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Health Plans – Get cracked before year end

Health Plans – Get cracked before year end

You earned it … possibly this year more than any other. Take a moment for yourself and have those tired, stress-absorbent shoulders massaged, get that neck kink worked out, and brighten that smile. If you have a health and dental plan this is your friendly reminder to...

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What are the investment fees in Canada?

What are the investment fees in Canada?

If you are working with a financial advisor (whether of the human or the robo variety), you can be sure they are getting paid for the advice.  Investment fees and other charges are simply a part of investing. Investment firms or registered investment advisors charge...

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Health Spending Accounts Explained

Health Spending Accounts Explained

Traditional health and dental accounts simply don’t work for everyone. A growing and popular trend in group benefits is giving employees more options on how they can use their benefit dollars. An health spending account (HSA) is an effective way to enhance a...

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The Fed’s impact on the balanced portfolio

The Federal Reserve has made it clear in recent months, in both words and action, that reining in runaway inflation is its top priority. Unfortunately, the Fed's series of interest rate hikes have not been helpful for the traditional balanced portfolio, hurting both...

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The Stock Market Is a Curious Thing

The Stock Market Is a Curious Thing

The stock market is a curious thing. With both stocks and bond prices down this year, investors may wonder whether the principles of a diversified portfolio can still hold up. The first six months of 2022 saw the TSX down 18%, the S&P dropped 24% and Canadian...

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Guide to Recessions: 9 key things you need to know

How bad will the next recession be? That’s one of the questions we hear most often, especially now as the U.S. Federal Reserve aggressively hikes interest rates to rein in inflation at 40-year highs. It seems clear to us that the U.S. will enter a recession by early...

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Do you need health and dental insurance in retirement?

Do you need health and dental insurance in retirement?

If you’re approaching retirement, an important question you may want to ask your employer is “Will I have health and dental benefits when I retire?”. While some retirees may be fortunate enough to have healthcare benefits continue into retirement, most won’t....

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Disability insurance for the self employed

Disability insurance for the self employed

If you were to walk down the street and ask ten people what their most-valuable financial asset is, there is a good chance that all ten would point to assets such as a house, cottage, or investment portfolio. However, if you think about it, your most valuable...

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Rising interest rates create opportunities for bonds

Rising interest rates create opportunities for bonds

Well, it has been tough for the investment landscape this year and the Bank of Canada, determined to choke off rapid inflation before it becomes a permanent feature of the Canadian economy, is steering toward another three-quarter-point interest rate even as the...

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How to avoid losing money

How to avoid losing money

When the stock market takes a tumble, it can be nerve-wracking to see your portfolio drop in value and tempting to pull your money out of before stock prices fall any further. If you're worried about losing money during this market downturn, you're not alone. There is...

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Health and Dental Insurance Explained

Health and Dental Insurance Explained

Think of health insurance as something that is there to help protect your health and your budget. It covers expenses you incur from dental care as well as illness and accident costs that are not covered by your provincial or territorial health insurance. In a...

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Awakening to Inflation

Awakening to Inflation

Higher prices can chip away at your savings, so position your money to stay a step ahead. If it feels like your dollar doesn’t go quite as far as it used to, you aren’t imagining it. The reason is inflation, which describes the gradual rise in prices and slow decline...

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DIY Investing vs Hiring a Financial Advisor

DIY Investing vs Hiring a Financial Advisor

The rise of do-it-yourself (DIY) investors was incredible over the last two years, platforms like RobinHood and Questrade saw record new users over the last 2 years. The COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to a new wave of investors, many who suddenly had more time and money...

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Insured Retirement Plans (IRP)

Insured Retirement Plans (IRP)

One of the most utilized tools in funding an estate plan is term or permanent life insurance. The IRP is a financial planning strategy that uses life insurance to build your wealth for retirement with the following benefits: A solution to current and...

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Funding Business Buy-Sell Agreements with Insurance

Funding Business Buy-Sell Agreements with Insurance

In order to ensure the orderly succession of a business, it is wise for business owners (whether they are incorporated or not) to enter into a buy-sell agreement. The buy-sell agreement creates the conditions for purchase due to an unexpected event to one or more of...

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What should I look for in a disability policy?

What should I look for in a disability policy?

There are many features of a disability insurance policy and they are all important. However, not every disability policy is the same and not every policy has the same features. Whether you are looking for disability insurance for a small...

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