change their will without informing the other. In addition to this, when one party has passed the surviving person can make any changes to their will, as they see fit.